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Art Almanac March 2019

Art Almanac is a monthly briefing on national art news, reviews and exhibitions. Since 1974, Art Almanac has proudly published the most comprehensive gallery exhibition listings in the country. The magazine features extended exhibition reviews and a national roundup of current shows as well as a dynamic and comprehensive online offering.

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We acknowledge and pay our respect to the many Aboriginal nations across this land, traditional custodians, Elders past and present; in particular the Guringai people of the Eora Nation where Art Almanac has been produced. ‘Art has power because it allows for abstract interpretations and understanding of complex issues’, says Ngaio Fitzpatrick in conversation about how art is a witness to climate change. This is true for many artists in this month’s edition, from Sally Smart who addresses violence against women, Ben Quilty’s interrogation of what it means to be human and the challenge to nationalism in ‘Just Not Australian’. Gemma Smith and Ry David Bradley take art itself as their subject exploring process, material and form.…

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art month sydney

Galleries and creative spaces across Sydney throw open their doors for ‘Art Month’, a city-wide celebration of contemporary art and artists. Now in its 10th year, the annual event presents an innovative program brimming with free exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, studio visits, tours, film screenings and precinct nights from 7 to 30 March. During the event ‘Art at Night’ returns in Paddington & Woollahra, Waterloo & Green Square, East Sydney, St Leonards, and Chippendale & Redfern every Thursday from 6-8pm. Collectors’ Space presents works from some of Sydney’s most exciting private collections at 541 Art Space, while ‘Saturated Terrain’ showcases the work of unrepresented artists who engage with water at Incinerator Art Space. Step into a day in the life of an artist with NAVA, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Artbank’s collection…

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national centre for photography

Melbourne-based artist Robbie Rowlands is the first to undertake a residency and exhibition at the National Centre for Photography’s new location in Ballarat. This recent acquisition is part of Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s vision to revive the old Former Union Bank building on Lydiard Street South as an arts venue. As the Foto Biennale’s key locale, it will accommodate the Mitchell Family Gallery and Martin Kantor Portrait Gallery, a photobook library, dark room and studios. The inaugural exhibition by Rowlands takes the form of a sculptural site intervention. The work evokes an eerie presence of the passing of time, intricately woven from the historic building’s internal walls and remnant furnishings. A series of photographs document the artist’s process, and is on show until 10 March. ballaratfoto.org…

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Lyon Housemuseum’s inaugural exhibition ‘ENTER’ opens in Melbourne on the 16th of this month and continues until 15 July. The show comprises newly commissioned works, which challenge the tradition and constraints of the ‘white cube’. Audiences will experience the dynamic intersection of art, space, the museum and the viewer’s intervention with works by Brook Andrew, Ry David Bradley, FFIXXED studios x James Deutsher, Shaun Gladwell, nova Milne, Kate Mitchell, Callum Morton, Dan Moynihan, Baden Pailthorpe, Kenzee Patterson, Patricia Piccinini, Ian Strange, Esther Stewart, Kynan Tan, Min Wong and Constanze Zikos. Conceived in 2009 by Yueji and Corbett Lyon, the new space will be open six days a week and present exhibitions and public programming with five gallery zones, a shop, café and sculpture garden. Corbett commented ‘Although a small crucible, our…

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castlemaine state festival

Global phenomena, environment and ecology, cultural exchange and collective memory are the themes, which are set to unfold across the ‘Castlemaine State Festival’ in Victoria from 22 to 31 March. Framed by these topics the ten-day festival will energise the region with free and ticketed events across multiple venues where local, national and international artists will present their ideas and creativity to the community with exhibitions featuring painting, sculpture, video and installation, as well as music, film, performance and dialogue. Festival highlights include a site-specific large-scale work by Jazoo Yang from South Korea, which looks at domesticity and place as part of the Focus on Asia: Korea program. An outdoor sculpture by Melbourne-based artist Kylie Stillman who uses found materials to create woodcarvings and book sculptures will be on display at…

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apostrophe duchamp

This ‘green box’ is filled with documents: newspaper extracts, quotes, and letters, even the occasional definition of the title itself. Much like Marcel Duchamp’s original Green Box (1934), extracted texts are placed loosely on the page so that their conceptual relationships and dimension to the overall work is highlighted. Essays by Donald Brook, Rex Butler, Edward Colless, A.D.S. Donaldson, Monique Fong, Marcus Moore, Tom Picton Warlow, Terry Smith, and Daniel Thomas explore the effect the 1967-68 touring exhibition of Duchamp’s work from the Mary Sisler Collection throughout Australia and New Zealand had on local artistic practice, exposition, theory and critical debate. It included his most famous ready-mades, such as the Bicycle Wheel (1913) and the inverted urinal, Fountain (1913).…