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Art Almanac

Art Almanac November 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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art almanac

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. Encounters with art can be transformative, and the act of creating a necessary release – from its production to consumption, art is an agent for change. In a time where many people are disempowered we look to art for, as John Kaldor notes on art in public spaces ‘a new reality – evading elitism’. In this issue art and agency are allies. ‘New Woman’ brings the herstory of Brisbane female artists into the spotlight. The artists in ‘Flat Earth Society’ find new ways to question art via technology and those in ‘Hope Dies Last’ enable a…

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fremantle biennale

‘Undercurrent 19’ is the second edition of the Fremantle Biennale, which showcases experimental site responsive work across the city between 1 and 24 November from Australian and international artists at varying stages of their careers. The festival has commissioned 15 new works to be explored on the streets and in Fremantle’s institutions, such as a collaboration between The Commonwealth of New Bayswater and Jessee Lee Johns who present the ‘South Mole Resort’ a hub of touristic consumption where you can be pampered, stay the night or simply shop for a souvenir and Bennett Miller’s historical and topographical response to the port city with a series of performances in ‘Behavioural Ecologies (Red)’. Indoors at the WA Maritime Museum we find Kelsey Ashe Giambazi’s exploration of the pearling industry, which personalises the sometimes-dark…

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design canberra

As an ode to the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus design movement the sixth iteration of ‘DESIGN Canberra’ will reflect the theme of ‘utopia’. On view citywide from 4 to 24 November, audiences will have access to more than 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artists’ studios and open homes. Some of which include a guided bus tour, photography competition, talks and an exhibition curated by Tim Ross exploring the ‘aggressively utopian’ designs of architect John Andrews. Part of the international roster includes MEDUSA an installation by Berlin design team Plastique Fantastique and an exhibit of glass pieces by contemporary Italian and Australian designers will be on display in dialogue, inspired by the Murano glass chandelier Enrico Taglietti installed for the Italian Ambassador’s Residence in Canberra. designcanberrafestival.com.au…

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going solo

Bendigo Art Gallery’s annual ‘Going Solo’ program for artists living and working in regional Victoria celebrates the contemporary and diverse practices from the region and highlights the contribution they make to the cultural landscape. This year the gallery presents the inaugural ‘Going Solo: First Nations’ exhibition titled ‘What’s on Your Mind?’ featuring the work of Yorta Yorta/ Gunditjmara artist Josh Muir. Muir will be working alongside the gallery’s First Nations Curator Shonae Hobson to present a large-scale multimedia project, which will also see the artist engage in new explorations with the creation of a series of sculptures in the form of animated characters. View the display from 30 November to 1 March 2020. bendigoregion.com.au…

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There is much to see and do during Tasmania’s ‘Hobiennale’. This vibrant festival of art, music and performance is gearing up to enliven the city of Hobart and its surrounds in a flurry of creativity from 15 to 23 November. One-hundred artists and musicians from 21 independent artist-led organisations and cooperatives from Australia and New Zealand will converge on 15 out-of-the-ordinary host venues including the retro-styled Cinema One, the colonial holding cells under Hobart Town Hall, a deconsecrated 1800s church and a mad men-style disused office space nestled away in the CBD, among others. ‘Hobiennale’ opens at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery on 15 November from 6-9pm with ‘Here lies lies’ by Mandy Quadrio, along with a performance work ‘The Attempts’ by artists Frankie Snowdon, Madeleine Krenek and Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts. Some not…

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david hockney: prints

Through constant experimentation, David Hockney has sought to reinvent his artistry and discover new ways of seeing. The National Gallery of Australia touring exhibition, ‘David Hockney: Prints’, currently on show at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until 1 December highlights the depth and scope of the artist’s printmaking output in terms of style, subject matter, technique and scale. It features 80 works from the 1960s pop art era to the present day, developed using lithography and etching, photocopiers and fax machines, and more recently, iPhones and iPads. David’s brother, John Hockney will be in the gallery to discuss his soon to be released book, ‘The Hockneys: Never Worry What the Neighbours Think’ on Friday 22 November, 5-6.30pm. mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au…