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Art Almanac May 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. The contemporary Australian artists in this issue address dystopia. Our cover artist Madeleine Pfull’s paintings promote choice whereas Darren Sylvester’s survey at the National Gallery of Victoria considers the problem of aspirations that are impossible to gratify. Dan McDonnell’s work interrogates the way we interact with screens. ‘The National 2019: New Australian Art’ and ‘National Anthem’ assess the impact of who is in the driver’s seat when it comes to national identity and personal and cultural myths – and offer voices we all benefit to hear from.…

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celebrating culture

In an effort to break down barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and form relationships of understanding, appreciation and acceptance, Indigenous history, culture and community are highlighted over the next few months with National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week. We can all enjoy events across the country such as Victoria’s Glen Eira region’s ‘Storytelling Festival’ from 22 June to 7 July, and the exhibition ‘Celebrating Culture: Contemporary Indigenous Art’ at it’s Council Gallery from 2 May to 28 July. The latter, curated by Diane Soumilas, showcases the work of contemporary Indigenous artists Brook Andrew, Tony Albert, Hannah Brontë, Michael Cook, Janet Fieldhouse, Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi, Hayley Millar-Baker, Kent Morris, Vincent Namatjira, Wayne Quilliam, James Tylor and Vicki West. Through paintings, photography, drawings, mixed-media, video and installations themes of identity, colonisation, personal history,…

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yirramboi festival

Celebrating First Peoples arts, culture and language, the city of Melbourne hosts YIRRAMBOI Festival from 2 to 12 May, a vibrant showcase of exhibitions, theatre, dance, music, forums and workshops, across various venues. To name but a few, highlights include ‘YAWA: Journey’ a display of works by First Nations men and women who have experienced Victoria’s criminal justice system from 3 to 12 May at The Torch. Ngarigo artist Peter Waples-Crowe’s ‘insideOUT’ interrogates Blak and queer cultures at Koorie Heritage Trust from 4 to 12 May. Blak Market is a stage for fashion designers, jewellery makers, craftspeople and bush foods at the Meat Market on 5 May, and Glenda Nicholls shares knowledge and techniques for making decorative nets with workshops on 5 and 11 May.…

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auckland art fair

The 2019 edition of the Auckland Art Fair will take place at The Cloud on Queens Wharf from 1 to 5 May, hosting 41 galleries from across the Asia Pacific. Directors Stephanie Post and Hayley White have included nine Australian spaces including Dominik Mersch Gallery, Fine Arts Sydney, Galerie pompom paired with Egg & Dart, Gallery 9, Kalli Rolfe, Martin Browne Contemporary, Michael Bugelli Gallery and Piermarq. In addition young galleries and artist-run spaces will showcase emerging talent in a special zone titled ‘Piki Mai: Up Here ^^’, located on the mezzanine level of the venue. General admission tickets, as well as passes to the opening and late night access are available via the website.…

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australian artists at the venice biennale

The Australia Council for the Arts have announced Angelica Mesiti as the representative artist for the Australian Pavilion during the ‘Biennale Arte 2019’, the 58th Venice Biennale di Venezia, on from 11 May to 29 November. Mesiti’s exhibition ‘ASSEMBLY’ premieres a three-channel video piece, which opens with the Michela machine (2019), a new work inspired by the stenographic shorthand machine originally invented by Antonio Michela Zucco in 1863. In the form of a piano keyboard, Mesiti uses the creation as a mode from which to translate the poem ‘To Be Written in Another Tongue’ by David Malouf. Curator Juliana Engberg says Mesiti ‘translates text to code, music to movement and actions to occupations to represent the way a society gathers and builds upon itself.’ More will be revealed in Venice. As part…

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‘unbranded’ is a group exhibition which rejects the binary categorisations of the practices of Indigenous artists and prompts us to think more deeply about each creator outside of the overused tags of ‘traditional/nontraditional’, or ‘urban/remote’. Glenn Iseger-Pilkington and Travis Hodgson have curated works from 13 artists; Damien Shen, Dean Cross, Gunybi Ganambarr, Illiam Nargoodah, James Tylor, John Prince Siddon, Ngarralja Tommy May, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Nyurpaya Kaika Burton, Patrina Munuŋgurr, Sharyn Egan, Sonia Kurarra and Wukun Wanambi. Hosted by La Trobe Art Institute from 6 May to 22 June, the gallery intends that this presentation will question ‘reductive and divisive modes of representation and interpretation, while affirming the diversity of contemporary Indigenous experience, both live and inherited.’…