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Art Almanac August 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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in this issue

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sala festival

For the month of August, metro and regional destinations will host special events for the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, which in its 22nd year celebrates creativity at all stages of practice and the galleries that complement this rich arts-ecology. 2019’s ‘featured artist’ is Louise Haselton who will present a show at Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, adding to the statewide diversity of exhibitions which will take place in tattoo studios, wineries, local commercial and institutional galleries, schools and cafes, as well as street art. While represented artists are on view, we also have the opportunity to see the next wave of talent, with work from emerging artists brought together by early career curators, Chiranjika Grasby, Christina Massolino, and Jack McBride at the Adelaide Town Hall. Go further…

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darwin aboriginal art fair

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) is an open invitation to experience a range of contemporary art and design practices from the oldest continuous living culture in the world. Held on Larrakia Country, at the Darwin Convention Centre from 9 to 11 August, DAAF will showcase the work of more than 2,000 artists from 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community art centres across Australia, offering a rich exchange of art, culture and ideas. Public program highlights include: film screenings, children’s activities, music, fashion and traditional dance performances, as well as artist talks on Saturday 10 August from 12-4pm, daily workshops and demonstrations on weaving, carving, screenprinting, painting and jewellery making, and the DAAF Foundation Indigenous Curators Program and Symposium, 7 to 9 August from 8.30am to 5pm.…

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Until 21 September, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) is hosting ‘bookworks’ a survey exhibition, which frames the art of contemporary artist book publishing. Six leaders in the field – Adam Cruickshank (AUS), Will Holder (UK), Olaf Nicolai (GER), Roma Publications (NDL), Batia Suter (NDL) and Ella Sutherland (NZ) selected by curator, Australian designer and educator Warren Taylor, present alongside a display of 800 artists books and publications arranged in the Art Library from 100 national and international publishers, as well as scheduled workshops and forums. The thematic connections between books, art and publishing, from the conceptual, technical and material to the history, production, classification and distribution are explored. The accompanying publication designed by Taylor is a dynamic reflection of the project.…

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finding our words

‘To know that we can still create, amidst all the chaos and mayhem of losing one’s sanity and find that our words are a powerful testament to our existence, needs to be honoured’ says Sandy Jeffs, an artist included in The Dax Centre’s new exhibition that explores mental health issues through poetry and visual art. On view in Melbourne until 20 September, the show is comprised of works from The Cunningham Dax Collection that counts 16,000 pieces in total collated from patients in Victoria’s psychiatric hospitals from the 1960s to 80s. The select paintings, watercolour, drawings, ceramic, poetry, video and audio works have been chosen for their ability to convey the lived-experience of trauma, grief, stigma and belonging. Work from poets Paul Fearne, Sandy Jeffs, Tessa Gatt-Rutter, Gudrun Hinze and Geoff…

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disposable: reimagining your waste

How can we combat excess in a disposable world? A month-long series of pop-up installations, exhibits, events and experiments presented by Science Gallery Melbourne (SGM) aim to show us how. ‘DISPOSABLE’ is a showcase of experimental and innovative solutions created by Australian and international artists in a bid to ignite a war on waste. Think… washing your hands with soap made from sewage, an exploration by artist Catherine Sarah Young, or instead of ‘letting it mellow’ turning human waste into power for electronic devices as staged in ‘Urinotron’ a large-scale installation by Sandra and Gaspard Bébié-Valérian in collaboration with Professor Peter Scales. What about wearing a textile-based P@tch, which uses self-reporting and environmental sensors to help track personal and surrounding pollution, a project by Janna Ahrndt. Oliver Kellhammer and Dr Luke Holman…

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portraits destroyed: power, ego and history’s vandals

Art historian Dr Julie Cotter begins with the example of Winston Churchill, a man who ‘was his own muse, absorbed by his achievements… excelled in the pageant of life’ so when presented with an unflattering portrait, it would not do. Cotter’s subsequent vignettes in ‘Portraits Destroyed’ explore the weight of the genre, how it can deify and also send the ‘wrong’ message about a person. The importance of the portrait is shown to extend beyond likeness into a complex realm of historiography and power, vanity, race, ethics and the creative process itself; all of which are intriguing reasons to conserve a portrait and, at times, a compelling argument for it to meet its demise.…