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Art Almanac December 2016 - January 2017

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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firstdraft’s 30-year milestone

Let the birthday celebrations begin for Firstdraft! The Sydney space was founded in 1986 by Roger Crawford, Tess Horwitz, Narelle Jubelin and Paul Saint during a time when venues for artists making noncommercial or experimental works were few and far between. The group set up in a warehouse on Abercrombie Street, Chippendale with a two-year mission to provide a professional environment for artists to exhibit contemporary art – “a core aim that remains true today”, says Anna McMahon, one of the current directors. Firstdraft is an important model says McMahon, it “allows us to provide an environment within which artists can present new work and ideas. For emerging artists who might have their first show with us, it’s an opportunity to be highlighted within one of Australia’s longest-running ARIs. For slightly…

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versailles: treasures from the palace

From one centre of power to another, (Versailles, now Canberra) ‘Treasures from the Palace’, on show at the National Gallery of Australia from December 9, 2016 includes a formidable collection upwards of 130 works of art and design from portraits, statues, tapestries, ornamental fans, clocks, and a desk from the reign of Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. France’s period of excess spurred innovation and here the legacy of artists and craftspeople lives on in the warp and weft of consumption and creation. Photo © Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin Courtesy The National Gallery of Australia, Australian Capital Territory…

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Two-time Archibald Prize winner del kathryn barton presents her directorial debut ‘RED’, with actors Cate Blanchett, Alex Russell and Sydney Dance Company’s Charmene Yap who celebrate the autonomous and merciless power of the female redback spider’s mating ritual. Barton meditates on the role of sex and art in our lives as meaningful and arousing. She has previously directed ‘the human dress’ (2012) and ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ (2015), both with filmmaker Brendan Fletcher. Produced by Aquarius Films and on at the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the Adelaide Festival, 26 January to 30 April, 2017. Free admission.…

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‘another day in paradise’

From January 13, 2017 Campbelltown Arts Centre and Sydney Festival present the first major exhibition by the late Myuran Sukumaran. Co-curated by Ben Quilty and Michael Dagostino, ‘Another day in Paradise’ features over 100 thought-provoking, politically-charged portraits painted by the artist during his incarceration, alongside newly commissioned artworks by seven leading Australian artists. Myuran’s art practice was sacred to him; “It speaks a lot to the human condition and even more to the practice of art, he found solace in it. For Myuran, painting was his religion”, says Quilty.…

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goma turns 10

The Gallery of Modern Art is celebrating a decade of service with several free exhibitions from 3 December, 2016 to 17 April, 2017 including a public artwork by Indigenous artist Judy Watson. ‘Lucent’ will showcase art from Australia and the Pacific, ‘A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift’ presents a mix of contemporary international artworks acquired with the benefaction of Fairfax, and the 250 works in ‘Sugar Spin’ will satiate our senses with colour, light, spatial and kinetic interventions. Purchased 2006, Collection Queensland Art Gallery, © The artist Courtesy the artist and Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane…

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nsw visual arts fellowship

Sydney-based West Australian artist, Consuelo Cavaniglia is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious $30,000 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging). Cavaniglia is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice employs visual effects to unbalance the relationship between viewer and space. Her winning site-specific installation comprised of two works, Untitled and Untitled (simultaneous spaces), which distort our perception of depth, conditional of stance. With a 100-year history, the Fellowship continues to define new generations of contemporary art practice for both artists and audiences. It is devised specifically to assist a mid-career, established artist to build on their experience and consider significant activities, with opportunities to support both personal development and career advancement. The award enables Cavaniglia to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. She will study specific collections overseas including Dia: Beacon and the Dan…