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Art Almanac July 2016

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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from the editor

Gender and all its complexities come to the fore this issue with three varying previews. Lucy Stranger looks at the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Tough and Tender’ exhibition, a collection of raw and intimate photographs that address masculinity. Then on to the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s ‘Cindy Sherman’ show, whose many characters mine society’s expectations and ideals. While Melissa Pesa previews the fluid beauty of the National Gallery of Victoria’s ‘Degas A New Vision’, which opens a window to a former time with scenes from the ballet to the boudoir. This is also my last issue as Art Almanac Editor as I pass the reigns to Chloe Mandryk. Having worked across art galleries, publications and festivals, Chloe brings a terrific mix of talent, passion and experience to Art…

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on the cover cindy sherman

The first major show of Sherman’s work in Australia since 2000, the exhibition includes her ‘head shots’ series. From 2000-02, Sherman returned as model after working predominately with mannequins, dolls and props for many years. Often leaving her works untitled and largely open to interpretation, Untitled #402, is an example of Sherman’s continuing play and parody of characters, genres and stereotypes. An exploration of representations of women – taken from the pages of magazines and the world of television and social media – that has informed her practice since her first 1976 series ‘Bus Riders’ Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Until 3 October, 2016 Brisbane © The artist Courtesy the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane…

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darwin aboriginal art fair celebrating 10 years

The annual Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) is set to celebrate its 10th Anniversary from August 5 to 7 at the Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory. DAAF was launched in 2007 by Apolline Kohen, the then Director of Maningrida Art and Culture as a platform to promote the artwork of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centres and to raise revenue for remote communities. The fair has grown from including 16 to 60 art centres that present thousands of Indigenous artists and their work. This year there will be an array of works on show and for sale including: paintings on canvas, bark paintings, works on paper, photography, carved wood sculpture, fibre weaving, textiles and more. Artist run demonstrations, workshops and spectacular traditional dance performances will also be a highlight and memorable Indigenous…

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telstra national aboriginal & torres strait islander art award

Australia’s most prestigious and longest-running award dedicated to Indigenous art and artists returns for its 33rd year. The 2016 winners will be announced on Friday 5 August at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), where the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award finalists’ exhibition will be on show 6 August to 30 October. From 244 entries, judges Vernon Ah Kee, Kimberley Moulton, and Don Whyte have nominated 75 artists. Luke Scholes, Curator of Aboriginal Art and Material Culture, says, “From what was an extremely competitive field, Vernon, Kimberley and Don have brought together a wonderfully eclectic assembly of finalists whose work will gather to create a spectacular exhibition.” Founded in 1984 by MAGNT the award recognises and promotes the quality, diversity and contribution of Indigenous…

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recent funding cuts to the arts cause deep wounds

There has been a massive destabilisation of the Australian arts sector, no thanks to the current government. For 12 months, Australian arts organisations have faced numerous setbacks beginning with the announcement of the 2015/16 Federal Budget last May. The reallocation of federal funds saw major cuts to the operations and administration of cultural institutions such as The National Gallery, National Library, National Museum and others – forced to cut staff and programs. The Australia Council for the Arts, the official Australian government body for arts funding, has also suffered – stripped of over $100 million. In 2015, newly appointed Federal Arts Minister, Senator Mitch Fifield reinstated almost one-third of what was defunded. But it wasn’t enough. At least not to sustain the future of the arts industry that contributes so…

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cindy sherman

The lady is back. A costumed chameleon with one of the art world’s most recognisable faces, the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) presents the new age of Cindy Sherman. The first solo show in Australia for 15 years, ‘Cindy Sherman’ curated by Ellie Buttrose, focuses on the artist’s practice from the early 2000s onwards. Now a mature artist, Sherman returns as the central subject representing an older generation of women. No small subject matter, Sherman’s practice embraces this head-on, with more than 50 large-scale works on display. Examining the representation of older women in the media, as well as the everyday practice of becoming a woman, Sherman’s practice, as Buttrose states, “is about that idea of the masquerade we put on with a costume every morning before we…