David Hockney – NGV – Melbourne

The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists, David Hockney. The exhibition, curated by the NGV in collaboration with David Hockney and his studio, features more than 700 works from the past decade of the artist’s career – some new and many never-before-seen in Australia – including paintings,…

Australian Quilt at NGV

Making the Australian Quilt: 1800–1950 is the first major exhibition of its kind to bring together the rich works that constitute Australia’s quilt heritage. The exhibition also features key 19th century English quilts that were brought or sent to Australia, informing and influencing the early quilting practices of local makers. With works drawn from public and private…

Painting: More Painting – Melbourne

The exhibition explores the pictorial logic and medium condition of contemporary painting to examine the ways in which artists continue to reinvent painting within strict limitations, and in response to new perceptual conditions brought about by the advent of digital and virtual realms. Read more . . . Image credits: Sam Songailo, Digital Wasteland 2014,…

Technologies May Finally Put an End to Art Forgery

The art world has been closely monitoring scientific breakthroughs in fields as diverse as A.I., bitcoin, and protein analysis, and the technologies born from this research have either been appropriated by authenticators or will be soon. With these extra layers of security added to the vetting process, the current generation of copycat artists will find…

Emerging Australian artists

With their ability to creatively respond to, interpret and positively disrupt contemporary culture, artists have always been a vital part of the community. Through their practise they have the capacity to open up dialogues and inspire conversation while creating work that excites, intrigues, delights, disgusts or possibly even frightens us. They also make beautiful things to…

Archibald Portrait Prize 2016

It is perhaps not surprising that one of the most important, gossiped about and well attended cultural events to take place in Australia each year is the awarding of the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Read more . . . Portrait of John Singleton by Irene Vides, finalist 2016 Archibald Prize. Copyright the artist. Image courtesy…

Warrnambald Art Prize – Victoria

Artists currently residing in Warrnambool, Moyne or Corangamite are invited to enter a portrait of a subject who has made a significant contribution to local culture, charity, business, sport or politics in our region or has represented our region in these areas nationally or internationally. Read more . . .

Clay Intersections – Sydney

Clay Intersections presents the work of eight contemporary makers who take a range of innovative approaches to making and working with clay, exploring the different intersections of its sculptural and functional qualities. Highlighting the work of Bridget Bodenham, Cone 11’s Colin Hopkins and Ilona Topolcsanyi, Helen Earl, Tania Rollond, Natalie Rosin, Ulrica Trulsson and Kenji…

Street Art – Melbourne

Over the last decade in Melbourne there has been a change of attitude about many kinds of graffiti and street art, what once was reviled is now celebrated. One man who knows about these changes is Gordon Harrison, the city engineer who created and runs the City of Melbourne’s graffiti management policy. Harrison knows about […]…

Exhibitions – Brunswick, Vic

In Sparta Place there is a new gallery, Beinart Gallery offering “fine art” and “curiosities”. Gallery director, Jon Beinart has been involved with pop surrealism for over a decade, publishing books for several years and collecting a coterie of artists. Beinart says that all the gallery now has a physical presence most of his business […]…

Rhythm of Life

Taking the road less travelled led Melbourne ceramicists Ilona Topolcsanyi and Colin Hopkins to create their pottery studio, Cone 11. Nestled within the creative hub of Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne is a place where heart and craft collide: the Cone 11 pottery studio. Established by ceramic artists Ilona Topolcsanyi and Colin Hopkins six years ago,…

Close to Home – NSW

This is the second in a series of curated exhibitions on contemporary Australian drawing at the Art Gallery of NSW. It will feature the works of six artists for whom drawing is a central part of their practice and whose work engages with narrative, memory and experience. The artists are Jumaadi, Maria Kontis, Richard Lewer,…