The National: Sydney’s major new biennial reveals 2017 line-up

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The Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks have this morning announced 49 artists who will be presenting work for the inaugural The National: New Australian Art.  The single curated program will be held across the three venues from March 30, 2017. It will be the city’s largest exhibition focused on contemporary

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Driving in the dark — watch artist William Mackinnon on ‘psychological landscapes’

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Melbourne artist William Mackinnon, who has a new exhibition of works at Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane from November 19 until December 15, has been showing his work since 2002. Since then, he has quickly built a reputation at home and abroad for his darkly mysterious and slightly unsettling images of moments caught beyond the urban fringes. Roads, bridges, lonely beach shacks and caravans brood

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The art of war is both haunting and hopeful

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

“An extraordinary quilt of terror and strangeness” is how writer Richard Flanagan describes Ben Quilty’s artwork made from life jackets worn by desperate Syrian asylum seekers seeking refuge in Europe. The colourful yet ominous wall “paintings” appear in stark contrast to a collection of elaborate white wedding gowns made by a young refugee which are also

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David Hockney opens his old and new-tech show at Melbourne’s NGV

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Yorkshire-born artist David Hockney opened his solo exhibition David Hockney: Current at the National Gallery of Victoria this morning. The 79 year old artist, best known for his images of sybaritic Los Angeles where he lives, is showing more than 1200 paintings, videos, photographs and prints, many of them new. Hockney has created new work on his

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We don’t just need diversity on stage and screen, we need diverse audiences

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As the former head of Multicultural Arts Victoria my dictum in the ’90s was, “I will have succeeded when there is no need for Multicultural Arts Victoria”. Sure it was bully, pulpit rhetoric, but my focus was to pry multiculturalism away from the cloister of cultural development. Non-Anglo artists and their projects tend to attract a patina

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Click here if you want to run a gallery (and some libraries and sports clubs while you’re at it)

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News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Townsville City Council (TCC) recently made the role of specialist curator of its highly regarded Perc Tucker and Pinnacles galleries redundant. This was met with the dismay of every state gallery in the country and philanthropists who used to donate to the galleries. The removal of the gallery curator, Shane Fitzgerald, was part of the TCC “whole-of-organisation transformational change”.

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Want to finger a ficus? Sex, life, and sex lives under the spotlight in Sydney

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Dance, Reviews, Stage, Theatre, Visual Arts |

Performance Space’s second annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art is now in its second week at Carriageworks, and Ben Neutze went along to review three diverse and fascinating works: Ecosexual Bathhouse, The Talk, and Mermermer. *** Plants: can they consent? That’s one of the lingering questions from Ecosexual Bathhouse, the centrepiece of the second week of Sydney’s Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art at Carriageworks. The

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