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Gallery: Judith Van Heeren’s Sea Garden at Murray White Room, Melbourne

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Judith Van Heeren’s new exhibition of natural history paintings, Sea Garden, is at Murray White Room in Melbourne’s CBD until May 5 . Sea Garden was partly inspired by the 1769 painting Sea Plumes, Lithophytes and Shells by Anne Vallayer-Coster in the Louvre. “The painting is just so exquisitely painted and full of mystery and intrigue. At that time I imagined the oceans

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Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Affection at GOMA, Brisbane

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In what is the largest solo show of Patricia Piccinini works ever staged in Australia, Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection, which opened at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) on Friday, is both a beautiful and creepy experience. Taking up the entire ground floor of the vast GOMA building, with a one of the works reaching its pinnacle in

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Six Perth Festival visual arts reviews

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Lisa Reihana, Emissaries; Zadok Ben-David, Human Nature; Pilar Mata Dupont, Undesirable Bodies; Christopher Charles, Banjawarn; Kimsooja, Sewing/Walking and Zone of Nowhere: Most of the Festival works I’ve engaged with this week have awakened my sense of place. This is an especially fragile and contested question for white Australians generally, white Western Australians in particular, and

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Brooklyn Museum’s single work Basquiat show is a crass pile of money

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

I love the Brooklyn Museum. They have mounted some fantastically good shows, from Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection at the end of the last century to Kehinde Wiley, Marilyn Minter and We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 more recently. That is why their current show, One Basquiat, is such a profound disappointment.

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Finding a sense of place – from Arnhem Land to the Mornington Peninsula

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Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has long been a subject of evocative landscape art. At the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery this summer the exhibition Coast: the artists’ retreat, comprises both historic and contemporary takes on this. In the Peninsula’s hinterland at the McCulloch family’s Whistlewood Gallery at Shoreham, the subject is explored in different manner through the

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Sydney Biennale announces its 2018 program called ‘Superposition’ (It’s a quantum mechanical term)

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

The Biennale of Sydney has announced the 70 artists who will present work at seven venues across Sydney for the 45th anniversary of the event to be held from March 16 until June 11, 2018. The curatorial theme for next year’s biennale is “SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement” which, like most catch-all curatorial themes, can be interpreted in many ways. The  21st Biennale

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