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Jon Eiseman and Anne Conron, artists in the desert and after the rain

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Partners in life and art who divide their time between Victorian and Tasmania, recently sculptor Jon Eiseman and photographer Anne Conron decided to embark on extensive travels throughout Central Australia. The journey was an experience that Eiseman says left them both “overawed with the beauty of the land”, and it has inspired a powerful new

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(The other) Nick Cave’s soundsuits turn dance into political action

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American visual artist Nick Cave returns to Sydney’s Carriageworks in November with UNTIL – the largest scale project that Carriageworks has ever presented. The work is comprised of thousands of found objects and millions of beads, giving visitors the feeling that they have stepped inside one of Nick Cave’s iconic “soundsuits”.  If you missed Cave’s HEARD-SYD at Carriageworks in 2016, read

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Yvette Coppersmith self portrait wins the 2018 Archibald Prize

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According to the Art Gallery of NSW, which today announced Yvette Coppersmith the 2018 Archibald Prize winner for her 132 x 112 cm self-portrait: “Over the past 21 years, Yvette Coppersmith has experimented widely with style and subject matter but she keeps returning to the self-portrait. ‘It allows me to work from life, with intense absorption in the

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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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