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Art History in Melbourne

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    Conversation | Jan Senbergs and Patrick McCaughey | NGV Australia
    Jan Senbergs with Patrick McCaughey Artist in Conversation One of Australia’s leading artists, Jan Senbergs held his first exhibition in Melbourne in 1960. Acclaimed as a painter, printmaker and draughtsman, Senbergs’s work is characterised by its humanist vision, finely-honed sense of the absurd and the artist’s wide ranging curiosity. Hear from this eminent artist as he reflects on his artistic career with renowned art historian Patrick McCaughey, author of Voyage and Landfall: The Art of Jan Senbergs. The conversation will be followed by a book signing with Jan Senbergs and Patrick McCaughey. Date: Sunday 20 Mar, 2pm Venue: NGV Australia Theatre. Book via the NGV website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/artist-in-conversation-jan-senbergs-with-patrick-mccaughey/

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    Exhibition | Making History – The Angry Penguins | Heide Museum of Modern Art
    Making History celebrates the influential role of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed in the development of Australian art and intellectual culture from the 1930s right up to the early 1980s. The Reeds’ first home at Heide, the Victorian farmhouse now referred to as Heide I, provides the setting for a changing selection of art works, archival material and personal effects which reveal the range of their activities and commitments: as art collectors and benefactors; as instigators of significant cultural organisations; and as cultivators of their extensive property, developed so that one day it would become a public gallery and park for all to enjoy. The first display features works by the revolutionary and now highly acclaimed artists who congregated…

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    Symposium | Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation | VCA
    A symposium presented by Art & Australia at VCA |Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation This symposium explores and speculates upon the work and legacy of Australian conceptual artist Ian Burn (1939–1993). After graduating from the National Gallery of Art School (now the VCA School of Art), Burn spent much of his career working in the avant-garde scenes of London and New York. He was a key member of Art & Language, a collaborative group who produced the ground-breaking publication  Art–Language and included artists Roger Cutforth, Joseph Kosuth and Mel Ramsden. Returning to Australia in 1977, Burn became involved in the Art Workers Union (AWU), a political and social platform that championed artists’ rights and helped change the landscape and…

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    Exhibition Review | Whistler’s Mother | NGV International
    The National Gallery of Victoria’s latest loan exhibition is based around a single painting by James McNeil Whistler – his Arrangement in grey and black no. 1 of 1871, popularly known as the Portrait of the artist’s mother, or just ‘Whistler’s Mother’. Compared to the just-closed Warhol/Wei Wei summer blockbuster, this is a small, intimate exhibition. The painting is on loan from the Musée d’Orsay and the exhibition is filled out with etchings, prints, paintings, furniture and decorative arts from the NGV’s permanent collection. The exhibition sets this single painting into a fresh context, one that enriches our understanding of Whistler and allows us to see works from the NGV collection in a new light. I find it impossible to really talk…

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    Exhibition | Max and Olive: the photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain | Ian Potter Museum of Art
    Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 31 May 2016 to Sunday 24 Jul 2016 A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition Olive Cotton and Max Dupain are key figures in Australian visual culture. They shared a long and close personal and professional relationship. This exhibition looks at their work made between 1934 and 1945, the period of their professional association; this was an exciting period of experimentation and growth in Australian photography, and Cotton and Dupain were at the centre of these developments. This is the first exhibition to look at the work of these two photographers as they shared their lives, studio and professional practice. The exhibition includes 71 photographs from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia and focuses on the…

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    New Book |  Hegel’s Owl: The Life of Bernard Smith – Sheridan Palmer
    A new book by Sheridan Palmer documenting the life and work of Bernard Smith has recently been published. ‘Better to make history than to write about it. What is needed is a brotherhood of some kind, compact, devoted, with a colourful title . . .’ Bernard Smith, letter to Robin Boyd, 1957 Bernard Smith’s ‘brotherhood’ was to become the famous group of Australian artists called The Antipodeans, and Smith was to write their manifesto. ‘The Antipodeans’ exhibition in 1959 was a watershed moment for Australian art. The exhibition included work by Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval, Clifton Pugh and, of course, Bernard Smith. But this is just one of Smith’s significant contributions to…

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    Karl Duldig, Koré, 1976, bronze.
    The Duldig Studio is open on the second Saturday of every month. On Saturday 9 July 2016, we will be open from 1.00 to 3.00pm. See the award winning Art Behind the Wire exhibition, hear the Founder’s Talk at 2pm or do clay and drawing activities in the Sculpture Garden, for both kids and grown-ups. Entry is by gold coin donation on Open Saturdays. Founder’s Talk at 2pm: Karl Duldig and the women in his life Eva de Jong-Duldig, the artist’s daughter will take us on a journey through Karl’s work, focusing on  the ‘kneeling female figure’. The female figure was a key  theme throughout his work, reflecting his deep respect for,  ‘woman – who inspires man in all his…

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    Sidney Nolan (Lovers and flowers) January 1942 25.5 x 50.8 cm Collection of The University of Queensland Purhcased with the assistance of the Alumni Association and the Peter Stuyvesant Cultural Foundation 1997 © The University of Queensland
    About the Exhibition We who love: The Nolan slates is a window into the world of renowned Australian painter Sidney Nolan (1917–1992), reflecting a time of artistic experimentation and personal upheaval. From December 1941 to June 1942, Nolan made around 32 paintings on roofing slates. They reveal his distinctive preference for non-art materials, his avant-garde aspirations and his literary interests. Through the paintings, Nolan recorded the end of his marriage, new relationships with patrons John and Sunday Reed, and fears arising from the war in the Pacific. Concerned that there might not be ‘many more tomorrows’, Nolan painted the slates…

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    Meet the Artist – Louise Hearman | TarraWarra Museum of Art

    TarraWarra Museum of Art presents the first survey exhibition of Louise Hearman’s work, curated by Anna Davis and organised and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, MCA from 18 February – 14 May 2017, with paintings and drawings from across her 25-year practice. Meet the artist and join Fiona Gruber posing questions to curator and artist and gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the work in this exhibition. Compere: Fiona Gruber, journalist and producer with twenty years experience writing and broadcasting across the arts as a commentator, profile writer, and reviewer Guests: Louise Hearman, artist and Anna Davis, Curator, MCA and Curator Louise Hearman exhibition Date: Saturday 18 March, 2pm Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art, Tickets: $20 / $15 concession – book via twma.com.au Telephone (03) 5957 3100 Email museum@twma.com.au  

    The post Meet the Artist – Louise Hearman | TarraWarra Museum of Art appeared first on Melbourne Art Network.


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    News and Exhibition | Sidney Nolan’s man behind Ned Kelly mask revealed | Heide MoMA

    Recent research by Paula Dredge and Kendrah Morgan with assistance from the Australian Synchrotron has revelead a face behind the mask of one of Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings. From April 22 to May 14 Heide will host a virtual reality display that will allow visitors to explore this ‘face behind the mask.’ From Heide Working in collaboration with the scientific research centre Australian Synchrotron, and utilising its state of the art technology, art conservators have imaged pigments buried underneath layers of paint to reveal a face behind the mask of Sidney Nolan’s painting Ned Kelly, “Nobody knows anything about my case but myself” 1945. When examining the painting in 2012, Paula Dredge, Paintings Conservator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Kendrah Morgan, Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne noticed brush strokes underneath the…

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