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What’s On in Art this Spring & Summer

Art Lovers | 31 August 2018

Spring has sprung and as the weather warms up and we head outdoors, there’s still so much to see in the world of art both outdoors and indoors.

Chiharu Shiota

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Chiharu Shiota

24 August – 28 October

Art Gallery of South Australia – Adelaide, SA

Recognised the world over for her string installations, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota is the subject of three major projects at the Art Gallery from late August. This trilogy of offerings includes the first solo exhibition of Chiharu’s work in an Australian public gallery, presenting works from the artist’s collection and from public and private collections in Germany, Japan and Australia and including early performance work, captured in photography and the moving image, and a selection of her drawings. Also on view at the Gallery will be a major site-specific commission that embodies the space within the Melrose Wing and a new sculptural work made for the facade of the Gallery.



BOAA Art 2018

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21 September – 6 November

Ballarat, Victoria

The inaugural Biennale of Australian Art will be the largest ever showcase of living Australin artists and marks the beginning of a series of significant arts related events being presented in Ballarat. As an independent, not for profit organisation, BOAA ART 2018 relies on funding from private, business, Local, State and Federal governments.
BOAA ART 2018 will present artwork by 150 of Australia’s most innovative artists.



Brett Whiteley: pathways to figuration

‘Somewhere in Summer’

Until 31 October

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills – Sydney, NSW

This exhibition shows how Whiteley’s early mastery of line, tone and edge informed his life-long pursuit to represent the human figure through art.

Whiteley’s work from this period glows with the colours of Australian earth and at the same time reflects his early admiration for the painters William Scott and Arshile Gorky, whose abstract compositions reinforced his passionate interest in shapes, his daring proportions on the picture plane and a unique presentation of erotic overtones.



The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)

‘Hollow’ by Nona Garcia

24 November – 28 April

GOMA – Brisbane, Qld

The hugely ambitious APT series returns to QAGOMA this summer, bringing significant art from across the Asia Pacific to Brisbane. Overflowing with colour and life, this free contemporary art exhibition presents a unique mix of creativity and cross-cultural insight.

Featuring more than 80 artists and groups from over 30 countries, APT9 challenges conventional definitions of contemporary art by asking us to consider its relationship to shifting social structures across the region. Explore a number of never-before-seen installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs and video from emerging and senior artists, together with leading works from Indigenous communities and artists.



Swell Sculpture Festival


‘The Crab’ by Joy Heylen

14 – 23 September

Currumbin Beach – Gold Coast, Qld

Come face to face with awe-inspiring sculptures by local, national and international artists at the 16th SWELL Sculpture Festival. Discover a range of unique experiences; guided twilight walks, artist talks and artist led workshops.




‘Marilyn Monroe’ by Andy warhol

Until 7 October

NGV – Melbourne, Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, presents MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art as the 2018 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition. MoMA at NGV provides a unique survey of the Museum’s iconic collection. Consisting of over 200 key works, arranged chronologically into eight thematic sections, the exhibition traces the development of art and design from late-nineteenth-century urban and industrial transformation, through to the digital and global present.



LEGACY. Your collection. Our story.

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Del Kathryn Barton, of childhood dreams (a place to stand)

Until 19 September

Monash Gallery of Art – Wheelers Hill, Victoria

LEGACY. Your collection. Our story.celebrates the impact benefactors have had on the development of one of the nation’s most unique and important collections, a collection dedicated to Australian photography and its artists.



Sculpture by the Sea

The Glue Society, Hot with a Chance of a Late Storm, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2006. Photo L Beaumont

18 October – 4 November

Bondi Beach – Sydney, NSW

Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk as the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition. See the spectacular coastal walk transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.



Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures

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Photograph by Karin Catt

Until 10 February

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia – Canberra, ACT

Curated in collaboration with his family, Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera.

Explore a selection of film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits and acting awards, and more.

Rare objects on display include:

  • Research journals with hand-written notes, kept by Heath to prepare for roles such as the Joker in The Dark Knight
  • Original costumes from his films including The Dark Knight and Brokeback Mountain
  • His Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight
  • Two of Heath’s motorcycles and several of his photo cameras
  • A wide range of images, including Heath’s own photographic work
  • Portraits by several renowned photographers, including Karin Catt, Frances Andrijich, Platon and Anthony Amos
  • A diverse selection of objects reflecting Heath’s personal interests, ranging from chess to photography, music videos and directing.



** Banner image Photo by Marianna Massey / ‘The Optimist’ by Stephen Marr

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