A look at what’s on at some of the galleries around Australia this spring and summer.
There’s lots to see and do and these are just a few of our picks.
THE ART OF BANKSY
Now until the 22nd of January 2017
Near Federation Square, Melbourne. “In the dodgy carpark, behind the good carpark, behind Fed Square.”
Bringing the historic streets of London to the steps of Melbourne, the exhibition will take visitors on a sort of journey, exploring the questionable genius of the world’s most infamous street artist with a retrospective of over 80 of the artists’ off-street masterpieces.
Curated by the artists’ former manager, Steve Lazarides, the exhibition presents the largest collection of Banksy artworks to reach Australian shores, including the iconic ‘Girl with Balloon’, ‘Flag Wall’ and ‘Laugh Now’ pieces. The exhibition also includes three pieces that have never been publicly exhibited.
THE BRETT WHITELEY STUDIO
2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, NSW
10am – 4pm, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
The Brett Whiteley Studio was the workplace and home of Australian artist, Brett Whiteley (1939–92). The visitor is offered the unique opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the space – the studio with his unfinished paintings, art equipment and collections of reference books, and the graffiti wall covered with quotes and images
ART GALLERY NSW
NUDE – ART FROM THE TATE COLLECTION, 5 Nov – 5 Feb 2017
A spectacular tour through many major art movements, including romanticism, cubism, expressionism, realism, surrealism and feminism. It is also a story of beauty, truth, desire, vulnerability and human drama.
Each artist in the exhibition offers a different way of looking at the naked human body. Some look tenderly; some idealise it; some look anxiously or politically. Together they show how the nude in art has persisted yet changed, shifting shape and acquiring new meanings in the hands of successive generations, from the idealising painters of the Victorian era to the artist-provocateurs of our time.
ART GALLERY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
PORTRAIT MONTH AND PORTRAIT PROJECT, Until January 30th 2017
In an exciting new initiative for 2016, AGWA introduces Portrait Month where they explore the many forms of portraiture across photography, painting, video and sculpture. Taking centre focus is the State’s premier portraiture prize, the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture which features alongside AGWA’s own Portrait Project
MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
COUNTRY & WESTERN, 26 Nov – 19 March 2017
This exhibition brings into focus the contrasting insights and cultural imperatives, both Indigenous (Country) and non-Indigenous (Western), that have given shape and substance to our evolving attitudes and perceptions of the national landscape over the past 25 years. (A Perc Tucker Gallery touring exhibition)
THE NATIONAL GALLERY (A.C.T.)
FRANK STELLA – THE KENNETH TYLER PRINT COLLECTION, 19 Nov – July 2017
Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking. Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year.
This exhibition showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and ground breaking prints.
NGV AUSTRALIA (Victoria)
BRUCE ARMSTRONG – AN ANTHOLOGY OF STRANGE CREATURES, 26 Aug – 29 Jan 2017
One of Australia’s most acclaimed sculptors, Melbourne-based Bruce Armstrong is best-known for his monumental totemic figures which can be seen in public spaces around the country. Often hewn from massive pieces of red-gum, his birds, beasts and figures have a raw energy which assert a commanding presence and engage directly with the viewer.
Drawing from both public and private collections, the exhibition brings together over thirty of the artist’s most memorable sculptures.
ON THE ORIGIN OF ART, 5 Nov – 17 April 2017
A major exhibition that has invited four world-renowned scientists and evolutionary theorists, Steven Pinker, Brian Boyd, Geoffrey Miller and Mark Changizi, to explore the universal human drivers behind why we make art.
“It will out-epic Ben-Hur and have more pathos than the crucifixion,’’ museum owner David Walsh said of the massive show, which has taken more than 60 curatorial, field and installation staff to bring together. There are 234 objects from 34 countries, with works loaned from 58 separate institutions. Many of the works are on show in Australia for the first time.
Artists include Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Katsushika Hokusai, Lola Greeno, Jeff Koons, François Boucher, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Bridget Riley, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Georgia O’Keefe, Vernon Ah Kee, Mat Collishaw, Andy Goldsworthy, and Cindy Sherman, to name only a few.
GOMA TURNS 10, from 3 December 2016
GOMA. A place where people come together to be inspired and imaginations spark. A place where ideas meet. This summer will be packed with even more excitement as GOMA turns ten.
This milestone for GOMA and Brisbane is being marked by a new public artwork by Queensland Indigenous artist Judy Watson, and major free exhibitions, including: ‘Lucent’, showcasing art of Australia and the Pacific; a second chapter of ‘A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift’, including a captivating new light work by renowned artist Anthony McCall; and the spectacular ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’, featuring over 200 contemporary artworks exploring light, space, architecture and the senses. From brand-new immersive works to large-scale visitor favourites, ‘Sugar Spin’ reflects our complex connections to the natural world with an explosion of colour, sensation and spinning delights.
ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
SAPPERS & SHRAPNEL – CONTEMPORARY ART AND THE ART OF THE TRENCHES
11 Nov – 29 Jan 2017
The exhibition includes trench art from the collection of the Australian War Memorial including those made by Tasmanian Sapper Stanley K. Pearl alongside work of contemporary artists including Tony Albert, Olga Cironis, Nicholas Folland, Brett Graham, Fiona Hall, Richard Lewer, Alasdair McLuckie, Baden Pailthorpe and Ben Quilty.