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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.

Portia Geach Memorial Award 2018

2018 Winner – ‘Drawing Storyboards‘ by Zoe Young (Portrait of Film and Opera director, Bruce Beresford)

Until 2 December

S.H. Ervin Gallery – Sydney, NSW

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women artists.

The Award was established by the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. The non-acquisitive prize is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit, ‘…for the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the close date for entries.’

The 2018 winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award is Zoe Young, with her portrait of Film and Opera director, Bruce Beresford titled ‘Drawing Storyboards.’

Highly commended artists were Gina Bruce ‘Ann Thompson’ (Artist), and Nicolette Eidell ‘Dr. Anne Noonan, psychiatrist & Jungian analyst.’

Art Lovers Australia’s own Jeska Valk is a finalist with her entry, Georgia Maq (Georgia McDonald, musician)

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Chiharu Shiota

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Chiharu Shiota

Until 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.

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Masters of modern art from the Hermitage

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‘Landscape: Dünaberg near Murnau’ 1913 by Wassily Kandinsky

Until 3 March 2019

Art Gallery of NSW – Sydney, NSW

Monet ● Cézanne ● Matisse ● Picasso ● Gauguin ● Kandinsky ● Pissarro ● Malevich ● Denis ● Bonnard

Masters of modern art from the Hermitage presents a magnificent selection of works from the towering figures of modern art. Drawn from the unparalleled collections of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the exhibition captures the ebullience, idealism and confidence of artists as they freed themselves from tradition.

Exploring the origins of modern art, from the bold experiments of Cézanne, to the radical innovation of artists like Matisse and Picasso, this exhibition documents the seismic shifts that took place in European painting in the years after 1900 and encapsulates a defining moment in art history.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see rare works from the modern masters – a journey of startling colour and form, groundbreaking endeavour, and bold leaps of the imagination.

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BOAA Art 2018

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Until 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.

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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.

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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.

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Designing Women

Photo by Tom Ross

Until 24 March

NGV International – Melbourne, Victoria

Spanning nearly 40 years, from 1980 to 2018, Designing Women highlights the ongoing role of female designers as a dynamic and critical force in shaping contemporary design culture. From fashion design, contemporary jewellery, and product design, to architecture and digital innovation, Designing Women draws from the NGV Collection to showcase over 50 significant works of design – across diverse creative fields – all united by their female authorship.

Increasingly, our cities, services, products and brands are profoundly enhanced by the creative prowess of women. Designing Women shares that female designers, often overlooked in a male dominated industry, are producing sophisticated, iconic, and thought provoking work of exceptional quality.

From modern-day trailblazers including Zaha Hadid and Neri Oxman, to local heroes such as Elliat Rich and Helen Kontouris, Designing Women draws into focus the accelerating opportunity for women to shape the future, in a world increasingly defined by design.

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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.

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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.

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

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