Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings wins MAPDA Best Book for 2021

Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings was named Museums Australia Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) Best Book for 2021 at the annual Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) national conference in Canberra this week. Selected Writings was edited by Angela Goddard and Tim Riley Walsh, and co-published by Power Publications, Sydney, and Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane.

Helen Johnson and Gordon Bennett at Tate Modern

Works by Gordon Bennett and Helen Johnson are currently on view at Tate Modern as part of A Year in Art: Australia in 1992, a new exhibition exploring the debate over Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights before and after the High Court’s landmark 1992 Mabo decision.

Catherine Bell finalist in STILL: National Still Life Award 2021.

Catherine Bellis a finalist in STILL: National Still Life Award 2021 with her series, ‘Daphne’s Fountain 1-3’. An exhibition of finalists work will be on view at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery from 14 August – 23 October 2021.

Karen Black named as finalist in 2021 Archibald Prize

Karen Black has been announced as a finalist in the 2021 Archibald Prize. Black’s entry is a timely portrait of renowned epidemiologist and professor of global biosecurity at the UNSW’s Kirby Institute, Professor Chandini Raina Macintyre. Professor Macintyre emigrated to Australia with her Sri Lankan Tamil family when she was nine, and is now recognised as a world expert in emerging infectious diseases. Black’s forthcoming solo exhibition at Sutton Gallery, ‘Arepo’, opens in July.

Kate Beynon named as finalist in 2021 Archibald Prize

Kate Beynon has been announced as a finalist in the 2021 Archibald Prize. ‘Collaborative Spirits’ is a striking self portrait of the artist, alongside her 22-year-old son Rali, an emerging artist and animator, and their beloved rescue dog, Tudo. The sitters wear futuristic/talismanic outfits that were adapted from a series of collaborative mask paintings made by Kate and Rali that draw on their mixed cultural backgrounds including Cantonese–Malaysian, Welsh/Celtic and Nordic, with Afro-Caribbean and Native American Pima ancestries from Kate’s husband and Rali’s father, Mike. These paintings will form the basis of a two-person exhibition at the gallery in late 2021.

Elizabeth Gower at Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery

Elizabeth Gower is included in A world of one’s own, a podcast series and exhibition at Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery. With a nod to Virginia Woolf’s iconic 1929 essay A Room of One’s Own, artist Tai Snaith has conducted a series of podcast conversations with female-identifying artists whom she admires. In this third series Snaith presents relaxed, colloquial exchanges with artists selected from the MPRG works on paper collection.

Rosslynd Piggott, Helga Groves and Brett Colquhoun finalists in Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Rosslynd Piggott, Helga Groves and Brett Colquhoun have been named as finalists in the 2021 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize. An exhibition of finalists work will be on view at Geelong Gallery from Saturday 29 May to Sunday 22 August 2021.

Raafat Ishak and Helga Groves at Counihan Gallery

Raafat Ishak and Helga Groves are included in The Space We Live, the Air We Breathe at Counihan Gallery, Moreland City Council. The exhibition brings together seven local artists in a poetic rendering of the creative life of Moreland. Importantly, the artists in this show are social commentators, forever casting an eye on their social and political surrounds. The artworks included build an interesting dialogue, emphasising Moreland as a hotbed of creative and socio-political discourse.

Laresa Kosloff and Nicholas Mangan at Buxton Contemporary

New work by Nicholas Mangan and Laresa Kosloff is on view at Buxton Contemporary as part of This brittle light until 20 June. Curated by Melissa Keys, the exhibition comprises a series of works made during the past 12 months of pandemic disruption under the title ‘Light source commissions’.

Nusra Latif Qureshi at Warrnambool Art Gallery

Nusra Latif Qureshi’s solo exhibition, Promises of a Parallel Cosmos, will be on view at Warrnambool Art Gallery from Saturday 24 April to Sunday 24 June, 2021. The exhibition presents key artworks from the artist’s oeuvre spanning 2011-2019, alongside a new commission developed in response to WAG’s collection of Colonial holdings. Reflecting upon established narratives within art historical depictions of people and society, Qureshi openly critiques their accuracy and uncovers unknown histories. In Promises of a Parallel Cosmos Qureshi eloquently acknowledges the complexity of colonial stories, and encourages a new dialogue for understanding these in the present day. 

Major works by Vivienne Binns, Nicholas Mangan acquired by Tate/MCA

We are thrilled to announce that major works by Vivienne Binns and Nicholas Mangan have been jointly acquired by Tate, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. The acquisitions were made possible through a corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation that has enabled both museums to expand their collections each year, bringing the work of Australian artists to new global audiences. Binns and Mangan join a group of esteemed Australian artists–among them Gordon Bennett and Helen Johnson–whose work has been acquired as part of this ambitious program.

Arlo Mountford at Walkway Gallery

Arlo Mountford’s mid-career survey exhibition, Deep Revolt, is currently on view at Walkway Gallery in Bordertown, South Australia. Developed by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and with support from Museums and Galleries NSW, the exhibition has been touring nationally since 2018. Deep Revolt continues until Sunday 5 February, 2021.

Nicholas Mangan receives Australia Council Fellowship

Nicholas Mangan has been named as an Australia Council Fellow for Visual Arts. Worth $80,000, the Fellowship will allow Mangan to develop his current artistic research in to a major body of work.

Catherine Bell at La Trobe Art Institute

Catherine Bell is included in One Foot on the Ground, One Foot in the Water at La Trobe Art Institute. Curated by Travis Curtain, the exhibition explores the subject of mortality and the inseperable link between life and death. The exhibition continues until Sunday 17 January, 2021.

Helga Groves at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery

Helga Groves is included in WONDER + DREAD:  Art in the Land of Weather Extremes at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, New South Wales. The exhibition – which features Groves’ seminal work Flood (1999), on loan from the Art Gallery of New South Wales – considers how Australian artists have responded to extreme weather events across time. WONDER + DREAD runs from 12 December, 2020 — 20 January, 2021.

7 Sutton Gallery artists featured in landmark National Gallery of Australia initiative ‘Know My Name’

Kate Beynon, Vivienne Binns, Anne Ferran, Elizabeth Gower, Helen Johnson, Lindy Lee and Rosslynd Piggott are included in Know My Name: Australia Women Artists 1900 to Now. A gender equity initiative of the NGA, Know My Name features a program of exhibitions, events, commissions, creative collaborations, publications and partnerships that highlight the diversity and creativity of women artist throughout history and to the present day.

Gordon Bennett at QAGOMA

Gordon Bennett: Unfinished Business continues at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, until 21 March 2021. It is the first large-scale exhibition of Bennett’s work and features 200 artworks ranging from installation and sculptural assemblage to painting, drawing, video and ceramics.

In his lifetime, Bennett was widely regarded as one of Queensland’s, and indeed one of Australia’s, most perceptive and inventive contemporary artists. Queensland-born, Bennett (1955–2014) was deeply engaged with questions of identity, perception and the construction of history, and made a profound and ongoing contribution to contemporary art in Australia and internationally.

Laresa Kosloff for Buxton Contemporary Light Source Commission, The University of Melbourne

Radical Acts is a darkly humorous and critical short film by Melbourne artist Laresa Kosloff assembled and edited entirely from corporate video stock footage sourced on the internet.

Light Source is a new series of commissions that form part of Buxton Contemporary’s expanded digital artistic program.

Kate Smith at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Kate Smith’s solo exhibition, Form is temporary, class is permanent is now open at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, and will continue until 17 January 2021. The suite of works in this exhibition are defined by a contrast between control, and lack of it — extroverted brushwork is balanced with hesitant gestures, surfaces oscillate between overworked and underdone, and a series of three-dimensional forms made from readily available materials threaten a decline into formlessness.

Floor talks: Jon Campbell and Stephen Bush

Join us at the gallery on the 7th and the 14th of November for a floor talk with Jon Campbell and Stephen Bush. The artists will discuss their recent collaboration and give a short exhibition tour. Talks will commence at 11am. Due to density quotients, places are strictly limited and bookings are essential.

Lindy Lee at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Moon in a Dew Drop is a major exhibition by leading Australian artist Lindy Lee, presented at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in 2020. Curated by the MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, the exhibition will be the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s to date, spanning early works to more recent large-scale installations and sculptures.

2 Oct 2020 – 28 Feb 2021 MCA

Nicholas Mangan selected as Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2020 finalist

Congratulations to Nicholas Mangan, who has been named as a finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2020. The prize awards a Victorian sculptor for their existing body of work and takes into consideration their contribution to the practice of sculpture, their works in progress and planned work.

Prize winners will be announced at 6pm on November 11.

Kate Beynon selected as Archibald Prize finalist

Kate Beynon has been selected as a finalist in the Archibald Prize with her painting, With Tudo and the robe, 2020.

Kindred spirits, protective guardians and shaman figures often feature in Beynon’s work. In this self-portrait, the artist appears with her family’s 13-year old rescue staffy-cross, Tudo. The garment she wears is a painted, soft-sculptural costume work made earlier in 2020 titled ‘Robe for the Blue Shaman Guardian’. Beynon drew inspiration from a range of sources including the botanical and anatomical imagery of 17th century artist Yun Bing from the Qing Dynasty, the surrealist painter Remedios Varo Uranga, as well as the stories and symbols from her Malaysian-Chinese/Welsh ancestry.⠀

Karen Black selected as Archibald Prize finalist

Karen Black has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize for her painting of fellow artist and poet, the late Madonna Staunton, whose practice spanned five decades and included writing, collage, assemblage and painting. ⠀

She says, “I’d wanted to paint Madonna since 2014 after seeing her paintings at QAGOMA. I felt she’d been overlooked as one of our great women artists and wanted to put her in the spotlight. When I discovered she was the same age as my mother and also had dementia, it gave me a more personal reason to meet her. I visited her in the nursing home and was inspired to see her still working on various paintings. She was still outspoken, yet I could see a certain introspect in her manner, especially her eyes.⠀

She sat on her bed talking, so I situated the painting in her room. When I mixed the paint on the canvas a blob of paint hung over her eye, giving the portrait that feeling of introspection I’d recognised. I used shapes, referencing her assemblages and collages and painted it in the pale colours she was wearing on the day. It reminded me of time fading away.⠀

We lost Madonna on 16th December 2019.”⠀ ⠀