2018 Exhibitions

UP COMING  2 August 2018 - 5 August 2018

Elizabeth Willing

Strawberry Thief

Tolarno Galleries presents Elizabeth Willing’s solo exhibition, Strawberry Thief, at this year’s Melbourne Art Fair. The exhibition will include a wallpaper print, a series of collage prints, hand-carved wooden sculptures and Anxiolytic. This is a bottled and branded spirit and glasses that will form part of a cocktail performance in collaboration with Melbourne mixologist, Cennon Hanson.

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UP COMING  12 July 2018 - 18 August 2018

Benjamin Armstrong

Invisible Stories: Meditations on Port Essington


In his first solo exhibition since 2012, Benjamin Armstrong will present a series of linocut prints relating to Mark McKenna’s 2016 book From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories.

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CURRENT  7 June 2018 - 7 July 2018

Andrew Browne


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For his sixth exhibition at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne-based Andrew Browne presents new paintings and related charcoal drawings that extend his decades long interest in a landscape of phenomena – yet one alienated from the picturesque.

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PAST  3 May 2018 - 2 June 2018

Bill Henson

Bill Henson

Tolarno Galleries presents a collection of new Bill Henson photographic works.

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“Plenty of artists conjure with images from the history of art, but none has been so ambitious in their attempt to marry the immediate, over-brimming present with the haunted past. And the fact remains that no other living Australian artist has produced as many images so full of tenderness, silence and longing” – Sebastian Smee, The Monthly April 2017

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PAST  22 March 2018 - 28 April 2018

Rosemary Laing



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Buddens finds Rosemary Laing returning to Shoalhaven, New South Wales, the landscape of the iconic series groundspeed (2001).

As Laing notes: “The arrival­ of people, throughout history, shifts what happens in land, challenging those who have left their elsewhere, and disrupting the continuum of their destination place. A disruption causes a reconfiguration. It elaborates both the beforehand and the afterward.”

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PAST  15 February 2018 - 17 March 2018

Ben Quilty

Notes on Chaos


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Trump tweets, North Korean missile launches, global terrorism, vengeful weather, disruptive economies and Middle East instability: it feels like the rug has been pulled from under us. How do we respond to a world upside down, a place of crumbling sureties? Ben Quilty’s new work expresses the uneasiness of a society anxious about the future through the lens of personal experience – Michael Desmond, 2018

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