Brook Andrew, Dan Moynihan and Patricia Piccinini – new commissions on view at Lyon Housemuseum Galleries

Congratulations to Lyon Housemuseum Galleries on the grand opening of this exciting new art and architecture museum in Melbourne, and inaugural exhibition, Enter.

An exhibition of newly commissioned works by sixteen leading Australian contemporary artists, Tolarno Galleries is pleased to support commissions for Brook Andrew, Dan Moynihan and Patricia Piccinini.

Enter is on view until 15 July 2019. Lyon Housemuseum Galleries is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Installation view: Dan Moynihan Public Display of Reflection 2019, aluminium #8 mirror polish stainless steel, acrylic spray 220 x 250 x 74 cm. Supported by Lyon Foundation and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Quilty opens at AGSA, new monograph

Congratulations to Ben Quilty on the opening of the first major survey exhibition of his work at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men, to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The exhibition also includes works inspired by Quilty’s visits with author Richard Flanagan to Lebanon, Lesbos and Serbia, his revisions of the Australian landscape, and raw, intimate portraits of himself, his family and his friends.

To mark this moment, a new monograph, Ben Quilty, has been published by Penguin.

Developed by the Art Gallery of South Australia and curated by Assistant Director, Artistic Programs Dr Lisa Slade, the Quilty exhibition is unveiled in Adelaide before a year of touring.

Art Gallery of South Australia | 2 March – 2 June 2019
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art | 29 June – 13 October 2019
Art Gallery of New South Wales | 9 November 2019 – 2 February 2020

Image: Art Gallery of South Australia, photo: Grant Handcock

Brendan Huntley

Published by Knowledge EditionsWonders Never Crease is a Brendan Huntley’s first artist book.

A limited edition of 100 numbered copies, Wonders Never Crease includes all 24 small works on paper from the most recent exhibition Sky Light Mind.

The Wonders Never Crease series was created by Huntley while on residency in San Francisco with artist Barry McGee in 2017.

The book was launched at Tolarno Galleries on Saturday 1 December 2018. Contact the publisher to enquire about the last remaining copies.

Find out more about Brendan Huntley’s latest works from:
The Guardian
The Design Files
Take 5 by Double J (podcast)
Triple R – Maps (from 01:05:50)
The Art of Brendan Huntley at (video)

Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester: Through Love…

Love and intimacy is the focus of a landmark exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art that for the first time pairs the work of Patricia Piccinini with that of important Australian modernist Joy Hester.

Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester: Through love… is curated by Victoria Lynn and presents more than 50 works, including Sanctuary, a major new sculpture by Piccinini, and rarely-seen works by Hester. The exhibition explores the incredible spectrum of human and non-human relationships, from romantic love and maternal devotion through to the connections formed between humans and animals, and animate and inanimate objects.

Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester: Through love…
24 November 2018 – 11 March 2019
Tarrawarra Museum of Art
313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville VIC 3777.

Read more about this exhibition in the Australian Financial Review.

Pictured: Patricia Piccinini Sanctuary 2018 (detail), silicone, fibreglass, hair, 146 x 68 x 72 cm. Photograph by Andrew Curtis.


Tolarno Galleries is pleased to announce exclusive representation of A&A, the newly formed partnership of Australian industrial designer Adam Goodrum and French marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur.

A&A is a creative collaboration. Adam and Arthur have joined forces specifically to design and produce one-off stand alone pieces of exceptional artistry.

A&A‘s first bold collaboration, Bloom, debuted at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano in April 2018 where the cabinet was considered a ‘stand-out display of colour and craftsmanship’ (Australian Design Review). Bloom is now in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Inspired by the lush form of a lotus in full flower, Bloom was hand-crafted in Sydney, Australia. The semi-circular doors are composed of 4,320 sections of premium-grade rye straw imported from speciality growers in Burgundy, France. The marquetry process took over 400 hours to accomplish.

A&A heralds a new era in collectible Antipodean design.

Tolarno Galleries will present A&A’s next new striking designs in a solo exhibition planned to coincide with Melbourne Design Week in March 2020.

Image: Bloom, by A&A, 2018. Hand-dyed straw marquetry in 12 unique pigments, hand-crafted, black-stained oak joinery, lined in white maple, 180 x 140 x 42 cm. Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Ben Quilty

Until the end of February 2019, Ben Quilty and Mirra Whale’s sculpture Not a creature was stirring will be installed at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.

First exhibited by Tolarno Galleries at Sydney Contemporary art fair in September 2018, the sculpture is made from the salvaged life-jackets of Syrian refugees.

The Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, said: “Ben Quilty’s sculpture, Not a creature was stirring, is a powerful reflection on the human cost of war and conflict. The hi-vis Christmas tree at the entrance of our Cathedral is a reminder that Jesus and his family became refugees almost immediately after his birth. It is an invitation to us to open our hearts to help people displaced by war and conflict.”

Quilty’s sculpture is displayed along with drawings by Syrian refugee children. These were collected by Quilty and recently published in the book, Home: Drawings by Syrian Children.

Read more at The Guardian.
Listen to Ben Quilty and the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe on ABC Melbourne Conversation Hour (Friday 16 November edition, from 36:50 min)

St Paul’s Cathedral is open to the public daily
Monday-Friday: 8.30am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 7:30am – 7:30pm

Image: Ben Quilty and Mirra Whale Not a creature was stirring 2018. Syrian Refugee crisis life vests, steel, perspex & electrical components, H: 370 cm x W: 400 cm x D: 400 cm. Photograph by Jacqui Shelton.

Tim Maguire

A Survey 2003 – 2018
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
10 November 2018 – 27 January 2019

Featuring new digital prints, paintings and prints from the last fifteen years of Tim Maguire’s practice.

A large exhibition by Maguire’s long time collaborator, master printer Franck Bordas, entitled Épreuves d’imprimeur. Estampes de l’atelier Franck Bordas is on view at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris until 25 November. Maguire’s 5 panel print Falling Snow III, 2007 is included.

Tim Maguire will exhibit new works at Tolarno Galleries in May 2019.

Image: Tim Maguire Dice Abstracts 2018. Numbers 1 – 10, archival pigment ink on Photorag paper. 100 x 100 cm image size, paper size 112 x 122 cm. Installation view via Instagram.

Judy Watson

the edge of memory
Art Gallery of New South Wales
10 November 2018 – 17 March 2019

Paintings, prints and drawings from one of Australia’s most significant artists.

The whisperings of the past are central to the work of Aboriginal artist Judy Watson, who is interested in the indelible stain left on country by past events. Watson poignantly unveils hidden histories while tracing her matrilineal connection to country, the Waanyi lands of north-east Queensland.

Her works play a significant role in remembering and illuminating aspects of our past that we often fail or refuse to see. This display presents works from her diverse practice including many from the Gallery’s own collection.

Image: Judy Watson big blue world with three stupas 2004, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Patricia Piccinini

Patricia Piccinini‘s Skywhale flies again!

For one day only on November 22 the Skywhale will float over the Yarra Valley in Victoria for the opening of the TarraWarra Museum of Art exhibition Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester: Through Love …

The exhibition runs 24 November 2018 to 11 March 2019.

Read more at the New York Times.

Photograph by Andrew Chapman.

Patricia Piccinini Skywhale 2013
nylon, polyester, nomex, hyperlast, cable
340 x 230 x 200 cm
Commissioned for The Centenary of Canberra

Brendan Huntley


The final 2018 exhibition for Tolarno Galleries in is Brendan Huntley‘s Sky Light Mind, opening Saturday 10 November until Saturday 15 December.

Featuring ceramic sculptures, paintings and drawings, Huntley’s new series of work sees a shift in his vision. The artworks have the same warm, sensual and rambunctious physical sense of earlier works, now realised on a grander scale. They speak of chaos and balance, land and water, the playful and the disciplined, capturing the contrasts of the organic handmade and the assertively efficient machine-made. They beg for hands to touch them, and seem to invite you to climb them and feel their embrace.

The works are strongly influenced by, as Huntley puts it, “the natural light and crazy vibrant colours of the west coast of California”. In 2016 Huntley received an Australia Council research and mentorship residency with American artist Barry McGee in San Francisco.

Image: Brendan Huntley Untitled (primordial soup) 2018. Glaze, slip, enamel, bog, stoneware, raku, formply, steel and wheels 126 x 72 x 72 cm


Peter Atkins

Congratulations to Peter Atkins whose 44 metre work RAILway was installed this week at the former City Square site on Swanston Street in Melbourne and will be on view until October 2019.

This site will become Town Hall Station, one of five new underground train stations currently under construction in the Metro Tunnel, due to open in 2025. Atkins’ project explores our collective cultural, social and personal memories of the graphic, abstracted designs of suburban train tickets issued between 1920 and the late 1980s departing from or arriving into Melbourne.

Part of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program, this piece is an extension of an earlier work Station to Station, exhibited in the 2013 National Gallery of Victoria exhibition, Melbourne Now.

Photograph by Peter Atkins.


Amos Gebhardt

Congratulations to Amos Gebhardt, a finalist in the 2018 Bowness prize, on view now at Monash Gallery of Art.

Artist statement: The series Evanescence contemplates the nature of impermanence. We are here as miraculously as we are not. The human form is captured in a state of transience as it merges with the materials of the earth; dirt, water and salt. I seek to draw attention to the way the human body reflects the same elements of the Earth’s surface. There is no separation. The imagery resists normative notions of humanness by offering a diverse portrait of being within the natural world.
Made in collaboration with forty performers, and creatives Melanie Lane, Katie Milright and Tim Mummery.
Thank you to the Traditional Custodians the Boorong people for permission to film on country.

Image: Water #3 2018 from the series Evanescence
chromogenic print
100 x 155 cm

Patricia Piccinini

The Patricia Hotel opens at the Vancouver Biennale

In what is expected to become one of North America’s most talked-about art events of the year, globally renowned Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings immersive sculpture experience will exhibit this September as part of the 2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale.

For the first time in the Biennale’s fifteen years of creating transformative experiences through public art, and in keeping with the 2018 – 2020 theme of re-IMAGE-n, the exhibition will take over an interior space in the historic Patricia Hotel.

The hyperrealist “world of oddly captivating, somewhat grotesque, human-animal hybrid creatures” will be the artist’s first exhibition in a non-museum setting, transforming a wing of the 105-year-old Patricia Hotel.

Find out more at

Image: via Patricia Piccinini on Instagram

Brook Andrew

On view from 18 September to 1 December 2018 at Ten Cubed is The Language of Skulls, showcasing works by Brook Andrew in the Ten Cubed collection.

Ten Cubed is a private art gallery, open to the public, where an evolving selection of contemporary artists represented by Australian and New Zealand galleries, are collected and exhibited in-depth over ten years.

Brook Andrew is a Melbourne-based interdisciplinary artist who examines dominant narratives, often relating to colonialism and modernist histories. He is the Artistic Director of the 2020 Biennale of Sydney.

Brook Andrew is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.

Ten Cubed is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Image: Brook Andrew Systems II (cropped) 2016. Mixed media 240 x 165 cm.

Sydney Contemporary

Ben Quilty‘s new series The Bottom Feeders will be shown exclusively at Sydney Contemporary, 12–16 September 2018, Tolarno Galleries stand E15. Works include paintings, etchings and sculpture.

Quilty’s new series of paintings, The Bottom Feeders, shows a greedy society with a cargo cult mentality, whose cultural leaders dispense materialist trophies. A corrupt Santa stands in for the men who were initially revered as figures of implicit generosity and assumed benevolence. While the original St. Nicholas served the needy, Santa now is a symbol of self-gratification, conspicuous consumption and corporate greed, with Quilty adding uncontrolled lust for good measure. – Michael Desmond, 2018

Ben Quilty

Congratulations to Ben Quilty, whose work will be the subject of a major museum exhibition, touring to three capital cities in 2019-20.

Quilty was developed by the Art Gallery of South Australia and is curated by co-Acting Director Lisa Slade. The survey exhibition will be unveiled in Adelaide on 2 March 2019. It will then tour to the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales until early 2020.

A fully illustrated book, published by Penguin Random House, will accompany the exhibition.

Read more in The Australian ($ paywall).

Quilty exhibition touring dates:
Art Gallery of South Australia | 2 March to 2 June 2019
Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art | 29 June to 13 October 2019
Art Gallery of New South Wales | 9 November 2019 to 2 February 2020

Nicholas Folland

Congratulations to Nicholas Folland who has been selected for The National 2019: New Australian Art.

Folland will present a new solo show, Dawn Chorus, at Tolarno Galleries from 6 October – 3 November

Pictured: Nicholas Folland Untitled (Jump-up) 2012. Domestic crystal & glassware, nylon coated stainless steel wire. 500 x 230 x 460 cm. Installation at Art Gallery of South Australia. Photo: Saul Steed.

Danie Mellor

Opening on Saturday 25 August is Danie Mellor’s landmark new series The Landspace: [all the debils are here].


Click here to view images.

Pictured: A mythic vision 2018. Diasec mounted chromogenic print on metallic photographic paper. 126 cm diameter. Edition of 3 + 2AP

ACO and Bill Henson

In 2019, the Australia Chamber Orchestra will revisit their original 2005 collaboration with artist Bill Henson, Luminous. A ground-breaking, cross-genre musical and visual feast, the updated performance will feature indie Israeli-Australian singer-songwriter Lior.

Henson’s haunting, dramatic photography remains the visual focus. His night-time urban landscapes and moody explorations of sensuality – twilight zones between day and night, male and female, youth and adulthood, urban and rural settings – form the background to a meditative soundscape.

This revival features new imagery and music spanning Britten and Janáček to R.E.M., and the centrepiece is Pēteris Vasks’ pensive violin concerto, Distant Light. Nostalgic, melancholic, at times manic and beautifully evocative, Luminous is an arresting, multi-sensory journey.

Luminous season runs 10 – 23 August 2019. ACO subscription packages are available now.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Image: Bill Henson Untitled #137, 2000/2001, KMC SH41 N28, Archival inkjet pigment print, 127 × 180 cm


Judy Watson

Congratulations to Judy Watson who will create a six-metre new work, bara, as part of the City of Sydney’s seven-part ‘Eora Journey’ public art program.

bara will comprise two towering, crescent-shaped pieces modelled on shapes of the bone fish hooks manufactured for thousands of years by Gadigal women. Made of stone, the sculpture will have a pearlescent finish so as to resemble the hooks that can still be found around the harbour. Work is expected to be completed by mid-2020.

Read more
Sydney Morning Herald
Time Out Sydney

Image: courtesy Judy Watson and UAP Media

Elizabeth Willing

From 2 – 5 August 2018, visit Tolarno Galleries’ stand D7 Vault Hall at Melbourne Art Fair for Strawberry Thief, the solo installation from Elizabeth Willing.

Celebrate the festive and ceremonial fruit cake with the Dark series of collages. See wallpaper from a different perspective with the Strawberry Thief (after William Morris) design on the walls, and look up close at the hand carved sculptures Umber (no. 1) and Umber (no. 2).  Taste a soothing cocktail made from a vodka and valerian tincture with Anxiolytic, comprising a bottled and branded spirit and set of Pacify glasses as part of a cocktail performance in collaboration with Melbourne mixologist, Cennon Hanson.

Read more
Gourmet Traveller
The Age
Time Out Melbourne
Art Guide

Listen to an interview
ABC RN The Drawing Room

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Amos Gebhardt

Tolarno Galleries is pleased to announce representation for emerging artist Amos Gebhardt.

Gebhardt’s works have a cinematic scale and incorporate collage and dance to create multi-screen video installations and photographs.

A recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014, Gebhardt has created moving image works for exhibition, cinema and broadcast at AGSA, Samstag Museum, ACMI, MONA, Gertrude Contemporary, SBS and ABC.

Tolarno Galleries will present Amos Gebhardt’s first solo exhibition in 2019, a continuation of the horses project, Lovers, recently included in Divided Worlds, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 2018.

Patricia Piccinini

Last days to catch Curious Affection, the major Patricia Piccinini survey at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, closing on Saturday 5 August.

Read an interview with Patricia Piccinini at Ocula.

Photograph by Phoebe Powell.

Benjamin Armstrong

Comprising 11 new linocut prints, along with their metal-framed set of blocks, Invisible Stories: Meditations on Port Essington is Benjamin Armstrong‘s  most recent solo exhibition at Tolarno since Conjurers in 2012.

The linocut series relates to the Australian historian and multi-award winning author Mark McKenna’s book From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories (2016). McKenna’s book explores the central drama of Australian history: the encounter between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. The exhibition is part of the Melbourne Art Fair’s Melbourne Art Week program from Tuesday 31 July – Sunday 5 August.

Benjamin Armstrong is on view until 18 August.

Read more:
Blouin Art Info
Galleries Now

Image: Courtesy Andrew Stephens and Imprint Magazine

Brook Andrew

Congratulations to Brook Andrew who has been appointed Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney to be held in 2020.

A participant in the 2018 and 2010 biennales of Sydney, Brook Andrew will draw on curatorial experiences including his groundbreaking TABOO exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012.

His distinguished 25-year career was recognised with a large-scale exhibition The Right to Offend is Sacred at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2017 and he is currently concluding a three-year-long Australian Research Council grant, Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial. This project responds to calls for a national memorial to Aboriginal loss during the Frontier Wars, a series of conflicts between Indigenous Australians and European settlers from 1788 to the 1930s.

Speaking to The Australian, Brook Andrew said he “doesn’t plan to include his own art at the 2020 biennale, saying he would be making a statement of sorts as artistic director instead. He will seek out artists and collections both locally and abroad, looking to present an exhibition that offers a snapshot of the world from an Australian perspective. He’s particularly interested in peripheral perspectives, or ‘ideas on the edge’. ‘I’m going to move the edge to the centre,’ he said.”

Brook Andrew has been represented by Tolarno Galleries since 2007. Read more at the Biennale of Sydney.

Image: Brook Andrew. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy Biennale of Sydney.

Andrew Browne

Congratulations to Andrew Browne on winning the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize for 2018 for his work, The awakening. A biennial acquisitive award for contemporary painting with a cash prize of $30,000, the judging panel comprised Justin Paton (Head Curator of International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales), Rebecca Coates (Director, Shepparton Art Museum) and Lisa Sullivan (Senior Curator, Geelong Gallery). 

The judges commented: “This was a work that drew us in immediately and kept drawing us back. The key to its power is the board at the centre with its staring black ‘eyes’, backlit by a haunting nocturnal glow. With its flicks, smudges and overruns of colour, the plywood board suggests a painted surface hidden to the viewer, sharpening our curiosity about what has been made – or is being made – on the other side. The object could be read in multiple ways: as a redundant protest placard tied against a tree, or an abstracted crucifix-like form with looming attendants on each side. Gothic and film-noir-esque, the painting’s moodiness and ambiguity are absolutely of our times. This may be an image of the fate of painting, or a broader evocation of a world where troubling events transpire on the edge of our awareness.” Read more at Art Guide.

Andrew Browne will present a floor talk at Geelong Art Gallery on Saturday 23 June at 11.30am. 

Image: Photographer Hails & Shine. Courtesy Geelong Art Gallery.

Andrew Browne

Spill is on view now until 7 July.

“The Melbourne artist builds on his enduring interest in natural phenomena by examining the suggestive ambiguities of water and the metamorphic effects of light. Developed from his large and ongoing archive of observational photography, Browne’s oil paintings are an ‘accumulation of glimpses’ knitting together fragments of landscape, light and form. He captures anthropomorphic lurkings and nuanced details in nature to conjure new realities.” – Artist Profile

Read more about Andrew Browne‘s latest work in the Spill exhibition at:
Artist Profile
Blouin ArtInfo
Art Guide

Installation shot by Andrew Curtis.

Danie Mellor

Pleasure and Vexation – the strata and spectacle of history
27 May – 19 August 2018

Curated by Pātaka Art + Museum, this will be the first major exhibition of works by this award-winning contemporary Australian artist to be shown in New Zealand. Over 20 outstanding works, many large in scale, including some loaned from Australian museum and gallery collections.

A monumental mixed-media work on paper from 2010 entitled Fruits of labour provides the starting point for this selection of technically-astonishing drawings, paintings and digitally-manipulated photography, through which Mellor explores indigenous and Australian histories.

Mellor, with both indigenous and non-indigenous heritage, stresses the significance of both Indigenous Australians and colonial histories, the need to talk about their interaction, and the issues that arise from those two things being parallel.

Bill Henson

Book signing
Saturday 19 May, 2pm-3pm
Tolarno Galleries, Level 4, 104 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 3000

Bill Henson will make a rare public appearance for a book signing at Tolarno Galleries. He will sign your personal copies of books, and Tolarno will also have available for purchase on the day limited copies of otherwise sold out editions of Henson monographs, including:

Bill Henson’s exhibition of new works is on view now at Tolarno Galleries until 2 June.

Watch: Bill Henson on ABC TV The Mix

Listen: Bill Henson on ABC RN The Drawing Room

Art Guide
Broadsheet Melbourne
Galleries Now
The Guardian
The Art Newspaper
The Age
The Australian

ImageKindertotenlieder Image #17 1976 – 2016
Archival inkjet pigment print, framed
Image size: 44.8 x 37 cm Framed size: 69 x 60 cm
Edition of 10

Danie Mellor

Cairns Art Gallery
Proximity and Perception
4 May – 1 July 2018

Proximity and Perception focuses on a major new work by Danie Mellor commissioned by the Cairns Art Gallery Foundation, and places it within the context of his recent art practice and ongoing engagement with his matrilineal Country of the North Queensland rainforest region, south of Cairns.
Proximity and Perception spans the last decade of Mellor’s artistic practice and brings together highly detailed drawings rendered in Mellor’s signature blue pastel, alongside recent photographic works.

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Artist talk Friday 4 May, 6.00PM

Image: Danie Mellor, Bala dulga yubanday  2014, each panel 100 x 120 cm total size: 300.0 x 360.0 cm, on paper consisting of nine panels mounted onto aluminium and mdf.

Louise Hearman | Patricia Piccinini

2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art
3 March – 3 June 2018

Extending across Adelaide’s cultural precinct, North Terrace, the 2018 Adelaide Biennial will be presented at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art at the University of South Australia, JamFactory and Adelaide Botanic Garden including the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Artists include Patricia Piccinini and Louise Hearman.

Image: Louise Hearman, ‘Untitled #1405’ 2015, oil and ink on canvas, 71 x 71 cm

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Patricia Piccinini

Curious Affection
24 March – 5 August 2018
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland

Brisbane welcomes the artworks of Patricia Piccinini to GOMA for ‘Curious Affection’, an exhibition of over 50 new and commissioned works.
This will be the  most ambitious and expansive solo exhibition ever staged at QAGOMA for an Australian artist.

Image: Patricia Piccinini, ‘The Bond’ 2016

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EVERYTHING CHANGES: Tim Maguire 2002 – 2017
Friday 17 November 2017

This significant exhibition by internationally recognised artist Tim Maguire, explores the last 15 years of the artists practice, and includes new works made in his France studio, exhibited in Australia for the very first time.

Image: Kinglake Panorama 2015 Digital pigment print, framed, 225 x 724 cm (6 panels).

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The Cell

1 Market St, Newport, Victoria

26 May – 10 June 2017

Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, 2010

The SUBSTATION presents the Melbourne premiere of ANDREW’s major installation THE CELL.

Decorated in Wiradjuri patterns and inviting audience participation, THE CELL is a jumping castle of sorts, that blurs the lines between sanctuary and detention.

 Saturday 3 June, 2pm

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Congratulations Brook Andrew

Selected by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka

16 March – 11 June 2018

The exhibition will include around 70 artists in total, each presenting ambitious new commissions or recent work for the 45th anniversary of the Biennale.

The exhibition will also revisit the Biennale’s rich history through a close examination of its Archive, drawing on 45 years of art and encounters.

The 21st Biennale of Sydney will be presented over twelve weeks from Friday, 16 March until Monday, 11 June 2018 (Preview 13-15 March).

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Versus Rodin: bodies across space and time


Curated by Leigh Robb

4th March – 2 July 2017

Auguste Rodin was an artist who redefined the idea of the body in sculpture. Marking 100 years since his death in 1917, Rodin’s legacy is the wellspring of this major exhibition.

Through a series of duets and duels, Rodin’s work is brought into conversation with over 100 modern and contemporary works of art by Louise Bourgeois, Antony Gormley, William Kentridge, Bharti Kher, Rosemary Laing, Ugo Rondinone and Kara Walker among others.

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Louise Hearman

311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road,

Curated by Anna Davis.

18 February – 14 May 2017

This exhibition is the first major museum survey of Australian painter Louise Hearman, featuring painting and drawings from across her 25-year practice.

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Brook Andrew: The Right to Offend is Sacred

Federation Square
Level 3, Temporary Exhibitions
3 March – 4 June 2017

Brook Andrew: The Right to Offend is Sacred includes many of Andrew’s most memorable works, contextualised in exciting new ways, juxtaposed with formative works that have had very limited exposure. As a map that scopes, records and pinpoints great moments in Andrew’s career, this solo exhibition will also include a new sculptural work, enabling viewers to intuit future directions in the artist’s ever changing practice.

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Bill Henson

Part of the NGV Festival of Photography

Level 2, 19th – 20th Century Ar & Design
10 March – 27 August 2017

Bill Henson presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompassing themes including portraits, nudes, lush museum interiors and transcendent landscapes.

The images in this exhibition are drawn from a body of works created between 2008 and 2011 and continue Henson’s sensitive, sophisticated study of the human condition, which he has realised over his forty year career.

Donated through the Australian Governments Cultural Gifts Program by William Donald Bowness, 2016

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Shut Up and Paint

Level 3, Contemporary Art & Design
17 September 2016 –  12 February 2017

Shut Up and Paint is an exhibition that celebrates and examines contemporary painting in the NGV Collection, coinciding with the major NGV exhibition David Hockney.Shut Up and Paint includes work by artists such as Vernon Ah Kee (AUS), Ai Weiwei (CHN), Asgar/Gabriel (AUT), Lynda Benglis (USA), Matti Braun (DEU), John Citizen (AUS), Tony Clark (AUS), Angela de la Cruz (ESP), Juan Davila (AUS), Lucio Fontana (ITA/ARG), Apostolos Georgiou (GRC), David Hockney (UK), Maison Margiela (FRA), Joan Mitchell (USA), Elizabeth Newman (AUS), Ohno Satoshi (JPN), Mika Rottenberg (ARG), Borna Sammak (USA), Jenny Watson (AUS) and more.

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An Elegy To Apertures

Gallery 3
27 January – 12 March 2017

Curated by Isobel Parker Phillips.

Andrew Beck, Danica Chappell, Douglas Lance Gibson, Deb Mansfield, Sara Oscar, Luke Parker, Kenzee Patterson, Katherine Rooke, Nick Strike and Amanda Williams.
The camera receives and frames the world through the lens. This aperture is a threshold that demarcates the distinction between the scene and its photographic echo. It is both an entrance and a point of departure.

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5 November 2016 – 17 April 2017

On the Origin of Art

Museum of Old and New Art, 655 Main Road Berriedale, Hobart

Guest curators: Stephen Pinker, Geoffrey Miller, Brian Boyd, Mark Changizi

Artists include Bill Henson, Brett Whitely, Bridget Riley, Cindy Sherman, Fiona Pardington, Francois Boucher, Francois Morellet, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jeff Koons, John Glover, Kathleen Petyarr, Kasushika Hokusai, Lola Greeno, Patricia Piccinini, Peter Booth, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi, Takashi Murakami, Vernon ah Kee, Yayoi Kusama.

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11 November 2016 – 29 January 2017 

Sappers & Shrapnel: Contemporary Art & the Art of the Trenches

Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide

This ambitious exhibition includes trench art from the collection of the Australian War Memorial including those made by Tasmanian Sapper Stanley K. Pearl alongside the compelling work of contemporary artists including Tony Albert, Olga Cironis, Nicholas Folland, Brett Graham, Fiona Hall, Richard Lewer, Alasdair McLuckie, Baden Pailthorpe, Ben Quilty, Sera Waters and Rene Wanuny Kulitja, Judy Ukampari Trigger, Erica Ikungka Shorty, Lucille Armstrong, Mary Katajuku Pan, Janet Inyika, Niningka Lewis and Freda Teamay from the Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

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Composer, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Loti Smorgon Sculpture Terrace, Sydney.

The work was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with funds donated by Ginny & Leslie Green and Sculpture Commission donors, 2016.

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Image: Caroline Rothwell in her studio, Photo: Ken Leafore


21 October – 31 December 2016

International Biennial of Cuenca

Fundación Municipal Bienal de Cuenca
Bolívar 13-89 y Estévez de Toral

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29 September – 4 December 2016

Louise Hearman

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George Street, The Rocks

Curator: Anna Davis

This exhibition is the first major museum survey of Australian painter Louise Hearman, featuring painting and drawings from across her more than 25-year practice.

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10 September – 18 December 2016

Yinchuan Biennale

For an Image, Faster Than Light

MoCA Yinchuan, China

Curated by Bose Krishnamachari

Other participating artists include: Anish Kapoor, Yoko Ono, Liam Gillick, Mary Ellen Carroll, Liu Wei, Cao Fei, Ivan Navarro, Santiago Sierra, Slavs and Tartars, Song Dong.


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The TAC has launched its latest provocative road trauma campaign featuring a fictitious creation designed to survive car crashes.

TAC has collaborated with a leading trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert and  Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini to produce ‘Graham’, an interactive lifelike sculpture demonstrating human vulnerability.

The installation is on show at the State Library of Victoria until August 8, before going on a roadshow of regional centres. Victorians can also interact with Graham online at


10 June – 21 June 2016


Argyle Galleries 1-4, Central Gallery and throughout Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Dunn Place, Hobart

Tempest is presented by TMAG in association with Detached Cultural Organisation and Dark Mofo.

Curated by Juliana Engberg

Historic works from TMAG and other state collections will be shown alongside contemporary works by international and Australian artists including Tacita Dean, Valerie Sparks, Fiona Tan, William Kentridge, Victor Alimpiev, Hernan Bas, Mariele Neudecker, Rodney Graham, Pat Brassington, Rosemary Laing,  Paul Wood, Ricky Swallow, Kit Wise and David Stephenson.

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Opens Friday 8 April 2016


Hellenic Museum, Melbourne

ONEIROI is a photographic installation by one of Australia’s leading artists, Bill Henson that will be housed permanentely at the Hellenic Museum.

The photographs that make up ONEIROI incorporate priceless treasures from our award winning Benaki collection, Gods, Myths & Mortals.

The Hellenic Museum collaborated with the Benaki Museum and artist Bill Henson to develop this unique series. The ONEIROI commission was made possible with the support of Robert Buckingham.

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Thursday 21 April 6 – 8 pm

Book Signing | Particle Mist

Particle Mist draws together works from three of Bill Henson’s earliest photographic series: Untitled 1974, Untitled 1975 with additional previously unseen photographs from an unfinished work begun in 1976. Together they form a portrait of an artist as a young man, which has now been published as a beautiful artist’s monograph by STANLEY/BARKER, with support from Tolarno Galleries.


12 December 2015 – 14 February 2016

Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland

Fantastic Worlds brings together the work of eleven contemporary Australian sculptors, who each pose new and strange possibilities for the world around us.


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Caroline Rothwell
Tygers (set of 3) 2010
Bronze automotive paint and lacquer
Photo: Christian Cappuro


2 February – 27 June 2016


CCBB Brasilia, Brazil (2 Feb 2016 – 4 April 2016)

CCBB Rio de Janeiro (19 Apr 2016 – 27 Jun 2016)

Patricia Piccinini’s first major solo exhibition in Brazil brings together sculptures, video, photography and drawing from the past 15 years of her practice. The title is a neologism in Portuguese, combining the ideas of science, conscience and consciousness alluding to Piccinini’s interest in empathy, ethics and humaness in the contemporary world.

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22 September 2015 – 4 September 2016

Weird and Wonderful

From the Olbricht Collection

Museum Folkwang, Museumsplatz 1, 45128 Essen, Germany

Thomas Olbricht shares his personal take on the large installation Helm/Helmet/Yelmo by Los Carpinteros.
Olbricht has chosen his favourite objects from his astonishingly eclectic collection, in a selection based on highly subjective decisions and personal tastes.

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22 September 2015 – 4 September 2016


New Romance: Art and the Posthuman

MMCA Seoul 22 September – 20 December 2015

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MCA Australia 30 June – 4 September 2016

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The Welcome Guest 2011
Silicone, fibreglass, human hair, clothing, taxidermied peacock, bed
Dimensions variable


30 October 2015 – August 2016


In the studio at Spacecraft, Melbourne, making new soft sculpture artworks for a new installation commission EVIDENCE at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney

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EVIDENCE accompanies Disobedient Objects from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London




25 November 2015 – 10 April 2016

Artist and Empire

Tate Britain, London

A major exhibition of art associated with the British Empire from the 16th century to the present day.

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The Island I 2008
Mixed media on linen
250 x 300 x 5 cm


7 October 2015 – 21 January 2016

About Trees 

Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

Curators: Peter Fischer and Brigitt Bürgi

With works by Carlos Amorales, Ursula Biemann und Paulo Tavares, Merijn Bolink, Louise Bourgeois, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Mark Dion, Peter Doig, Valérie Favre, Anya Gallaccio, Rodney Graham, Katie Holten, John Isaacs, Naoko Ito, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Paul Klee, Rosemary Laing, Žilvinas Landzbergas, Ndary Lo, Paul McCarthy, Ana Mendieta, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Paul Morrison, Shirin Neshat, Jill Orr, Renzo Piano, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, Julian Rosefeldt, Michael Sailstorfer, George Steinmann, Wolfgang Tillmans, Su-Mei Tse, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto.

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Image: Rosemary Laing groundspeed (Red Piazza) #4 2001 C Type photograph 110 x 219 cm


21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016

Intervening Time

Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Brook Andrew’s Intervening Time 2015 takes the form of an intervention into the Queensland Art Gallery’s Australian art collection.

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12 November 2015 – 8 May 2016


Materia prima
Experiments on digital art & science

LABoral Centro De Arte, Los Prados, Spain

Curator: Gerfried Stocker, Director Artístico de Ars Electronica

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4 October – 15 November 2015

Under Construction – Chaos and Order

SCAPE 8: New Intimacies

Public Art Christchurch Biennial

New Zealand’s premier biennial of art in public space

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20 August – 15 October 2015

effort + rush

National Art School Gallery

National Art School, Sydney

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a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #7 2009
C Type photograph
82 x 138 cm
Edition of 8



27 June – 4 October 2015

Global Imaginations: 20 Artists From All Continents

Museum De Lakenhal

Lelden, Holland

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15 August – 15 September 2015

Light Play: Ideas, Optics, Atmosphere

This exhibition considers the work of contemporary artists who employ light and related technologies, and examines their practice in relation to artistic precedents. Historically, artists invoked light’s symbolic power and, from the late-19th century, explored its fleeting optical effects.

University of Queensland Art Museum

Curator: Samantha Littley

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10 September – 11 October 2015

Another Life

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, 14th edition

International Biennial of the Contemporary Image


Guest Curator Joan Fontcuberta

University of Quebec Art Museum, Montreal

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Science Project Part 1 2001
Laboratory Procedures
Digital C type photograph


11 July – 20 September 2015


Rosemary Laing is one of the most influential artists of her generation. Transportation explores her sustained interest in the nature of place and landscape, and the relationship between technology, labour, time and speed.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

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brownwork #7 1997
C Type photograph
122 x 262 cm



6 – 23 September 2015

Stone – The Weight of History, The Mark of Time

The Cutaway, Barangaroo, Sydney

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18 April – 9 August 2015

Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts

Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

Curator: Dr Vincent Alessi
Floor Talk: Tuesday 19th June, 1 – 1.30pm

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Photo: Christian Capurro



Please note that Tolarno Galleries will be closed Saturday 25th April for ANZAC Day.

Tolarno Galleries will reopen Tuesday 28 April.


Patricia Piccinini
Voyages of discovery (Fruiting bodies) 2015
Ink and gouache on paper, framed
57 x 76 cm (paper size)
, 72.5 x 91cm (framed size)


30 April – 27 June 2015

The Australian Print Workshop

New etchings and monotypes.

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Tim Maguire
Flame Tulip, 2015
Polymer intaglio


31  March – 5 July 2015

The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne

Curated by Helen Carroll.

Luminous World brings together a selection of contemporary paintings, objects and photographs from the Wesfarmers Collection in a conversation about light.


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Rosemary Laing
brumby mound #5 2003
C Type photograph
110 x 222 cm


3  October – 15 November 2015

Scape 8: New Intimacies

Public Art Christchurch Biennial

New Zealand’s premier biennial of art in public space.

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14 March – 12 July

Making it real

UQ Art Museum

A major career survey reflecting on the past decade of Peter Hennessey’s practice.

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21 February – 21 May


Heide Museum of Modern Art

Works from two photographic series are presented in this exhibition, in association with CLIMARTE, a Melbourne-wide festival seeking to harness the creative power of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.

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The Expedition. The Expression. The Exhibition.

Cambridge University

Caroline Rothwell and Brook Andrew have been selected by the Australian Print Workshop as two of three leading contemporary Australian artists to undertake a research residency at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

Residency commences March 2015




Tolarno Galleries is pleased to announce it represents

Riley Payne. His first exhibition will be presented in 2015


The gallery is closed during the month of January 2015.
We are happy to announce the opening exhibition of our 2015 season is BRENT HARRIS: Dreamer


20 August 2014

Informal Cutting Off

The Australian Tapestry Workshop

Catching Breath is the latest addition to the Australian Tapestry Workshop’s Embassy Tapestry Collection and will be displayed at the Australian High Commisioner’s Residence in Singapore. There will be an informal cutting off of the veil of Catching Breath from the loom.

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Like Us

Newcastle Art Gallery

29 November 2014 – 22 February 2015

The artist who decided an epic hot air balloon whale with ten boobs was the best way to celebrate Canberra’s centenary presents a new solo exhibition of early and recent works. Patricia Piccinini blends natural and artificial features to fashion creatures that are playfully imaginary but look disconcertingly real. Whether you find them uncanny, emotional, funny, or freaky, it’s hard to look away.

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12 December 2014 – 1 March 2015

Bendigo Art Gallery

This exhibition will bring together all the works exhibited in London as well as Kuta Rorschach No. 2, a major work recently acquired by Bendigo Art Gallery.

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29 October 2014 – 9 February 2015

Really Useful Knowledge

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Curated by WHW (What, How and for Whom)

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Tolarno Galleries is pleased to announce it represents

Dan Moynihan. His first exhibition will be presented in 2014




21 March 2014 – 9 June 2014

19th Biennale of Sydney

Sydney, Australia


22 November 2014 – 23 March 2014

Melbourne Now

NGV, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne.

Including works by Brook Andrew, Benjamin Armstrong, Peter Atkins, Brent Harris, Brendan Huntley, Anastasia Klose, Christopher Langton, Patricia Piccinini and David Wadelton.


Until 22 April 2014

Trophées oubliés

Vivid Memories. An Aboriginal Art History

Museum of Aquitane, Bordeaux, France, Australia

A site-specific installation by Australian artist Brook Andrew

Visit Museum of Aquitane here


4 December 2013 – 9 February 2014

IKON Gallery, Birmingham,UK

An exhibition of recent and new paintings by Tim Johnson, an Australian artist primarily concerned with the communication of unseen phenomena and visionary in his apprehension of spiritual dimensions through artistic practice. His style of painting is eclectic in the extreme, owing much to Australian aboriginal traditions of the Central Desert – developed to convey narratives in landscape that are invisible to the uninitiated – and populated by the Buddha, Bodhisattvas and Native Americans as well as aboriginal figures, Tibetan monks, Vietnamese farmers and extra- terrestrials.

Visit IKON here


12 September – 17 November 2013

Primavera 2013: Young Australian Artists

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

Primavera 2013 is curated by Robert Cook, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The exhibition features new works by eight young Australian artists, and includes new sculptures and paintings by Brendan Huntley.

Read the Media release here

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia


20 – 23 June  2013

The Skywhale / DARK MOFO

DARK MOFO, Tasmania, Australia

Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhale is hovering its way to Hobart, where it will stay for the duration of Dark Mofo.

View Dark Mofo website here


25 May – 22 September 2013

cloud landscapes

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Showcasing recent works alongside the Paris Opera Project 1990/91 and the ‘Mahler’ series from 1976, the exhibition highlights Henson’s sustained interest in depicting landscapes as well as figures, while drawing out the importance of music.

Visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales website here


21 February – 13 April 2013

After Afghanistan

National Art School, Sydney

In 2011 Ben Quilty travelled to Afghanistan as the Australian War Memorial’s official war artist. This exhibition features new work made from this experience and the close relationship he formed with his subjects. After Afghanistan is premiering at the National Art School Sydney until 13 April 2013, then touring nationally to 8 venues over 2 years.

More information about the national tour here


1 – 5 August 2012

TOLARNO GALLERIES at Melbourne Art Fair

Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Tolarno Galleries will present four new works by Tim Maguire.

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29 July to 17 September 2012

5th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennali 2012

Australia House, Echigo-Tsumari, Japan

Brook Andrew
mountain home – dhirrayn ngurang 2012
Neon, glass, mirror and wood, dimensions variable
Permanent installation at Australia House, Urada, Japan
Commissioned for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennali 2012

Read a review of architect Andrew Burn’s new Australia House and Brook Andrew’s installation mountain home – dhirrayn ngurang here






26 May –  22 July 2012


The Gippsland Art Gallery
Sale, Victoria

Horizon, curated by Simon Gregg, draws together new and recent works by prominent Melbourne artist Andrew Browne, representing a twelve-year survey of his practice.  The exhibition is a response to Browne’s major work Horizon in the Gippsland Art Gallery collection, and explores his recurring themes of travel, transition, and the natural and built environments.

View online catalogue here




10 March – 12 August 2012

National Gallery of Victoria
NGV International
Robert Raynor Gallery – Level 3

Encompassing more than 70 works drawn predominantly from the NGV Collection, this exhibition examines the development of Brent Harris’s unique vision over a career of more than twenty years,  exploring the ways that he has continually transformed his approach to image-making from his earliest prints and drawings to his most recent paintings.

Read more about the exhibition here


24 February – 28 May 2012

Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination  is an exhibition of photographs, paintings, videos, sculptures and installations by contemporary artists who invent humanlike, animal or hybrid creatures to symbolize life’s mysteries, desires and fears.

Patricia Piccinini’s The Long Awaited (pictured right) is included, alongside works by David Altmejd, Suzanne Anker, Aziz + Cucher, the Chapman Brothers, Marcel Dzama, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Motohiko Odani, Tom Sachs, Allison Schulnik, Kiki Smith, Cindy Sherman and Yinka Shonibare.



26 February – 24 April 2011
Your Move: Australian artists play chess

UQ Art Museum
The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane
A Bendigo Art Gallery Travelling Exhibition

Inspired by the international exhibition The Art of Chess, Bendigo Art Gallery commissioned thirteen of Australia’s leading artists to respond to the notion of the game of chess.

Your Move: Australian Artists Play Chess curated by Tracey Cooper-Lavery and Tansy Curtin, includes Benjamin Armstrong’s A turn of concentration 2010 and Caroline Rothwell’s Chess 2010 along with work from eleven of Australia’s leading contemporary artists.


Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2011


Tim Johnson is the winner of the $50,000 Arthur Guy Paintung Prize. Selected from a shortlist of 37 artists, Johnson’s winning work, Community Base depicts western desert artists living, creating artworks and being in community.

Tim Johnson describes the painting as showing ‘Western Desert artists such as Clifford Possum and Charlie Tarawa at camp sites with their paintings at Papunya and Kintore. The painting is an acknowledgement of them and their place in art. It puts forward a model of what art can be; a community based model where art is created about a community, by the people who live there. It is presenting ideas and imagery that come from real events and artists who became important in Australian art yet lived in remote communities. Because of my background in conceptual art I am influenced by what these artists have done, and have tried to take on board some of their ideas. I believe they show a way of reaching out beyond your own environment.’


18 December 2010 – 26 April 2011

21st Century: Art in the First Decade


Queensland Art Gallery

Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane


Over summer 2010-11 the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery presents 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, an ambitious and ground-breaking exhibition that will occupy the entire Gallery of Modern Art and focus exclusively on works created between 2000 and 2010. Showcasing more than 200 works, and featuring over 140 artists and artist collaborative groups – senior, mid-career and emerging – from more than 40 countries, included a new work commissioned by GOMA by Brook Andrew,  Bill Henson and Anastasia Klose’s Film for My Nanna .