A&A ‘Archant’ console | from the upcoming ‘Exquisite Corpse’ exhibition 12 – 28 March 2020

Ben Quilty ‘150 Years’ | 8–29 February 2020

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Ben Quilty lunchtime talk

Tolarno Galleries will host a special lunchtime talk by Ben Quilty entitled The Ferals from 12.30pm-1.30pm Wednesday 19 February 2020.

Quilty will discuss his latest body of work, 150 Years, with particular focus on the major new multi-panel work 150 Year, Rorschach.

Ben Quilty 150 Years exhibition is on view at Tolarno Galleries until 29 February 2020.

Please RSVP to mail@tolarnogalleries.com to register your attendance.


Tolarno Galleries presents A&A at Melbourne Design Week 2020

 

Tolarno Galleries is pleased to announce participation in Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, 12 – 22 March 2020.

A&A is the collaboration of two practitioners from completely different disciplines and cultures: Australian industrial designer Adam Goodrum (Rigg Design Prize winner 2015) and straw marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur, a French émigré and one of an estimated 25 practitioners globally who maintain the 17th Century practice of straw marquetry.

A&A Exquisite Corpse / Cadavre Exquis is their debut solo exhibition premiering three new unique pieces: Talleo, a tallboy; Archant, a console; and Longbow, a credenza.

‘Exquisite Corpse’, the Surrealist parlour game, describes A&A’s process: Goodrum initiates the shape and pattern, and Seigneur finishes the works with hand-dyed straw in custom hues, and labour-intensive by-hand marquetry technique.

 

Exquisite Corpse / Cadavre Exquis is on view from 12–28 March 2020.


Ben Quilty – book signing and ‘150 Years’ exhibition opening

We are pleased to announce that between 1pm and 2pm, prior to the 150 Years exhibition opening on Saturday 8 February, Ben Quilty will be available for a book signing in the gallery.

Neighbourhood Books will be selling copies of the recent hardback book, Ben Quilty, celebrating two decades of his work.

Read more about the exhibition in The Age.

Through Quilty’s ominous and heterogeneous approach in 150 Years each work invites us to participate in a critical discussion. The same Quilty who explored the spiritual hollowness of contemporary masculinity in paintings of passed-out mates is present here, yet these themes are refracted through the decades since, through experience, a global and pervasive uncertainty, and a tangible level of disillusionment. In an age of authoritarian revival, Quilty’s decades-long interrogation of masculinity is gaining momentum. – Milena Stojanovska

Ben Quilty 150 Years is on view 8 – 29 February 2020.