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
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
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.
Opening on Saturday 25 August is Danie Mellor’s landmark new series The Landspace: [all the debils are here].
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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
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.
Image: courtesy Judy Watson and UAP Media
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.
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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
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.
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.
Image: Courtesy Andrew Stephens and Imprint Magazine