Bringing Meaning Landscape paintings by Zhou Xiaoping @ Chinese Museum Melbourne

25 Aug 21 Feb 2018

Occasionally you bump into something awesomely interesting in surprising places. I like to visit the Chinese Museum when in Melbourne. On a recent visit I encountered the work of Zhou Xiaoping there and was wowed by the inspiring story of a Chinese artist working with Australian Indigenous artists in the western deserts. The artists influenced each other and the resulting works were new and inspiring. There was a video that tracked the development of the relationship through to an exhibition in the major national gallery in Beijing. The web page is below.

http://chinesemuseum.com.au/bringing-meaning-zhouxiaoping/

Angela Brennan – Forms of Life @ Ian Potter Museum of Art

5 Sept 25 Feb 2018

Angela Brennan has mounted an exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art that plays with ancient artifacts discovered by Melbourne University Archaeological expeditions. The pottery is colourful and varied and is inspired by a set of pots that are also displayed in the gallery. She has added some dresses inspired by the same ancient cultures. The gallery web page is below.

http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/exhibitions/exhib-date/2017-09-05/exhib/angela-brennan-forms-of-life

 

Premier and the Pen @ State Library of Victoria

I love little targeted exhibitions. On a visit to the State Library of Victoria recently I walked through their large exhibition on books in history and encountered a small exhibition about the relationship between a Premier and the political cartoonists. It was a delightful collection of cartoons of a series of Victorian Premiers with fascinating textual stories about the relationships and contexts of the cartoons and the Premiers. It gave an insight into a past era but pointed to an important ongoing part of our modern society.

A link to a talk that was held that includes one of the cartoons.

https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/premier-pen-pop-talk

Watford at Werribbee @ Wyndam Art Gallery

5-29 October 2017

An exhibition of local historical artifacts is always an important feature of the program of a local art gallery. The artist, Lyndal Jones is exhibiting an evolving set of artifacts drawn from a derelict building in Avoca in central Victoria to create a sense of history and local remembrance. The exhibition or installation is part of an international project. There is more information on the gallery website.

https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/whats-on/watford-werribee

Ann Zahalka – Landscape revisited @ Murray Art Museum Albury

26 May – 5 Nov 2017

Ann Zahalka gives you a new take on iconic Australian paintings. She takes familiar landscape paintings and inserts new people to give them a cheekily different take on their place in our history. Each of these artworks have a funny side to them. One which originally had an English pioneer couple preparing to build their first house among tall gum trees now features a set of post World War Two Italian migrants sitting in the same scene.

The gallery page is below.

http://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/the-landscape-revisited-anne-zahalka

Windmill Trust Exhibition 20th Anniversary @ Murray Art Museum Albury

14 Sept – 22 Oct 2017

There is a great varied exhibition at Murray Art Museum Albury. The exhibition brings together a variety of work including sculpture, print, oil and watercolour paintings, video performance and photography. It is the 20th Anniversary Windmill Trust Exhibition.

The artists featured in the exhibition include: Camille Kersley, Christine McMillan, Stephanie Jones, Sarra Robertson, Tom Doherty, Jonathan Throsby, Sandra McMahon, Samantha Small, Rachel Ellis, Andy Townsend, Craig Cameron, Tracy Luff, Jane Lander, Nicole Welch, Bradley Hammond, Sally Williams, James Blackwell, Rochelle Summerfield, Harrie Fasher, Duke Albada.

I particularly loved a set of works created out of Echidna quills

Gallery link below

http://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/20th-Anniversary-Windmill-Trust-Exhibition

 

Nguram Gang – Home district @ Murray Art Museum Albury

14 Sept – 15 Oct 2017

I love it when galleries highlight either or both student art and local artistry. The Nguram Gang exhibition at Murray Art Museum Albury is an excellent case of this combination. The gallery is host to an art project from the Finlay Primary School in which the students created objects reflecting many traditional indigenous arts. The thing I liked most was the table full of bark huts. The students had created a set of houses from pieces of tree bark that were scale models of tent like dwellings. The artistry and simplicity was great.

The gallery link is below

http://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/nguram-gang-home-district