Day: 2 September 2023

Angelina Pwerle in Oceania: The Shape of Time

Angelina Pwerle features in the publication Oceania: The Shape of Time published to coincide with the touring exhibition The Shape of Time: Art and Ancestors of Oceania from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Oceania: The Shape of Time is available for purchase here.

Yvonne Kendall: Transmutations

Yvonne Kendall‘s current exhibition at Puul in Vienna features recent work. The artist notes that “Transforming myself into a lioness, a cat, a rabbit, a reindeer, an eagle or a bear. Calling on the attributes of each animal to give me strength, balance, calm, wisdom or endurance.

This is my personal alchemy- transforming myself into a warrior, an acrobat, a joyous creature connected to nature. The figures are part human, part animal, made out of old curtain materials, combined with domestic objects, old wooden tools, wooden furniture, chessboards and toys.”

Yvonne Kendall: Transmutations
Puuul, Vienna, Austria
until Tuesday, 29 September 2023

Helen Maudsley in Thin Skin at MUMA

Thin Skin, curated by Jennifer Higgie, closes this month. The exhibition at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), includes work by more than thirty artists from Australia and overseas who explore the liminal space between figuration and abstraction. Helen Maudsley‘s work features in this must-see exhibition. Tai Snatih discussed the exhibition, as well as Helen Maudsley’s exhibition at Niagara Galleries last month on RRR. Listen here.

Thin Skin
Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield, Melbourne
until Saturday, 23 September 2023

Stephen Benwell: _islands of desire_ at Kustforum Solothurn

Stephen Benwell‘s work appears in the current exhibition _islands of desire_ at Kustforum Solothurn, Switzerland. Curated by Hanspeter Dahler, the exhibition features artists from across the globe including Christyl Boger (usa), Kirsten Brünjes (d), Adam Chau (usa), Gundi Dietz (a), Marja Hooft, (nl), Audrius Janušonis (lt), Kathy King (usa), Esther Shimazu (usa), Caro Suerkemper (d), Akio Takamori (usa) and Lena Takamori (uk).

_islands of desire_
Kunstforum Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland
until Saturday, 23 September 2023

Savanhdary Vongpoothorn: AFLAME at Campbelltown Arts Centre

Savanhdary Vongpoothorn: Aflame, currently showing at Campbelltown Arts Centre features new work created by Vongpoothorn completed over a two-year period. The body of work draws inspiration from the Ādittapariyāya Sutta (Pali, “Fire Sermon Discourse”) in Theravada Buddhism – a discourse from the Pali Canon popularly known as the Fire Sermon. The exhibition includes a major kinetic sculptural installation, new works on canvas and photogravure etchings. This project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project has also been supported by ArtsACT. A preview of the exhibition, written by Nikita Holcombe appears in the latest issue of Artist Profile. Purchase your copy here.

Savanhdary Vongpoothorn: Aflame
Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
until Sunday, 15 October 2023


Steven Rendall‘s work appears in three current exhibitions and an upcoming exhibition in Melbourne. Beneath the Surface, Behind the Scenes at Heide Museum of Modern Art brings a selection of significant works by contemporary Latin American and Australian artists together and explores the ways that art can take our imaginations beyond the limitations of the known world. The exhibition includes work by Alexander Apóstol (Venezuela), Tatiana Blass (Brazil), Lauren Brincat (Australia), Christian Capurro (Australia), Elena Damiani (Peru), Marlon de Azambuja (Brazil), Matías Duville (Argentina), Gloria Sebastián Fierro (Colombia), Ximena Garrido-Lecca (Peru), Arturo Hernández Alcázar (Mexico) Nadia Hernández (Venezuela/Australia), André Komatsu (Brazil), Liliana Porter (Argentina), Marilá Dardot, (Brazil), Nicholas Mangan (Australia), Jorge Magyaroff (Colombia), Hayley Millar-Baker, Gunditjmara/Djabwurrung (Australia) Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza (Ecuador/France), Berna Reale (Brazil) and Steven Rendall (Australia).

In Clarity & Mud at Blindside artists Michael Graeve and Steven Rendall have used items extracted from a list of sub proposals to structure the exhibition – akin to an employee’s performance plan. This involves a complex combination of play and seriousness in relation to status, institution and practice.

Another collaboration between Michael Graeve and Steven Rendall entitled Mud & Clarity is now on at Five Walls, Footscray, until 16 September.

The upcoming exhibition Steven Rendall: data for future paintings, curated by Melissa Keys and Laura Lantieri features a new series of work by Rendall, prompted by, and exhibited alongside selected studies and photographs by Albert Tucker. The exhibition opens later this month in Albert & Barbara Tucker Gallery at Heide Museum of Art and runs until March 2024.

Clarity & Mud: SRMG (Steven Rendall, Michael Graeve)
Blindside, Melbourne
until Saturday, 9 September 2023

Michael Graeve & Steven Rendall: Mud & Clarity
Five Walls, Footscray, Melbourne
until Saturday, 16 September 2023

Beneath the Surface, Behind the Scenes
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, Melbourne
until 22 October 2023

Steven Rendall: data for future paintings
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, Melbourne
16 September 2023 – 17 March 2024


Congratulations Brenda L. Croft, winner of the Telstra Work on Paper Award at the 2023 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art award (NATSIAA). The Telstra NATSIAA is Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art award. The Award showcases the very best contemporary art from around the country, from emerging and established artists.

The 2023 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards exhibition features Croft’s work (above), at Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory until February 2024. Read more about the finalists in The Guardian here and The Sydney Morning Herald here. View the virtual exhibition here.

In addition, Brenda L. Croft’s portrait, taken with the assistance of Prue Hazelgrove, blood/memory: Brenda & Christopher (Gurindji/Malngnin/Mudburra; Mara/ Nandi/Njarrindjerri/Ritharrngu), which has been shortlisted for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023 is showing as part of the finalists’ exhibition at National Portrait Gallery, Canberra until 1 October. Read more about the portrait here.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
until Saturday, 1 October 2023

Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards
Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin
until Sunday, 18 February 2024

Paul Boston: Stone Clouds at Heide Museum of Modern Art

The survey exhibition Paul Boston: Stone Clouds, featuring work from the 1980s to today will open at Heide Museum of Modern Art next week.

“Boston’s quiet, thoughtful paintings and drawings investigate space, light and materiality rather than representing figures or objects in the world, and over time his visual language has slowly transitioned from a type of hieroglyphic vocabulary, through a minimal or reductive phase, to the more complex and layered illusionistic forms of recent times. Throughout he has adhered to a sophisticated, subdued palette and a resolution that his images operate beyond logical thought and intended meaning.” courtesy of Heide Museum of Modern Art. Paul Boston: Stone Clouds is curated by Lesley Harding.

Paul Boston: Stone Clouds
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, Melbourne
9 September 2023 – 10 February 2024

Paul Boston will be exhibiting new work with Niagara Galleries in November/December 2023

Artist Spotlight: Rubaba Haider

Congratulations Angela Brennan, finalist in the Archibald Prize 2023. Her portrait of Erik Jensen is currently showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of the finalists’ exhibition. Read more about Angela Brennan’s portrait here.The Archibald Prize finalist exhibition will tour nationally later this year, into 2024.

Angela Brennan is also a finalist in The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, an annual acquisitive prize that was launched in 2017 to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established women artists in Australia. This is the highest value professional artist prize for women in Australia. An exhibition of the finalists’ work ends this Sunday, 28 May 2023.

Angela Brennan is featured in Australian Abstract, by arts writer and curator Amber Creswell Bell, published by Thames and Hudson. This new book provides a expansive survey of contemporary Australian abstract painting. Australian Abstract is available at all good booksellers and directly via Thames & Hudson here.

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
until 3 September 2023

2023 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Ravenswood School for Girls, Gordon, Sydney
until 28 May 2023

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