Caroline Rook

Archibald Prize People’s Choice winner Julia Ciccarone

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Julia Ciccarone has been awarded the 2021 ANZ People’s Choice award for her incredible self-portrait The sea within.⁠

The Art Gallery of New South Wales made the announcement this morning and artist Julia Ciccarone is honoured and so grateful that people have been able to engage with her work during a difficult year. ⁠

In her artwork statement, Julia Ciccarone said “I painted this picture last year when Melbourne was in lockdown due to COVID19. The bushfires ravaged the state. Life was definitely intense and at times overwhelming and uncertain. We are all experiencing radical changes affecting both culture and nature. It is a time of great uncertainty. We share in a collective trauma. But the ocean – which features large in my life in my life and art – is my healing place.”⁠

Although we have been unable to view the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales we hope that restrictions will ease in time to see the exhibition of finalists work at Gippsland Gallery in October. 

Helen Maudsley: Agency Untitled

Discussing a woman the artist frequently saw on her commute in the 1940s, Helen Maudsley notes “I did a sketch at home, just from memory, and it looked the dead spit of her, but it didn’t. So, I had the drawing, and the more sketches I did, still looking like her, never looked like her, so I decided that I’d rearrange it slightly. So, I had the idea in my mind, and I did this, and I did that, and I pulled this and I took that out, and I did this and I did that, and I did this and I did that, and this and that and the other. And suddenly, there it is – it’s right! And I was very excited about it. But it didn’t look like any drawing I’d ever seen…”

The quote above is taken from an interview with Helen Maudsley by Kelly Gellatly for her publishing platform Agency Untitled. Read the interview in full here. 

Choose Happiness: Angela Brennan at Murray Art Museum Albury

Paintings by Angela Brennan are included in an exciting upcoming exhibition at Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA). The exhibition, which explores the elusive subject of happiness includes work by Gwenneth Blitner, Angela Brennan, Jemi Gale, Matthew Harris, Natasha Matila-Smith, Angelica Mesiti, Deme Te Atawhai Scott, Noriko Nakamura, Grant Stevens, Salome Tanuvasa and Yvonne Todd.

Choose Happiness
Murray Art Museum Albury, NSW
Friday, 16 July – Sunday, 7 November 2021

Know My Name: The Book

We are very excited that Part Two of Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now has now opened at The National Gallery of Australia. We are delighted that works by both Angelina Pwerle and Pat Larter are included in this important exhibition.

The accompanying catalogue for the continuing gender equality initiative (pictured) features Pwerle and Larter, as well as Brenda L. Croft, Fiona Foley, Helen Maudsley & Savanhdary Vongpoothorn. More information about this impressive publication can be found here.

Brenda L. Croft: Longing for home

Brenda L. Croft‘s 2015 series Jinparrak is included in the exhibition Longing for Home at the Art Gallery of NSW, until 22 August. The exhibition includes work by six Aboriginal artists who explore the ideas of history, place and the incomprehensible connection we have to the land where we come from or belong to.⁠⁠
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About the series: Jinparrak is the Gurindji name for Old Wave Hill Station, from where the Gurindji and associated peoples, including Malngin, Mudpurra, Ngarinman, Bilinara and Warlpiri peoples, walked off the station on 23 August 1966 in protest at working and living conditions which saw them ‘treated like dogs’.⁠⁠
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Represented in the series are objects collected by the artist Brenda L. Croft during her practice-led research in the region. The objects include: rusted old horseshoes, strands of fencing wire with their ‘Cobb & Co’ twists, and the solitary drinking mug constructed from a discarded food tin and twisted wire, hand-rendered by an unknown stockman. ⁠⁠

Longing for Home
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
until Sunday, 22 August 2021

Guggenheim Fellowship: Michelle Grabner

Congratulations Michelle Grabner on being awarded a 2021 Fine Arts Guggenheim Fellowship. The prestigious fellowships are awarded through a rigorous selection process to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional ability in the creative arts. ⁠Read more about Guggenheim Fellowships here.
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Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1962, Grabner completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1984, a Master of Arts at the University of Wisconsin in 1987, and a Master of Fine Arts at the Northwestern University, Illinois, in 1990. An Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Assistant Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in addition to her art practice, Grabner is also an active curator, having curated the 2016 Portland Biennial and co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial. She continues to run The Suburban and The Poor Farm art centres and lives and works in Chicago.

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