‘Who’s Afraid of Colour?’ presents over 200 contemporary artworks – from traditional woven objects and bark paintings to contemporary acrylic canvases and modern photographic and digital pieces by 118 artists in an unprecedented survey of Indigenous Australian women’s art from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) collection.
It is a rarity for an artist of colour in Australia to be invited to show a 15-year retrospective. This is something of a coup by TextaQueen for her upcoming survey exhibition ‘Between You and Me’ at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.
At 81, Elizabeth Cummings quietly quashes the perception that an artist’s work weakens with age. She’s at the peak of her career yet is entirely unfazed by this swelling esteem. The artist simply loves – and has always loved – to paint.
Lisa Sammut’s panoramic dioramas explore this irresistible tendency to poetic allusion: a tiny catalogue of the sublime. Working primarily in wood, her installations draw upon the imagery of astronomical diagrams and the history of celestial mapping.
Ian Strange’s interventions on domestic suburban houses traverse our memories. In his latest exhibition ‘Shadow’ the treatment of dwellings becomes an interlocutor of our most personal experience – ‘home’.
‘Plain Speak’ is the first in a series of annual exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Western Australia paired with the Perth International Art Festival that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories – big and small.
Since 2008 the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Canberra, has pushed the boundary of contemporary portraiture with shows such as ‘doppelgänger’, 2009, and ‘Behind your eyes, between your ears’, just last year.
The idea and physical properties of transformation, which we see in his choice of alchemic media such as pigmented varnishes that are poured, melted, and folded to create abstract images, is a mainstay in Frank’s approach to painting.