In This Issue

We acknowledge and pay our respect to the many Aboriginal nations across this land, traditional custodians, Elders past and present; in particular the Guringai people of the Eora Nation where Art Almanac has been produced.

May 2019

The contemporary Australian artists in this issue address dystopia. Our cover artist Madeleine Pfull’s paintings promote choice whereas Darren Sylvester’s survey at the National Gallery of Victoria considers the problem of aspirations that are impossible to gratify. Dan McDonnell’s work interrogates the way we interact with screens. ‘The National 2019: New Australian Art’ and ‘National Anthem’ assess the impact of who is in the driver’s seat when it comes to national identity and personal and cultural myths – and offer voices we all benefit to hear from.

NewsBooks – Art Almanac team


The National – Lucy Stranger
Darren Sylvester, Carve A Future, Devour Everything, Become Something – Melissa Pesa
Madeleine Pfull – Emma-Kate Wilson
Dan McDonnell, Data Streams – Barnaby Smith
National Anthem – John Buckley

Cover: Madeleine Pfull, Sao Lady 1, 2019, oil on linen, 101 x 116cm. Courtesy the artist and Chalk Horse, Sydney