In This Issue

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the many Aboriginal nations across this land, traditional custodians, Elders past and present; in particular the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of the land on which we work.

December 2021| January 2022

Letter from the Editor

Summer. A time of warmth, freedom, exploration and, most importantly, creativity. Our current issue is the perfect guide to what’s happening in the arts across the
country, from exhibitions and events to studio life and artist opportunities.

In Aida Tomescu’s ‘Unfolding Presence’, colour and medium are explored; her paintings ‘grow’ in their making, embedded with a complex and layered history. Artists Sidney Nolan and Heather B Swann offer a rich mythopoetical approach and fresh perspective of past and present, legend and history, masculine and feminine. And ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ presents more than 150 artists’ current and future-oriented visions of this vibrant region, including our cover artist, Than Sok, who recontextualises water forms and uses traditional flower motifs; the lotus, symbolising beauty, self-regeneration and rebirth, is a fitting symbol for the new year.

– Melissa Peša

Contents:

Previews:
The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art – Dr Joseph Brennan
Aida Tomescu, Unfolding Presence – Victoria Hynes
Sidney Nolan: Myth Rider / Heather B Swann: Leda and the Swan – Jeremy Eccles

In the Studio:
Jody Graham

Behind the Scenes:
Fiona Sweet, Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Book Reviews:
Jonathan Jones, works on paper 2010-19 – Kirsty Francis

Art News

Select exhibition previews

What’s On Near Me – National
Art & Industry – Opportunities

Cover: Than Sok, Cambodia b.1984, Kbach Teuk (Lotus Flower Form) (detail), 2021, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 150 × 110cm. Purchased 2021 with funds from The Spellbrook Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Courtesy the artist and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane