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.
‘Art has power because it allows for abstract interpretations and understanding of complex issues’, says Ngaio Fitzpatrick in conversation about how art is a witness to climate change. This is true for many artists in this month’s edition, from Sally Smart who addresses violence against women, Ben Quilty’s interrogation of what it means to be human and the challenge to nationalism in ‘Just Not Australian’. Gemma Smith and Ry David Bradley take art itself as their subject exploring process, material and form.
Gaia Hypothesis – Chloe Mandryk
Just Not Australian – Talia Smith
Sally Smart, The Violet Ballet – Sophia Cai
Ry David Bradley, MMXIX – Kathleen Linn
Gemma Smith, Rhythm Sequence – Melissa Pesa
Ben Quilty, Quilty – Steve Dow
Cover: Simon Maberley, Clean Coal (detail), 2017, blown and sculpted glass, coal, water and stainless steel, 60 x 15 x 20cm. On loan from Gary Rake. Courtesy the artist and Belconnen Arts Centre, Australian Capital Territory