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Annette Bezor

Artist Profile | 30 May 2016 | Hill Smith Gallery

Annette Bezor has been painting since the 1980s and during this time she has produced large-scale works that showcase the faces of many women. Some of her subjects are recognisably famous and they can be seen depicted in moments of heightened beauty and momentary elevation. The transfixing pose of each subject finds its way through the overlays of erosion, rainbow colour blocks and circular gold leaf impressions.
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China: Grain to Pixel

Art Almanac | 30 May 2016 | Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)

The grainy black and white textures of traditional photographs are fast becoming distant memories as they are replaced by the continuous flow of digital pixel imagery. The exhibition, ‘China: Grain to Pixel’ follows the evolution of photography in China over the past 150 years.
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Australian Exotica, Monash Gallery of Art, Australia

Aesthetica Magazine | 4 May 2016 | Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)

Monash Gallery of Art’s (MGA) latest exhibition Australian exotica showcases the works of some of Australia’s most celebrated artists. Sourced directly from the gallery’s collection, the photographs relate to the theme of exotic antipodes. This year MGA decided to select pieces that highlight a particular relationship with Australia and Australian identity.
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G.W. Bot: Riverbend Glyphs

Art Almanac | 26 April 2016 | Australian Galleries

The hardships endured by the landscape are often left recorded in various formations that await discovery. G.W. Bot is a printmaker, painter, sculptor and graphic artist who has created through her work a personal language in the form of glyphs. Her drawings, relief prints, metal sculptures and ceramics take inspiration from the wavy lines that crawl up bark to the twigs that lay broken and discarded.
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Louise Zhang: The Paradoxical Grotesque

Aesthetica Magazine | 4 April 2016 | Artereal Gallery

Louise Zhang is a Sydney based artist who creates sculptures and paintings that are representative of the grotesque. Her objects are layered with beauty and are capable of producing feelings of attraction and repulsion simultaneously. Her upcoming show Monstrous Masses at Artereal Gallery will display the artist’s shiny, slimy and playfully colourful works.
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Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time

Art Almanac | 29 March 2016 | National Gallery of Australia

One of Australia’s most significant artists, Fiona Hall’s practice spans more than three decades. Hall was commissioned to be the first artist to represent Australia in the 56th Venice Biennale. Hall’s exhibition ‘Wrong Way Time’, curated by Linda Michael, was presented in the new Australian Pavilion building and has been seen by over 250,000 people so far.
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Heavy Artillery

Art Almanac | 29 March 2016 | White Rabbit Gallery

With a new exhibition opening every six months, White Rabbit Gallery undergoes dramatic transformations in preparation for the next show. The latest instalment, ‘Heavy Artillery’, saw areas of the space dismantled, new ones assembled and floors reinforced to cater for what was to come.
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2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

Artist Profile | 25 February 2016 | Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

Early 2016 sees two major art events fill some of Australia’s most recognisable venues and locations with an ambitious selection of mixed media works. The 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and the 20th Biennale of Sydney will run during the same period to present projects created by contemporary artists that define their practices.
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Stephanie Rosenthal on the 20th Biennale Sydney

Artist Profile | 25 February 2016 | 20th Biennale Sydney

With a 40-year history, the 20th Biennale of Sydney was the first of its kind to be established in the Asia-Pacific region. It remains one of the longest running periodic exhibitions in the world, having presented the work of nearly 1700 artists from over 100 countries. The Biennale is an international platform that brings with it works for all to appreciate throughout the city.
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Martin Parr: Life’s a Beach

Art Almanac | 28 January 2016 | Bondi Pavilion Gallery

The beach, loved and enjoyed by many, is a place where people seek fun, relaxation, fitness, company, and quiet moments. British photographer Martin Parr takes viewers on a journey that looks at the activities of beachgoers up close in this exhibition, ‘Life’s a Beach’.
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Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei

Art Almanac | 30 November 2015 | National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei are two of the most recognisable artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. While they have a number of similarities, there are distinguishable contrasts and their connection is presented in dialogue and correspondence in the exhibition, ‘Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei’.
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Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career

Art Almanac | 30 November 2015 | Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

With an art practice spanning thirty years, British artist Grayson Perry has questioned ideas around ‘what constitutes art?’ He continues to intrigue those who lay eyes on his creations. Through his elaborate and decorative ceramics, sculptures, drawings, prints and tapestries, Perry has considered an expansive list of themes and subject areas.
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Melinda Schawel: Out From Under Me

Artist Profile | 11 November 2015 | Hill Smith Gallery

Melinda Schawel is an artist who embeds her works with personal feelings through tearing, sculpting, drawing, drilling and painting. Her recent series, Out From Under Me, sees colours coincide and separate to create textures and patterns which are distinctive characteristics of her art practice.
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William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

Aesthetica Magazine | 29 September 2015 | Monash Gallery of Art

Now in its 10th year, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize provides the winner and finalists with extensive gallery and industry exposure. The 2015 prize was awarded to Joseph McGlennon for his work Florilegium#1 (2014).
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Alex Seton: Paper Armada

Art Almanac | 29 September 2015 | Jan Murphy Gallery

The plight for safety and survival are concerns investigated by artist Alex Seton; who works primarily with marble to carve objects that are informative of his emotive narrative. Seton’s recent series, ‘Paper Armada’ depicts the journey undertaken by asylum seekers through the representation of marble boats.
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Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes

Art Almanac | 29 September 2015 | National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

The artists of the Surrealist movement attempted to ascertain the unconscious mind and transform its power through art. Australia soon felt the ripples of the movement as it travelled from France across Europe.
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Hiromi Tango: Fluorescence

Aesthetica Magazine | 13 August 2015 | Sullivan+Strumpf

Hiromi Tango’s sculptural pieces involve colourful materials that are constructed into large-scale, provoking formations. Her practice also incorporates performance which enables her to connect with her audience. The artist’s working process sees no beginning and no end.
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Jamie North: Rock Melt

Aesthetica Magazine | 29 June 2015 | The National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria International (NGV International), Melbourne, is currently home to Jamie North’s (b.1971) latest exhibition Rock Melt. North’s practice involves sculptural cement-based works that are entwined with luscious plant life.
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GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art

Art Almanac | 23 June 2015 | Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Queensland is a state that fosters emerging and long-standing artists. The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is known for connecting people and art through a dynamic program of Australian and International exhibitions.
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Sam Leach: Crossing Borders

Aesthetica Magazine | 10 June 2015 | Sullivan+Strumpf

The Venice Biennale presents work by some of the world’s finest artists. The versatile selection is representative of each artist’s personal expression. Australian artist, Sam Leach (b.1973), currently has his oil paintings displayed in Venice, Palazzo Bembo.
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Petrina Hicks: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Aesthetica Magazine | 30 May 2015 | Michael Reid Gallery

Petrina Hicks (1972) is an Australian artist known for her detailed photographs of subjects in crisp and bemusing environments. Her latest exhibition The Unbearable Lightness of Being is on view at Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney. Hicks’ images read deeply with interpretation.
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Andrew Browne: Glimpse

Aesthetica Magazine | 07 April 2015 | Martin Browne Contemporary

Dark shadows, contrasting colours, smooth and ruptured textures fill the works created by artist Andrew Browne (b. 1960) in his latest series Glimpse, which is currently on display at Martin Browne Contemporary.
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Zhang Huan: Sydney Buddha

Aesthetica Magazine | 26 February 2015 | Carriageworks

Carriageworks is a fitting space to house the grand structures created by artist Zhang Huan (b. 1965). As viewers make their way down the concrete decline and through the entrance of the large glass doors, they are greeted by two structures standing at more than five metres tall.
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Patricia Piccinini: LIKE US

Art Almanac | 20 January 2015 | Newcastle Art Gallery

Connection and empathy are two resonating themes that empower the practice of internationally respected Australian artist Patricia Piccinini. Emotions are playfully and tenderly tugged by Piccinini’s enchanting scenes.
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Elephant in the Room

Aesthetica Magazine | 29 November 2014 | Brenda May Gallery

Humans have shared a complicated and necessary history with animals. Loved or abused, these relationships vary greatly depending on our view towards each particular species.
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In the Flesh

Art Almanac | 21 November 2014 | National Portrait Gallery

The human body capable of good and bad, breathes, ponders, examines, questions, desires, solves, and feels emotion. It is a complex organic structure in which very little is known or understood.
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Pia Johnson: In a dim light…

Artist Profile | 27 October 2014 | Edmund Pearce Gallery

Photographer Pia Johnson’s photographic series In a dim light… tells of a story that developed during a residency in Studio Kura, Japan. Johnson stayed in a 100-year-old Japanese house where she spent most of her time alone.
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Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties

Art Almanac | 29 May 2014 | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Elaborately decorated rolling floral landscapes entice the gaze of the viewer to fall into Danie Mellor’s carefully constructed, deeply expressive worlds.
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Kendal Murray: The Collector

Art Almanac | 29 April 2014 | Arthouse Gallery

Hopes, desires, fantasies, aspirations, ambitions, worries, fears and memories are just a small collection of thoughts contemplated when presented with the ability to daydream.
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