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The National Gallery of Victoria, thinking ahead

From The Australian, 19 December 2017
by Matthew Westwood

Excerpt: The NGV Triennial, which opened at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday, marks the culmination of several years of planning and is a sign of the strategic course the institution is on. Its forerunner was the Melbourne Now exhibition, which opened four years ago and brought together contemporary art, architecture and design in […]

Artists Protest Australian Museum’s Deal with Security Firm that Allegedly Abused Asylum-Seekers

From Hyperallergic, 15 December 2017
by Benjamin Sutton

Candice Breitz retitled one of her pieces “Wilson Must Go” in protest of the National Gallery of Victoria’s contract with Wilson Security, a company shown to have committed human rights abuses at Australian detention centers.   Earlier this week, the South African artist Candice Breitz changed the title of one of her works to protest that the Australian […]

The Conversation Hour: Artist Candice Breitz renames NGV exhibit ‘Wilson Must Go’

From ABC Radio Melbourne, 14 December 2017
by Steve Martin

Steve Martin is filling in for Jon Faine.  His co-host is Dr Helen Szoke, the Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia. Helen was the Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner, and Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. She recently returned from visiting Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar (Bangladesh, where they have fled from Myanmar). … Their […]

How We Speak

From Frieze, January - February 2018
by Tom Jeffreys

  ANGELICA MESITI’s films explore the myriad ways human communicate   There is more to language than speech and writing, for the artist Angelica Mesiti, communication is always described physically – by a living body or by the form of a mark or the echo of a sound – and it is always reached beyond […]

Candice Breitz renames video installation at National Gallery of Victoria’s Triennial to protest against Australia’s treatment of refugees

From The Art Newspaper, 13 December 2017
by Tim Stone

South African artist is campaigning against gallery’s contract with Wilson Security and its involvement with country’s offshore detention facilities   Just three days ahead of the opening of the National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural Triennial exhibition, the South African artist Candice Breitz has renamed her video installation LOVE STORY to WILSON MUST GO in response to the […]

Candice Breitz Renames Venice Biennale Commission to Protest Mistreatment of Refugees

From Artnet News, 12 December 2017
by Sarah Cascone

When South African artist Candice Breitz‘s work Love Story goes on view at the National Gallery of Victoria this week, it will have a new name: Wilson Must Go. Breitz is rechristening the seven-channel video piece—which features actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore recounting the tales of refugees in first person—in protest of the NGV’s current use of the firm Wilson Security, a […]

Jenny Watson

From Artforum, November 2017
by Toni Ross

Since her first solo show in Melbourne in 1973, Jenny Watson has been one of Australia’s most notable expressionist painters, able to invest images and text with psychobiographical vitality. “Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy” was the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work to date, including more than one hundred drawings, prints, and paintings […]

Retrospective of Jenny Watson’s primitive style strikes a chord

From The Age, 10 November 2017
by Kerrie O'Brien

For Jenny Watson, who grew up in sleepy Mont Albert and then the Dandenongs, coming into the city to study art was a gamechanger. It was the 1970s and inner city Melbourne was a hot bed of creativity. The emergence of the music scene in particular was revolutionary, with St Kilda as its epicentre. “There were droves of […]

Conceptual Artist Joseph Kosuth

From The Saturday Paper, 28/10/2017
by Kate Holden

Joseph Kosuth is a big man, a big figure in the art world, a big intellectual. He moves in European art circles, New York society circles. His work gleams on the facades of august institutions. At lectures, he is introduced by serious characters with heavy accents, speaking of Freud, of Wittgenstein. Kosuth wears a beautiful […]

Angela de la Cruz wins The National Plastics Arts Award in Spain

From 20 October 2017
by Brit Es Magazine

Angela de la Cruz wins the prize ‘National Plastic Arts Award, 2017’  in Spain. Yesterday the jury unanimously awarded “the intensity of her work, which explores the complex relationship between the illusionist space of the painting and the physical presence of the sculpture”. This award recognizes artists whose work or activity represents an outstanding or innovative contribution to […]