Questioning taste and privilege

From The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 March 2018
by Ray Edgar

Stieg Persson reflects on his changing approaches in this mid-career survey of his work. In 1990 Stieg Persson produced an ambitious 16-part rumination on mortality. Ethereal and eerie, the series took its name from the ”stations of sickness” of John Donne’s 1624 work Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions. “I wanted a great epic,” says Persson, amid his […]

Art that’s on song

From The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 March 2018
by Ray Edgar

Oliver Beer nonchalantly leans into the corner of the art gallery and sings. Adjusting pitch until he finds the right note, the room suddenly begins to vibrate. Sound floods the space, drowns him out and overwhelms me. “Every room and space has its own note,” he says, familiar with the effect his trick has on […]

In The Financial Times, 24 March 2018: ‘Sydney harbours a treasury of art’

by Jane Ure-Smith

[Excerpt] The 21st Sydney Biennale […] brings together 70 artists from 35 countries in seven venues, including the once-controversial Sydney Opera House, whose opening in 1973 coincided with that of the first biennale. Twenty months in the making, this year’s exhibition, entitled Superposition: Equilibrium & Engagement, is directed by Mami Kataoka, chief curator of Tokyo’s […]


From Australia Council for the Arts, 9 March 2018

The Australia Council is delighted to announce that Angelica Mesiti and Juliana Engberg have been selected as the artist and curator for Australia’s representation at the 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2019. Following an open call for expressions of interest, the artistic team were selected by an independent panel of highly respected arts professionals. Angelica Mesiti is one of Australia’s […]

Taking a bat to Marco Fusinato’s sound-struck installation

From The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 March 2018
by Linda Morris

Contemporary artist and experimental “noise musician”, Marco Fusinato, has witnessed some scary audience reactions to his enormous sound installation, Constellations, 2015/2018, which invites visitors to pick up a baseball bat and bash what seems to be a plain white gallery wall. Inside the wall are 16 microphones connected to a concert-size amplifier that send 120 decibels reverberating […]

Candice Breitz: Video storyteller

From Art Guide Australia, 17 January 2018
by Nadiah Abdulrahim

Bob Marley. Sarah Ezzat Mardini. Michael Jackson. José Maria João. Madonna. Mamy Maloba Langa. Alec Baldwin. Shabeena Saveri. Julianne Moore. Luis Nava Molero. Leonard Cohen. Farah Abdi Mohamed. These recognisable and not-so-recognisable names are diverse and disparate, but one thing that brings them together is South African artist Candice Breitz. Born in Johannesburg in 1972, Breitz, […]

Come face to face with Leonard Cohen in ‘I’m Your Man’

From The Upsider, 8 January 2018
by Emma Froggatt

Video artist Candice Breitz’s work is incredibly intimate. Walk into Melbourne’s Anna Schwartz gallery from January 30, 2018 and you’ll enter a space that resembles more of a cinema than a gallery. But what you hear will be 1988 Leonard Cohen album I’m Your Man, sung by his most beloved fans. For the first time in the gallery’s […]

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 rename NGV Triennial works to protest gallery’s Wilson Security contract

From The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 December 2017
by Hannah Francis

As the National Gallery of Victoria unveiled its first Triennial of contemporary art to the world this week, it spared no expense on celebratory parties and VIP events. But last-minute changes by international artists to some of the key works commissioned for the exhibition left the gallery with egg on its face – or as […]

Video artist Candice Breitz

From The Saturday Paper, 16 December 2017
by Romy Ash

On the eve of the NGV Triennial, artist Candice Breitz turned a work about refugees into a work of protest directed at the gallery’s security contracts. “While I am grateful for the immense support I have received from the NGV,” she announced, “it would be morally remiss, in light of the above knowledge, for me […]