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  • JUSTINE VARGA IN ART COLLECTOR

    Justine Varga is currently featured by Art Collector in their online art news. ‘Justine Varga : Camera Observa’ focuses on the balance between Varga’s intuitive and materially-emphasised photography practice and the controversy and critical response it has acquired.

    The intellectual rigour of Varga’s work is often emphasised in descriptions of the artist and her practice. But while there is a fierce intelligence behind it, the work’s rich materiality is never diminished by an overbearing conceptual rigidity. Along with the film itself, Varga uses “a fairly limited amount of prosaic and abject materials in the production of my photo- graphs, coupled with various darkroom processes”, she says. The film is variously drawn on, handled, scratched, carried around, cried on and spat on by the artist over an extended period of time and then is physically manipulated in multiple ways to arrive at the final print.

    Carrie Miller

    Justine Varga, ‘Leafing #3’, 2018, chromogenic photograph, 157.5 x 122 cm, edition of 5.
  • Gunybi Ganambarr in conversation | Tarnanthi

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to a special event in partnership with Tarnanthi. Join us for an ‘In Conversation’ between artist Gunybi Ganambarr and Will Stubbs, Co-ordinator of the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre.

    For this stellar exhibition, some of today’s foremost and pioneering Yolŋu artists come together as a group, or miṯtji. The exhibition demonstrates the collective revolutionary energy that inspires and emboldens artists from the same dynamic art centre, even as they work independently of each other. Together the artists push boundaries and conventions at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, at Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land – yet each in their own boldly creative direction.

    Showing works from Gunybi Ganambarr, Malaluba Gumana, Manini Gumana, Djambawa Marawili AM, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Dhuwarrwarr Marika, Baluka Maymuru, Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu, Garawan Waṉambi.

    We look forward to seeing you on Saturday the 19th of October from 3pm.

    Light refreshments provided.

    Gunybi Ganambarr | Manini Gumana | Malaluba Gumana | Djambawa Marawili AM | Noŋgirrŋa Marawili | Dhuwarrwarr Marika | Baluka Maymuru | Garawan Waṉambi | Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

    GUNYBI GANAMBARR, Gudurrku (235–19), 2019, Etching on aluminium, 148 x 127 cm.

  • TONY GARIFALAKIS IN HOPE DIES LAST: ART AT THE END OF OPTIMISM

    Tony Garifalakis is showing in Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism at Gertrude Contemporary. Curated by Mark Feary, Hope Dies Last spans two spaces, Gertrude Contemporary and Margaret Lawrence Gallery and presents a selection of Australian and international contemporary art.

    Hope Dies Last self-identifies as “one of the most depressing events of the year,” promising to leave audiences emotionally crippled and wracked with negativity. It puts the dead in deadpan, examining our own mortality, suffering and failure through the lens of gallows humour.

    Nicola Dowse

    Hope Dies Last is on display at Gertrude Contemporary from October 5 to November 9, and at Margaret Lawrence Gallery from October 18 to November 14.

    Tony Garifalakis, Fucking Optimism, 2007, cut felt and glue, 120 x 95 cm
  • PAUL YORE IN 16TH INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL OF TAPESTRY, ŁÓDŹ

    Paul Yore is included in the 16th International Triennial of Tapestry held at the Central Museum of Textiles, Łódź, Poland. The watchword of the 16th edition, “Breaching Borders”, refers to the issues of the modern world, which redefine the meaning of the identity of our civilisation, ethnic groups, social groups or each of us individually. Yore is one of 32 artists chosen to participate in the triennial. Since its beginnings, through 15 editions, the Triennial has had 1595 participating artists from 71 countries. 

    The exhibition runs until the 15th of March 2020.

    Paul Yore, Protest or Die, mixed media, appliqué textile; found materials, wool, beads, sequins, buttons, 245 x 194cm
  • NADINE CHRISTENSEN AND RICHARD LEWER FINALISTS IN ARTHUR GUY MEMORIAL PAINTING PRIZE

    Nadine Christensen, Wardrobe, 2018, acrylic on board, cedar stretcher, 120 x 150 cm.

    Congratulations to Nadine Christensen and Richard Lewer who have been named as finalists in the 2019 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize! Held every two years at the Bendigo Art Gallery, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize is designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists, awarding a generous acquisitive cash prize of $50,000.

    “The 2019 finalist pool offers an exciting mix of established and emerging artists, with varying interests – abstraction, portraiture and still life traditions are all represented,”

    Bendigo Art Gallery Director Jessica Bridgfoot

    Exhibition runs until December 8.

    Richard Lewer, Biscuit Bomber Going Down, 2018, oil on copper, 70 x 120 cm.
  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: MITTJI – THE GROUP

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of ‘Mittji – The Group’, an exhibition of 9 Yolŋu artists in collaboration with the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre and in conjunction with Tarnanthi: Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art on Thursday 26 September 6-8 pm.

    Gunybi Ganambarr | Manini Gumana | Malaluba Gumana | Djambawa Marawili AM | Noŋgirrŋa Marawili | Dhuwarrwarr Marika | Baluka Maymuru | Garawan Waṉambi | Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu

    For this stellar exhibition, some of today’s foremost and pioneering Yolŋu artists come together as a group, or miṯtji. The exhibition demonstrates the collective revolutionary energy that inspires and emboldens artists from the same dynamic art centre, even as they work independently of each other. Together the artists push boundaries and conventions at Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, at Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land – yet each in their own boldly creative direction

    Please join us in celebrating the launch of this exceptional exhibition!

    Exhibition runs until the 26 October 2019.

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

    Baluka Maymuru, Nyapiliŋu (751- 18) , 2018, earth pigments on wood, 150 x 10 cm. Photography courtesy of Sam Roberts.

  • SALLY BOURKE AND RICHARD LEWER FINALISTS IN DOUG MORAN PORTRAIT PRIZE

    Congratulations to Sally Bourke and Richard Lewer who have been announced as semi-finalists in the 2019 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

    “For the judges, the shortlisted artists collectively demonstrate the way in which portraiture can and should be much more than the sheer skill of capturing of a likeness. The power of portraiture instead manifests from the almost intangible coming together of artist and subject; a tension or ‘rub’ that encourages the viewer to remain with a work and to return to it time and again, well beyond the initial moment of recognising the subject.

    Judge Kelly Gellatly

    The finalists will be announced on the 16 October and the winner will be revealed 30 October. The exhibition of finalists will be held at the historic Juniper Hall, Paddington from 31 October to 1 December 2019.

    Richard Lewer, As a bald man, I miss going to the Barber, 2019, oil on copper, 150 x 160 cm
    Sally Bourke, Catch, 2019, oil and acrylic on linen, 104 x 84 cm

  • JULIA ROBINSON ANNOUNCED AS PART OF 2020 ADELAIDE BIENNIAL ‘MONSTER THEATRES’

    Julia Robinson has been announced as exhibiting in the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Monster Theatres.

    Presented throughout the Art Gallery of South Australia as well as partner venue Adelaide Botanic Gardens and its Museum of Economic Botany, the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres will be presented from 29 February to 8 June as the key visual art offering of the Adelaide Festival.

    Monster Theatres proposes an arena of speculation, a circus of the unorthodox and the absurd, a shadow play between truth and fiction. The title is inspired by a group of provocative Australian artists. Their urgent works of art are warnings made manifest. These theatres are theirs.’

    Leigh Robb, Curator, Monster Theatres

    Full list of artists:

    Abdul Abdullah (NSW) Mike Bianco (WA) Polly Borland (VIC) Michael Candy (QLD) Megan Cope (VIC)
    Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari (WA) Julian Day (NSW) Karla Dickens (NSW) Mikala Dwyer (VIC) Brent Harris (VIC) Aldo Iacobelli (SA) Pierre Mukeba (SA) David Noonan (VIC) Mike Parr (NSW) Julia Robinson (SA)
    Yhonnie Scarce (SA/VIC) Garry Stewart and Australian Dance Theatre (SA) Stelarc (VIC) Kynan Tan (NSW) Mark Valenzuela (SA) Willoh S. Weiland (TAS) Judith Wright (QLD)

    Julia Robinson pictured in front of her work at The National at the Museum of Contemporary Art, photography Jacquie Manning.
  • Sydney Contemporary 2019

    Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s international art fair, returns in 2019 with the country’s largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries.

    Hugo Michell Gallery are thrilled to return to Sydney Contemporary, presenting new works from represented artists; Lucas Grogan, Fiona McMonalge, Trent Parke, Julia Robinson, Justine Varga and a selection of works by Sally Bourke, Ildiko Kovacs, Sera Waters and Amy Joy Watson.

    We’re honoured to present in conjunction with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, the final work by esteemed artist, the late Nawurapu Wunuŋmurr.

    Register your interest to receive additional information regarding this presentation by emailing, mail@hugomichellgallery.com

    Image: Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra, Larrakitij (installation view)
  • JAMES DODD FINALIST IN THE TATIARA ART PRIZE

    Congratulations to James Dodd who has been selected as a finalist in the Tatiara Art prize 2019 for his work ‘Mill Painting (Running Rocks)’. The $10,000 prize held at the Walkway Gallery in Bordertown aims to “discover new talents, invigorate artistic passions and support local artists from across the Tatiara.” The winner will be announced on the opening September 20 and runs until November 1.

    James Dodd, ‘Mill Painting (Running Rocks)’, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 100 cm