New Works

NESTLED in the under-story of the old convent in Abbotsford’s art precinct on the Yarra, c3 Contemporary Art Space has been a showcase for emerging artists for more than eight years. Currently, six artists are on show, presenting a veritable cornucopia – different ideas, views thoughts and interests. Culture, place, history and experience, provide a wealth of opportunity for artistic expression.

M. Degas arrive en ville

IN SIX weeks, the National Gallery of Victoria International opens its latest Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Degas, a New Vision. Works have been drawn from collections across the globe and, in the words of the NGVI’s press office, offer a ‘fresh and dynamic reappraisal of this legendary artist’s genius.’

A New Caravaggio – or not….

A lot is riding on whether the work is genuine, including professional reputations, art world cred and of course, lots of money. But before the experts get busy, I’d recommend those charged with the responsibility of saving reputation and generating income just take another, good, long look at the thing, first. Why? ‘Something’, as Miss Clavel was oft to say, ‘is not quite right’.

…I’m gonna look at the weird stuff over there

FUNNY the comments you hear in passing when you’re out and about. White Night 2016 – a celebration of all things artistic – came and went last Saturday night and in the intervening 36 hours the twitter-sphere has been abuzz with comment. Surprisingly, a lot of that comment has been somewhat grumpy.  I say surprising,Continue reading “…I’m gonna look at the weird stuff over there”

Between here and there

Carolyn Hawkins, Sophie Westerman and Kasia Fabijańska Australian Print Workshop, 210 Gertrude Street Fitzroy. Closed March 24. A STORY of threes weaves through this exhibition of 35 works by three talented and capable artists working their chosen mediums. All were scholarship recipients in 2015 – this is the fruit of their work while engaged in thoseContinue reading “Between here and there”

Why Ai Weiwei is not Andy Warhol

…it is implied by this exhibition that the natural conclusion for such comparison is that Ai is a successor to Warhol and that he continues the work started by the albino wigg’d one. That underrates Ai significantly.