Curated by Andy Butler, Mentored by Emily Cormack.
Level 7, Rm 14, 37 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000
The idea of a series of Sidney Nolan paintings hanging in a newsagent’s shop window seems rather quaint. Yet this was the scene that greeted customers of Sheffield’s newsagency in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg in July 1942. Now, 75 years later, Heide Museum of Modern Art is reimagining this overlooked exhibition to consider its place within Nolan’s career.
Showcasing the work of its founding members, the exhibition is packed with works from the 1980s up to the present day. The Boomalli Ten feels like a celebration not just of those 10 artists but more broadly of the Indigenous Australian art now flourishing in the post-colonial present.
In a world where one of the only consistencies is that there’ll be more bad news, Ash Keating has created a meditative space for viewers to find a brief respite.
“I was pretty lucky to end up here. For four or five years I was working from home here in Eltham, painting in my pyjamas. It was fine for a time but it got out of hand with two kids around. The tipping point came when my little girl painted over one of my paintings.”
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