Sneakers are a cultural phenomenon made up of paradoxes. Some see them as an accessible and inclusive force in fashion that serve as an outlet of self-expression for many; yet to others they are a symbol of out-of-control consumerism. Two Queensland exhibitions are embracing these dualities, though from contrasting angles: Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street at HOTA on the Gold Coast, and Torsion at Brisbane’s Metro Arts.
For Betty Muffler art making and healing are indistinguishable. Evoking Country through the view of the eagle, she’s now showing in the NGV Triennial alongside a host of international names.
A comprehensive new survey at the National Gallery of Australia pays tribute to Emily Kam Kngwarray and the Country she loved.
Since the 1960s Mike Parr has been defining performance art. Known for his performances of extremis, from hacking off a fake arm to burying himself underneath a Tasmanian road for three days. With a new, three-part exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Parr talks about catharsis, the institutionalisation of performance art, and the motivations behind what he does.
Vincent Namatjira was the first Aboriginal artist to win the Archibald Prize for his portrait of AFL player Adam Goodes in 2020. This painting, among his wider oeuvre, is showing for his first survey at the Art Gallery of South Australia.