One of Australia’s biggest art fairs is back at Carriageworks, with over 96 booths and 500 artists. Our Art Guide editors have curated their top picks at Sydney Contemporary, spanning intimate still life paintings, cats draped over shoulders and emerging artists.
John Nixon: A Poet of Prints
Known as a great avant-garde painter, the late John Nixon also created hundreds of prints—which, as those who knew Nixon can attest, exemplify his minimalism, experimentalism, and his interlacing of life and art. John Nixon—Four Decades, Five Hundred Prints is currently on display at Geelong Gallery.
The art books we loved in 2023
Whether scouting the perfect gift or searching for a summer read, our editors have picked their top art books of 2023—spanning everything from a history of ceramics, women and spiritualism, and First Nations practices.
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Tacita Dean’s strange fortune
Since the early 1990s, British artist Tacita Dean has gifted us myriad artworks on the intimacy, unexpectedness, and materiality of film and image making. With a new survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art, we look at Dean’s tracing of history and chance.
Unboxing the cultural impact of sneakers
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.
The vast legacy of the Pintupi people
A new exhibition at Drill Hall Gallery, Pintupi Way, offers a window into thousands of years of culture and survival for the Pintupi people of the Western Desert.
Nathan Maynard’s act of repatriation
For Hobart Current Biennale, Nathan Maynard has created Relics Act—a project involving a volunteer’s willing sacrifice of their future deceased body on Lutruwita Country, which is how Maynard met 71-year-old Tony.