Author Archives: Owen Craven

Chapter 3 – Onto the Peninsula

They say the third night is the worst, and so it was – at least in terms of sleep. That’s when you have to be glad of Turkish coffee first thing next morning. It sure proves its value for money. Short and black, grounds thick enough to chew on and guaranteed to kick like a […]

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Sydney Ball

One of Australia’s most respected artists, Syd Ball has been developing colour painting since the early 1960s when he set off to Manhattan to study under abstract expressionist painter Theodoros Stamos. His work, executed in series, has variously explored colour through modular arrangements, expressionism and structural form, with a tendency to revisit the modular as […]

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Issue 29 | Sneak Peek

Internationally renowned Chuck Close is our cover feature – we speak with him from New York ahead of a survey exhibition at the MCA.

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Issue 28

A Melbourne Art Fair Special Edition, the issue is packed with program and exhibition highlights about the big event. On the cover is Melbourne-based Emily Floyd who talks us through her studio practice and what influences her large scale installation works ahead of a survey exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. NEWS Open […]

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2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

 New Zealand artist Natalie Guy has been awarded the 2014 $15,000 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize for her work, Form for modern living #2, a five-kilogram bronze cast of what was originally a reworked plywood school-chair.  The ‘2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize’ – Australia’s pre-eminent national prize for small sculpture – has been awarded to an […]

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Clara Adolphs | The Man in Me

The genesis of her latest body of work came from realising that the artists, musicians and writers (mainly from the 1950’s and 60’s) who inspire her are all males. The show’s title, ‘The Man in Me’, is also the title of a Bob Dylan song and explores the dichotomy between the lives of men and […]

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James Drinkwater wins 2014 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

30 year old Newcastle-based artist, James Drinkwater has won the 2014 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship for his body of work, highlighted by his painting Port de bra. As the winner, Drinkwater receives $25,000 and a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, which is administered by the Art Gallery of NSW. Seven finalists were selected from 99 […]

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Exhibition: Bodies in Space

Tino i le Vā: Bodies In Space is a group exhibition that presents contemporary perspectives of Pacific Art and the role individual artists’ bodies play in their creative output.

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TarraWarra Biennial

THE TARRAWARRA BIENNIAL 2014 marks the fourth iteration of a signature event on the national exhibition calendar for the private museum in rural Victoria.

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The French Connection | Ron McBurnie + Euan Macleod

This exhibition arises from a friendship between these two artists and their travels together to create remarkable en plein air works in the beautiful mid-Pyrenees town of Alayrac, France. The exquisite works on display at Janet Clayton Gallery conjure the allure of the French countryside and village environment, contrasting with the landscapes they have painted […]

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Melbourne Now

A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is a snapshot of Melbourne’s cultural identity. Artist Profile spoke to NGV Director Tony Ellwood about this ambitious project.

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BEAMS Arts Festival

Shining a light on the Chippendale Creative Precinct Following the resounding success of its first iteration, the BEAMS Arts Festival returns to the lane-ways of Chippendale’s Creative Precinct once more! A kaleidoscope of colour and a dizzying array of artists, performers and musicians will converge to present a cultural programme that’s fast becoming an annual […]

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Judgment Calls

Edited excerpts from proceedings of the Forum, including some unpublished comments, these five videos illuminate the ideas that arose on the day. See the personalities, opinions and interactions that made the Judgment Calls Forum.

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Louise Paramor: Emporium

Glen Eira City Council Gallery is housing an expansive retrospective exhibition, Emporium that will survey this diverse creative practice through the thematic concerns that have preoccupied Paramor.

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Insight Radical: where art meets science

Throughout 2012, six artists – Tony Lloyd, Steve Lopes, Anna Madeleine, Natalie O’Connor, Peter Sharp and Ruth Waller – took part in a residency program, Insight Radical, which saw each of them spend time with a group of scientists all working on and developing research around free radicals. The scientists worked with the artists, giving demonstrations of their experiments and discussing the ‘real world’ impact of their research.

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2 Danks Street Award for Art Criticism

What ever happened to art criticism? The 2 Danks Street Gallery precinct have announced an exciting new initiative targeted at budding arts writers to foster the importance of good writing and constructive criticism

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Sydney Contemporary Exhibitors Announced

Sydney Contemporary announces more than 70 galleries from Australia and overseas, with respected names from 12 countries and 4 continents coming together in Sydney for the inaugural fair in September this year.

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Issue 22

Ben Quilty paints like there’s no tomorrow. In an exclusive interview and photo shoot for the cover feature of Issue 22, we speak with Quilty about his studio and creative life after his Afghanistan tour as Australia’s offical war artist. In a revealing and intimate interview, Quilty talks of his motivations and ambitions as a painter and for the Australian cultural landscape. Also in the issue, Andrew Browne talks to us about his cinematic-like paintings that portray the sometimes invisible edges of society; and Destiny Deacon whose photographic work speaks strongly for contemporary indigenous concerns. Plus many more artist studio visits, essays, opinions and reviews from around the country…

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Art Stage Singapore

The third edition of Art Stage Singapore took place at the end of last week and featured some 131 galleries from around the world, with 12 of those from Australia.

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Terrestrial by Declan O'Doherty

Terrestrial is a culmination of O’Doherty’s exploration into the desert environment using memory as the primary tool to capture a strikingly dynamic, emotive response to the Australian landscape.

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New World Art Prize

The Chippendale Creative Precinct has announced a new award, designed to encourage entrants to present a vision of the future; urban renewal and new technologies.

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Allora & Calzadilla with Kaldor Art Projects

Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on ‘Ode to Joy’ for Prepared Piano is a performance art work devised by Puerto Rican-based collaborative artists Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla and is the 26th Kaldor Public Art Project, being presented in the Cowan Gallery of Melbourne’s State Library of Victoria.

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2012 artsHub Awards

Nominations for the annual artsHub Awards are now open. The awards are intended to recognise both creation and support in the arts industry, of work that is “exciting, engaging or simply excellent”.

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Artist Profile at MAF 2012

Visit Artist Profile at the Melbourne Art Fair – 1 to 5 August, 2012 – Stand M01, ground floor.

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