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Sydney’s three major art institutions have joined forces to present ‘The National: New Australian Art 2017’, a sprawling exhibition of new and commissioned work by nine emerging, mid-career and established artists from across six states and territories. Offering a vibrant cross-section of contemporary creative practice today, the line-up spans painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance, with work by Taloi Havini, Tiger Yaltangki and Alex Martinis Roe showing at AGNSW; Erin Coates, Karen Mills and Ronnie van Hout at the MCA; and Archie Moore, Richard Lewer and Justene Williams (right) at Carriageworks. Justene’s installations immerse the viewer in a phantasmagoria of film, sculpture and sound. Dressed in elaborate costumes that recall early 20th century avant-garde theatre – albeit wrought with found materials that invoke the kitsch vernacular of the Australian suburbs – her performers move in a state of shamanistic fervour, dancing across collaged screens. A vibrant paean to magnificent excess, her spaces weave personal narratives with art historical and pop-cultural allusions. March 30-July 30. mca.com. au; artgallery.nsw.gov.au; carriageworks.com IRREVERENT SWISS DUO BASTIEN AUBRY AND DIMITRI BROQUARD RELISH THE HAPHAZARD AND MISSHAPEN, IMBUING THEIR WORK WITH A HOMESPUN SENSIBILITY. DRAWINGS, SCULPTURE, COLLAGE AND CERAMIC OBJECTS SUCH AS BLUE AND YELLOW JUGS (ABOVE) COMPRISE ‘WHY LIVE IN A HOUSE?’. MARCH 31-MAY 13. MURRAYWHITE ROOM.COM
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Callum Morton has curated the 2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, calling on 20 leading Australian contemporary artists to exhibit a recent work at the NAS show. Selected artists such as Dan Moynihan, whose Bricks and Mortar 6 is shown (right), have each nominated a counterpart for the prize’s emerging category. March 28-May 20. nas.edu.au
SYDNEY LIGHT AND SHADE
For centuries the polarity of darkness and light has been a thematic concern for Chinese artists. ‘The Dark Matters’ presents work by 34 artists, including Lin Yan, Feng Mengbo and Yang Mushi (left), who continue to grapple with and subvert this most ancient yin-yang principle. March 8-July 30. whiterabbitcollection.org
BRISBANE-BORN ARTIST DENISE GREEN TRAINED AT L’ÉCOLE DES BEAUX-ARTS AND LA SORBONNE IN PARIS BEFORE MOVING TO NEW YORK IN 1969 AND EMBARKING ON HER BRILLIANT CAREER. HAVING EXHIBITED AT THE WHITNEY, MOMA AND THE GUGGENHEIM WITH WORKS SUCH AS PLAY (RED), 1977 (ABOVE), THE CELEBRATED ARTIST RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA FOR A NEW SOLO OUTING. MARCH 29-APRIL 22. NKNGALLERY.COM
Photomedia artist Lydia Wegner shoots playful structures in brilliant shades that sit somewhere between abstract painting and the architecture of Luis Barragán. Works such as Orange Mirror (right), part of her new series ‘Swing’, are tinged with a nuanced interplay of light reflection and shadow. March 15April 13. arcone.com.au Dord Burrough projects abstract forms that belie hidden figures – shapes, aliens and characters – wrought during her process then obscured by impasto strokes. The curious layering in her oils such as Long grass/long conversation (above) suggest a blurred space between imagination and memory. Until March 18. longallery.com