ART

Belle - - Contents - Edited by HARRY ROBERTS

Fol­low our choice se­lec­tion of myr­iad art­works and their cre­ators.

NA­TIONAL AN­THEM

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

TOP OF THE CLASS

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

SWING TIME

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

MEL­BOURNE WONKY WORLD

MEL­BOURNE WAX­ING LYRI­CAL

ADE­LAIDE

SYD­NEY OR­DI­NARY MAD­NESS Chris Dol­man sifts through the ac­ci­dents, anx­i­eties and dis­ap­point­ments of daily life to glean mo­ments of ab­sur­dity and grace. Ti­tled ‘Good Grief! and other Calami­ties’, the artist’s new se­ries of paint­ings and ce­ramic ob­jects (abo

PERTH A WALK IN THE DESERT Lynette Wall­worth’s Col­li­sions re­veals the po­ten­tial for VR tech­nolo­gies as ma­chines for em­pa­thy. The film trans­ports view­ers to the Pilbara with Martu el­der Nyarri Nyarri Mor­gan (above), whose first con­tact with the West was wi

MEL­BOURNE DOU­BLE LIFE

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