NEW ART EXHIBITIONS WORTH CHECKING OUT.
1 Sydney’s White Rabbit boasts one of the most impressive collections of contemporary Chinese art in Australia – if not the world (outside of China). The gallery kicks off its new season with Vile Bodies – a show that promises a fresh batch of talented Chinese artists, working across painting, sculpture, video art and more. Vile Bodies opens on September 9; whiterabbitcollection.org
2 Up there with the country’s greatest living artists, John Olsen’s latest exhibition focuses on his homecoming in 1960 (following a three-year stint in Europe) with paintings, prints and watercolours that capture the vivid vibrancy of the Australian landscape. John Olsen: The You Beaut Country opens on September 16; ngv.vic.gov.au
3 Perth street artist Stormie Mills is heading to Sydney’s Friends of Leon gallery for a new solo show. In addition to travelling from his native WA, Mills has also ventured into outer space for the exhibit – getting hold of ‘stardust’, procured from a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite, which he’s mixed with paint used in several of the works on display. To The Moon And Back runs from October 13-29; friendsofleon.com
4 The NGA will host the world premiere of new exhibition Nervous, by Tasmanian artist Heather B Swann. Best-known for her ‘Banksia Men’ sculptures, Swann’s show opens with a series of live performances and will also include drawing, recorded music and video. Performances on September 3 and 4, exhibiting until late November; nga.gov.au; iamnervous.net