This Is No Fan­tasy

VOGUE Living Australia - - VLife - thi­sis­no­fan­tasy.com VL Syd­ney Con­tem­po­rary 2018 runs for four days from 13–16 Septem­ber; syd­n­ey­con­tem­po­rary.com.au

When it comes to har­mo­nious fe­male col­lab­o­ra­tions, it’s hard to go past Mel­bourne’s This Is No Fan­tasy. A joint ven­ture between gal­lerists Dianne Tanzer and Ni­cola Stein, the gallery rep­re­sents a dy­namic range of artists with an al­most even split between gen­der. Show­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally since 2011, Tanzer and Stein at­test to hav­ing seen an in­creased ap­petite for Aus­tralian art over­seas, which in turn bol­sters the global rep­u­ta­tion of fairs such as Syd­ney Con­tem­po­rary. When asked about trends in the art mar­ket right now, the two gal­lerists say they’ve re­cently clocked a cu­ri­ous in­crease in bright, neon-coloured tex­tu­ral art, cre­ated with un­usual medi­ums. It’s work that could also be de­scribed as ‘In­sta­grammable mo­ments’ — art that snatches the viewer’s at­ten­tion sharply and swiftly rather than strik­ing on a deeper level. “As peo­ple in­sist they’re be­com­ing more time poor, ev­ery­thing — even art­work — ap­pears to be a more ex­pe­ri­en­tial in­ter­ac­tion, and then a move on to the next,” says Stein.

At Syd­ney Con­tem­po­rary, Tanzer and Stein are most ex­cited to be show­ing new work by one-time Sul­man Prize-win­ner Vic­to­ria Re­ichelt. “We’ve rep­re­sented Vic­to­ria since 2005,” says Tanzer. “We are be­guiled by her lov­ingly de­tailed and re­fined paint­ing. Her art re­flects our chang­ing so­ci­ety in that she ref­er­ences ob­so­les­cence and re­dun­dancy, which is be­com­ing more and more ap­par­ent.”

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