Mona Confessional 2016 – 19. The art unveiled for this year’s Dark Mofo is a disturbing journey into our future.
Mona's new subterranean extension adds a compelling dimension to the art of Dark Mofo 2019. Upstairs, a series of interactive sculptures contemplates our automated future.
Dallas Dellaforce, Queer Central, Imperial Hotel, Erskineville, 2018. ‘Queerdom’ presents an archive of queer and trans life in Sydney.
Queerdom, an exhibition of photography and poetry, presents a history of queer and trans performance in Sydney that challenges recent narratives about queer life in Australia.
Installation view of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Murmuration (Landscape) 2019 (detail) Realised in Dehua, Fujian.
province and Melbourne, commissioned by the NGV.
Proposed acquisition supported by Ying Zhang in association with the Asian Australian Foundation, 2019
NGV Foundation Annual Dinner and 2019 NGV Annual Appeal, on display at NGV International.
© Cai Guo- Qiang. Photo © Tobias Titz
A new exhibition pairs China's famed Terracotta Warriors with contemporary works of inspiring ethereality. The contrasts here are many: life and death, harmony and chaos, energy and control, art and politics.
The perceived authority is important in helping us determine how trustworthy a graphic is.
Diego Gutiérrez via WWF
What makes people more likely to trust a climate change message? If it looks too corporate, it's more likely to fail.
One of the most powerful images at this year’s Venice Biennale is Christoph Büchel’s.
Barca Nostra, 2018-2019,
Shipwreck 18th of April 2015.
La Biennale di Venezia
Often called the 'Olympic Games of art', the Venice Biennale's national pavilions are an outlier in a globalised world. This year's strongest works explore global issues like refugees and climate change.
An installation view of Vivian Gallery’s stand at Auckland Art Fair.
Embarrassed directors of well-established commercial art galleries will quietly confess that often they scarcely get more than a dozen visitors a day. Can art fairs help fill the void?
Waldseemüller map of the world, 1507.
A new look at Renaissance paintings demonstrates the world has always been global.
Archibald Prize 2019 winner, Tony Costa, ‘Lindy Lee’, oil on canvas, 182.5 x 152 cm, © the artist.
Photo: AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins Sitter: Lindy Lee - artist
The annual announcement of the Archibald Prize is one of Sydney’s great spectacles. This year's winning portrait depicts one of Australia's leading artists, Lindy Lee.
Detail from Fiona Foley Native Blood Type C photograph x cm Edition copy.
Art historians argue that the life of the artist should be viewed independently of their art but, for most Aboriginal artists, art is a cultural expression that encompasses their lives.
Detail from Archibald Prize 2019 finalist Keith Burt,
‘Benjamin Law: happy sad’ oil on canvas, 59.5 x 59.5 cm, © the artist.
Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter Sitter: Benjamin Law - author, journalist and broadcaster
Perhaps as a reflection of the current state of national affairs, this year's Archibald Prize exhibition is a politician-free zone.
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits, exhibition view.
Bendigo Art Gallery
A new exhibition illustrates the British monarchy's transition from global powerhouse to modern celebrities. But idolised images reign.
Marcel Duchamp, ‘From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy (Box in a valise)’ 1935-41, 1963-65 (contents); Series F, 1966 edition, mixed media, 41.3 x 38.4 x 9.5 cm Philadelphia Museum of Art, gift of Mme Marcel Duchamp, 1994-43-1.
© Association Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP. Copyright Agency, 2019
Some 50 years after his death, a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales shows why the work of Marcel Duchamp continues to challenge the very idea of what art may be.
Guests at the V.I.P Opening Feast, Eat The Problem.
Mona/Jesse Hunniford Image Courtesy MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
A new exhibition and book urging us to eat invasive species are beautiful but come across as little more than an exquisitely designed elitist spectacle.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Pretty Beach, 2019, installation view, The National 2019: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, painted wood, silver plate ball chain, crystals, audio, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
© the artist, photograph: Jacquie Manning.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah's installation Pretty Beach tells a story from the artist's childhood to explore mortality and grief.
Installation view of Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor on display at NGV International from 5 April – 4 August 2019 © 2019 Calder Foundation, New York / Copyright Agency, Australia.
A new exhibition charting Alexander Calder's atypical path into the modernist art canon is elegant, dramatic and great fun.
Rosslynd Piggott Double Breath (contained) of the sitter 1993–94 (installation detail) various media.
© The artist Photo: courtesy the artist
Rosslynd Piggott's artworks explore an uncanny, dream-like state. A new exhibition of her objects, installations and paintings is a memorable reflection of a major Australian artist.
Sam Cranstoun, Utopia, The National, Carriageworks.
The ambitiously named exhibition, The National: New Australian Art, lives up to its title as a visual examination of Australia in an age of uncertainty.
Peta Clancy, Undercurrent 1, from the series Undercurrent, 2018-19, inkjet pigment print, W120 x H85cm each image approx.
Courtesy the artist
There is a long history of cultural silence on the frontier wars that characterised Australia's colonisation. Peta Clancy's exhibition invites us to see this history in the Victorian landscape.
These images of Cherine Fahd’s grandfather’s funeral were tucked away in a brown paper envelope for decades. As a society, we too often keep grief hidden from view.
Rarely seen in the family album are photographs of funerals, burials and the suffering of those who are left to mourn.
Youth dance troupe Stompin performed their thought-provoking work Nowhere as part of this year’s Ten Days on the Island.
Jacob Collings, Lusy Productions
Despite the diversity of art and performance on display at the tenth Ten Days on the Island festival, key themes emerge: life, death, and Tasmania's colonial history.