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Fiona Hall ‘EXODUST’, 2021, burnt tree, rope, iron bell, LED lighting, eucalyptus sapling, birds’ nests, water-based oil. on burnt book, water-based oil on burnt fabric, installation dimensions variable Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney © the artist Photo: AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins

Despair and hope; anger and optimism: The National 2021 highlights care in Australian art

This third, and possibly final, biennial shows artists are deeply embedded in the politics of today.
Clarice Beckett, Australia, 1887 - 1935, The red sunshade, 1932, Melbourne, oil on board; Gift of Alastair Hunter OAM and the late Tom Hunter in memory of Elizabeth through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. AGSA

Clarice Beckett exhibition is a sensory appreciation of her magical moments in time

Known for her soft capturing of tonal shifts and poignant moments, painter Clarice Beckett's legacy was almost lost to time and decay. Now her work is being celebrated in a major exhibition.
Refik Anadol: Quantum memories 2020 (render) custom software, quantum computing, generative algorithm with artificial intelligence (AI), real time digital animation on LED screen c4 channel sound 1015.0 x 1020.0 x 250.0 cm. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with funds donated by Loti & Victor Smorgon Fund and Barry Janes and Paul Cross, 2020. © Refik Anadol Image courtesy of Refik Anadol

Enthralling, dystopian, sublime: NGV Triennial has a huge ‘wow’ factor

With more than 100 artists from more than 30 countries, this exhibition features alternative realms drawn from a Google quantum computer, a Jeff Koons 'selfie magnet' and moments of Zen beauty.
Joy Hester at Fitzroy Gardens, 1942. Albert Tucker/State Library of Victoria

Joy Hester – a body of work, remembered at last

Joy Hester’s entire body of work can be understood as an exploration of human relationships, connections, in all their complexity. A major retrospective now acknowledges her contribution.
Olafur Eliasson, Denmark, b.1967 Riverbed 2014 (detail) Site specific installation. Pictured: The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, DenmarkCourtesy of the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los AngelesPhotograph: Iwan Baan.

In our time of climate crisis, the exhibition Water is a subtly crafted plea

Water can give and water can take. Without it, however, we are nothing. A new exhibition presents a nuanced and gentle provocation as we grapple with drought and climate change.

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