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Vincent Namatjira, Western Aranda people, Northern Territory, born Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Northern Territory, 14 June 1983. The Indulkana Tigers, 2014, Indulkana, Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, South Australia synthetic polymer paint on linen 122.0 x 152.0 cm Private Collection © Vincent Namatjira.

Vincent Namatjira’s paintbrush is his weapon. With an infectious energy and wry humour, nothing is off limits

Vincent Namatjira, a Western Arrernte artist, is Albert Namatjira’s great-grandson. His genre is portraiture, but with a twist: loaded with satire and post-colonial politics.
Vasily Kandinsky, Painting with white border, May 1913. Oil on canvas, 140.3 x 200.3 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, by gift, photo courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Kandinsky at the Art Gallery of New South Wales: a precious gem of a show celebrating the transformative power of art

Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a pioneer of abstract art. His paintings have not aged and appear contemporary and relevant to us now.
Installation view of Patrick Pound’s People who look dead but (probably) aren’t 2011–2014 on display in Photography: Real & Imagined at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from October 13 2023 – February 4 2024. Photo: Lillie Thompson.

Photography: Real and Imagined at the NGV – a huge and dazzling exhibition that reexamines our thinking

Photography: Real and Imagined at the National Gallery of Victoria can be interpreted as an attempt to make sense of photography’s history.
Hrafntinna (Obsidian), 2021, Jónsi. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Mona/Jesse Hunniford Image Courtesy Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

In the depths of Hobart’s MONA, a volcano is stirring

Pandemic restrictions prevented Jónsi (frontman of Sigur Rós) from experiencing firsthand the eruption of Fagradalsfjall, Iceland. He made this work in response.
Hoda Afshar ‘Untitled #88’, from the series ‘Speak the wind’ 2015–22, pigment photographic print, 80 x 100 cm © Hoda Afshar, image courtesy the artist.

How photography can reveal, overlook and manipulate truth: the fearless work of Australian Iranian artist Hoda Afshar

Hoda Afshar is one of Australia’s most significant photo media artists. A Curve is a Broken Line at the Art Gallery of New South Wales is her first major survey exhibition.
Raphaela Rosella with Dayannah Baker Barlow, Kathleen Duncan, Gillianne Laurie, Tammara Macrokanis, Amelia Rosella, Nunjul Townsend, Laurinda Whitton, Tricia Whitton, and family, You’ll Know It When You Feel It, 2011–2023. Installation view, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2023. Photo: Louis Lim.

More than a picture: how the work of documentary photographer Raphaela Rosella is defined by co-creation

In You’ll Know It When You Feel It at the Institute of Modern Art, Raphaela Rosella and her co-creators have sought to reclaim and counteract the narratives formed by state records.
Nickolas Muray, born Szeged, Hungary 1892, died New York, United States of America 1965, Frida Kahlo on bench #5, 1938, New York, United States of America, carbon print, 45.5 x 36 cm; The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and the Vergel Foundation, © Nickolas Muray Archive.

Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution is insightful and beautiful; a reminder of how Anglo-American our conception of modern art is

Frida Kahlo devotees, this new exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia is your show.
Michael Zavros, Australia b.1974, Bad dad 2013. Oil on canvas, 110 x 150cm. Purchased 2016 with funds raised through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation Appeal. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. © Michael Zavros

Nothing is left to chance and every detail is carefully calculated: the hyperrealistic (and divisive) paintings of Michael Zavros

A new exhibition of the Australian artist’s work at QAGOMA is the first comprehensive survey of Michael Zavros in a state gallery.
Winner Archibald Prize 2023, Julia Gutman, Head in the sky, feet on the ground, oil, found textiles and embroidery on canvas, 198 x 213.6 cm © the artist, image © Art Gallery of New South Wales, Jenni Carter.

As Julia Gutman’s maverick collage wins the Archibald prize, the award is truly in the hands of a new generation

This year’s Archibald and Wynne Prize winners show that a new generation of artists have now entered the mainstream.
Archibald Prize 2023 finalist, Jill Ansell, Looking east, oil on board and assemblage in found tin, 10.8 x 16.5 cm © the artist, image © Art Gallery of New South Wales, Jenni Carter

From joyous celebration to the depths of grief: the new orthodoxy of the Archibald prize is there is no orthodoxy

The Archibald Prize and the Royal Easter Show have a great deal in common. Both are enjoyed by the general public, but the entrants in the competitions are very serious about winning.
Installation view of Troy Emery’s work Mountain climber 2022 on display as part of the Melbourne Now exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne from 24 March – 20 August 2023. Image: Tom Ross

Melbourne Now: a vast, sprawling and inspiring exhibition that seems to burst out of its architectural framework

Conceived as a snapshot of visual culture in Melbourne and Victoria, this exhibition is challenging, visually exciting and memorable.

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