Image above: Inge King, Celestial Rings, Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, 29 October 2016


Friday 18 August 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Run by the Natural History Museum in London, features the world’s best nature photography. This year’s entries incredible as usual. Always interested in the Land category which celebrates the diversity of the world’s environments, from extreme physical spaces to sublime landscapes, some of the best:

Unterthiner (Stefano) Spirit of the Mountains 2017
Stefano Unterthiner, Spirit of the Mountains, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

Gatto (Fortunato) After the Storm 2017
Fortunato Gatto, After the Storm, Laig Bay, Isle of Eigg, Scotland

Deschaumes (Alexandre) Clouded in Mystery
Alexandre Deschaumes, Clouded in mystery, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Friday 11 August 2017 Sculpture at Baragaroo, Sydney
Some of the same sculptures as in last year’s Sculpture by the Sea (SxS) (see below) but a completely different experience. The madness and intensity of the SxS crowds and the, in places, precarious cliff walk gives the works a completely different personality. The intensity of being in a crowd, sharing the experience with young and old, dogs, crows and sea gulls, the mad and the reckless, versus the time and space to contemplate a sculpture in peace and quiet. Both memorable experiences.
Some of the sculptors
Richard Tipping
Adam King
Michael Le Grande
Elyssa Sykes-Smith

Friday 4 August 2017 Salon des Refusés, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
As usual many of the works are of a higher quality than those hung in the main exhibition at AGNSW. The rawness of some of the works is impressive. Usual list of big names but like the main exhibition there seems to be a complete lack of light.

Wednesday 2 August 2017 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman, AGNSW
Usual controversial array of big names in the Archibald, mix of large, medium, small, realist, expressionist, abstract, and for the first time a conceptual portrait. There is method in the Trustee’s madness, the controversies keep the populace returning every year. The standout this year is the Wynne which marks a ‘radical change’, for first time it includes a number of paintings by indigenous artists, and its about time. The artists from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of South Australia ‘dominate the current art scene’. Too many miniatures in the Wynne, landscape is about capturing scale?

Cairns (Mitch) Agatha Gothe-Snape 2017 Archibald winner
Mitch Cairns, Agatha Gothe-Snape

Ken (Tjungkara) Seven Sisters dreaming a self-portrait 2017 Archibald
Tjungkara Ken, Kungkarangkalpa tjukurpa (Seven Sisters dreaming), a self-portrait

Pumani (Betty Kuntiwa) Antara 2017 Wynne
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara

Baker (Teresa), Minyma Malilunya 2017 Wynne
Teresa Baker, Minyma Malilunya

Drinkwater (James) Passage to Rungli Rungliot 2017 Wynne
James Drinkwater, Passage to Rungli Rungliot

Wednesday 12 July 2017 Pamela Honeyfield, Interpretation, Art Gallery On Darling, Balmain
Light and tone captures the essence of landscapes

Honeywell Pamela) Edge of the Plateau 2017
Edge of the Plateau, 2017

Honeywell (Pamela) Fowlers Gap 2017
Fowlers Gap, 2017

Friday 23 June 2017 Elizabeth Cummings – Interior Landscapes, S.H Erving Gallery, Sydney
Second visit to this exhibition, following visit to Drill Hall, Canberra in March (see below). Different hang, bigger space, different lighting (no natural light) but the works crackle with that same energy. With the ability to stand well back, the big works have an even more powerful impact.

Cummings (Elizabeth) The Bush Studio
The Bush Studio

Cummings (Elizabeth) The Music Studio 1996 Mosman Art Gallery
The Music Room, 1996

Cummings (Elizabeth) From the Two Tanks Fowlers Gap 2012
From the Two Tanks Fowlers Gap, 2012

Friday 23 June 2017 Kader Attia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Intense, confronting, political works across diverse media including collage, photography, video, sculpture and installation. ‘Exploring ideas around cultural exchange, appropriation, and the tangled relationship between extra-Occidental cultures and the West in the wake of decolonisation, Attia articulates theories of injury, repair and reparation’.

Wednesday 21 June 2017 EuroVisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection, National Art School, Sydney
Impressive range of contemporary international art.

20170621_114321 Katharina Grosse untitled 2014
Katharina Grosse (untitled) 2014

20170621_114408 Martin Boyce No More Skies 2014 & Michael Krebber MK 292 2015
Martin Boyce No More Skies 2014 (left) & Michael Krebber MK 292 2015 (right)

20170621_114517 Charline von Heyl Mad Mirth 2012 acrylic
Charline von Heyl Mad Mirth 2012 (right)

20170621_114714 Meimo Zobernig untitled 2014 acrylic & Anish Kapoor untitled stainless steel 2011
Meimo Zobernig (untitled) 2014 (left) & Anish Kapoor (untitled) 2011 (right)

20170621_114827 Urs Fischer Primary Life 2017 (2)
Urs Fischer Primary Life 2017

20170621_114939 Secundino Hernandez untitled 2016 acrylic & Jim Lambie untitled 2007
Secundino Hernandez (untitled) 2016 (left) & Jim Lambie (untitled) 2007 (right

Saturday 6 May 2017 Kerry McInnis, Ikara Country, Wagner Contemporary
Gestural, expressionist, intensity of colour of the Australian outback, superb sense of place: Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park.

Friday 5 May 2017 The Dark Matters, White Rabbit Gallery
Refined, sophisticated with deep layers of meaning in the context of modern China. The artists “use blacks to convey realities the classical masters never dreamed of: oil spills, air pollution, megacities, mass production and political machinations. The artists in this show don’t shun light or colour, but in using them they follow Laozi’s advice: Know the white, but hold to the black.”


Friday 7 April 2017 John Olsen The You Beaut Country Art Gallery of NSW
His time in Spain (1957-60) great influence – the black line, automatic drawing, colour

Friday 24 March 2017 Margaret Olley: Painter, Peer, Mentor, Muse, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Not a lot of Olley’s paintings, more about her peers and those who painted her. As always the blinders were Dobell and Drysdale

Olley (Margaret) The Yellow Room Triptych 2007 jpg
Margaret Olley, The Yellow Room Triptych, 2007

Friday 17 March 2017 Elisabeth Cummings – Interior Landscapes, Drill Hall, ANU Canberra. This exhibition has it all: energy, line, colour, light, mood, immediacy, and balance subject/abstraction. Early influences: the Nabis (Bonnard, Vuillard) ‘tearing to tatters realism’, ‘independent of representational function, painting autonomous and free’; and in Australia Ian Fairweather and Grace Cossington-Smith.

Friday 17 February 2017 Ku-ring-gai pH – Art + Science > Project
Excellent images, videos, and installations based on Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Julia Davis, Sarah Robson, and Asheeta Prasad – part of collaborative work Morning Bay (below)


Thursday 9 February 2017 Time, Light, Japan, AGNSW

Friday 27 January 2017  Group Show, Arthouse Gallery, Rushcutters Bay
Interesting recent landscapes: Aaron Kinnane, Colin Pennock, Michaye Boulter, Peter Simpson, Carla Hananrah.

Friday 20 January 2017 Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre Interpretations from the Air
The Light Collective, The Black Eye Gallery, Darlinghurst
Category = landscape aerial photography must see, stunning. Can’t rave enough about this exhibition. Inspiration for immersion in the science of oil colour mixing, the spatial perspective of indigenous art of central Australia, and John Olsen’s Lake Eyre series.


Wednesday 27 January Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, AGNSW

Wednesday 27 January James Gleeson AGNSW

Saturday 30 January, Tom Roberts ,NGA

Saturday 19 March Lloyd Rees Painting with pencil, Museum of Sydney

Saturday 16 January Destination Sydney Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Saturday 19 March Grayson Perry MCA

Friday 8 April 20th Biennale of Sydney:

Lee Bul – Willing to be vulnerable – installation – Turbine Hall

Xu Zhen– Eternity – Greek and budda sculpture – concrete and stone

Camille Henrot – Retreat from investment – bronze sculpture

Chiharu Shiota – Conscious Sleep – beds and thread

Bharti Kher – six women – sculpture – plaster and wood

Alexis Teplin – The politics of fragmentation – oil on linen hanging

Ming Wong – Windows on the world – multi channel and screens video

Cevdet Erek – Room of rhythms – 4 channel sound

William Forsythe – Nowhere and everywhere – installation – dance pendulums

Korakrit Arunanondchai – installation – runway and video

Friday 8 July  Fiona Hall ‘Wrong Way Time, NGA (below)

Monday 18 July – Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016 ,  AGNSW

Monday 18 July Ann Thomson & Contemporaries, National Art School, Sydney (below)

Tuesday 12 July Shen Mo – Distant Homeland ink paintings, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown

Wednesday 20 July Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, AGNSW

Wednesday 10 August Seong Cho – Printmaking solo exhibition, Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby (below)

Thursday 11 August – Printed in Australia – Spot 81, Chippendale

Sunday 11 September Brian Blanchflower ‘Canopies’, Drill Hall ANU, Canberra (below)

Sunday 11 September Michael Taylor: A Survey 1963-2016, CMAG, Canberra (below)

Tuesday 20 September Florilegium: Sydney’s painted garden Museum of Sydney

Tuesday 20 September 2016 State Library Dreams: Grand Garden Designs Planting

Tuesday 27 September 2016 Jonathan Jones barrangal dyara (skin and bones), Kaldor Public Art Project 32, Botanical Gardens, Sydney

Saturday 1 October Louise Hearman exhibition, MCA, Sydney

Friday 7 October Peter Godwin At the Yellow House Potts Point – Defiance Gallery, Potts Point

Monday 11 October Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto, AGNSW – video installation

Monday 11 October Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016 AGNSW

Monday 11 October – Art of Parts – Collage and assemblage AGNSW

Monday 11 October- Beyond Words – calligraphic traditions of Asia

Friday 14 October NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize,

29 October Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (below)

SMH article – From the Nullabor to Bondi for Sculpture by the Sea prize winner Celebrating 20 years. Sculpture by the Sea Bondi – 5 videos Other Videos Full list https://www.youtube.com/user/sculpturebythesea/videos


Sunday 30 October Our Stars – Art from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) lands Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea (below)

Friday 11 November Watercolours exhibition, Balmain Watch House

Saturday 19 November 40/40 Project group exhibition, Wagner Contemporary, Paddington

Tuesday 22 November 2016 Nude – Art from the Tate Collection, AGNSW

Friday 2 December 2016 SMH Photos 1440, State Library NSW – from the exhibition:

Asaro Mud Men from PNG visiting Sydney – Australian Museum 26 September 2016

Friday 9 December 2016 Joe Furlonger Capricorn Coast, Liverpool Street Gallery, East Sydney

Saturday 17 December 2016 Tatsuo Miyajima, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney


10 January 2015 Chuck Close, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

22 January 2015 Pop to Popism, AGNSW

27 March 2015 Ann Thompson, Drill Hall ANU, Canberra

27 March James Turrell, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

10 April 2015 Roy Jackson Retrospective 1963-2013, SH Ervin, Sydney

16 May 2015 Kerry McInnis Antarctica Landscapes, Wagner, Paddington

20 June 2015 Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in New Guinea, S.H.Ervin, Sydney

17 June 2015 Art On Paper, Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea

6 August 2015 John R Walker, Drill Hall ANU, Canberra

7 August 2015 Art of the Sepik, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

7 August 2015 INK REMIX: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, CMAG, Canberra

12 August 2015 Archibald & Wynn, AGNSW

29 October 2015 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

30 October 2015 Country & Western: landscape re-imagined 1988 – 2013, S.H.Ervin, Sydney

20 October 2015 Matthys Gerber, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

28 November 2015 Aaron Kinnane Winter Passing, Milk Moon Rising Arthouse Gallery Ruchcutters Bay

21 November Small Images – Grand Visions 40/40 Wagner Gallery, Paddington

31 December Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland – AGNSW


Robert Motherwell: At Five in the Afternoon
, exhibition, National Gallery of Australia

Abstract Expressionism
, exhibition, National Gallery of Australia

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