VAULT EXTRA 2nd JULY 2021
GIANT WITHOUT A BODY
Nicole Eisenman has a major solo exhibition entitled Giant Without a Body showing at Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo. The exhibition marks the American artist’s largest solo exhibition in Europe to date. Traversing sculpture, painting and installation the exhibition delves deeply into the artist’s practice from 2006 to the present and includes a number of new paintings and sculptures created over the last year. Best known for her idiosyncratic art historical references that range from the Renaissance, Baroque and social realism, as well as German expressionism, Giant Without a Body demonstrates the artist’s recognisable painting style as well as recent explorations within sculpture. The exhibition continues until August 29, 2021.
Read More about the artist’s work here in Nicole Eisenman: Myths and Misconceptions by VAULT Editor, Alison Kubler, published in VAULT Issue 26.
Image credit:Installation view Nicole Eisenman, Giant Without a Body, 2021. Courtesy of © Astrup Fearnley Museet. Photo: Christian Øen
CAMILLE HENROT AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
Working across diverse media including sculpture, drawing, video and installation in the process of grappling with contemporary concerns and life’s big questions, Camille Henrot is one of the most compelling artists working today. The NGV International is currently showing Is Today Tomorrow, a major solo exhibition of the Paris-born, Berlin-based artist that brings together key works from the past decade along with new works on paper that are on exhibition for the first time.
Included in the exhibition is the Australian premier of the immersive installation The Pale Fox, 2014 – which is a companion piece to Henrot’s award-winning film Grosse Fatigue, 2013, for which she won the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale – the artist unpacking, through uncanny references, the meaning of the universe, specifically, humanity’s shared desire to understand the world through objects. Characterised by what Henrot has called a ‘cataloguing psychosis’, this vast room-scale installation features more than 500 objects, encompassing photographs, sculptures, books and drawings that range from objects made by the artist to those collected via eBay. The exhibition also includes a series of new watercolour works on paper that have never been exhibited before, also shown with the artist’s interactive Interphones series of telephone sculptures that together explore and draw attention to our relationship to authority and technology. The scope and resonance of Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow demonstrates the artist’s adeptness in conveying meta, abstract or philosophical ideas through studying and cleverly subverting the quotidian. The exhibition continues at the NGV until October 24, 2021.
You can read more about the artist’s practice here in a major feature by Inga Walton titled Envisaging Tomorrow published in VAULT’s current issue, Issue 34 (May – July).
Image credit:Installation view Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, 2014 at Chisenhale Gallery. Commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery in partnership with Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research, Paris and Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster. Courtesy of the artist, kamel mennour, Paris/Londonand König Galerie, Berlin/London/Seoul.Photo: Andy Keate. © ADAGP Camille Henrot
HILMA AF KLINT: THE SECRET PAINTINGS
Marking the first major survey of the artist in the Asia Pacific region, Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings brings together more than 100 works by the now world-renowned artist whose practice was ahead of the times in which she lived and worked. Upon her death in 1944, af Klint left more than 1300 paintings and some 26,000 pages of writing, with specific instructions that her work should be kept secret for at least a couple of decades after her death – a testament to the fact that she could sense the futuristic nature of her practice.
Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings is a new curatorial approach following a series of solo exhibitions at world class institutions – including the Guggenheim and New Museum in New York – the success of which left audiences spellbound by the work’s monumental scale, radiant colour combinations, enigmatic symbols and otherworldly shapes. The awe of af Klint’s ouevre is compounded by the fact that the artist has gone unrecognised for decades, despite her style predating the watershed Abstract and Abstract Expressionist movements. Creating works in an era of limited creative freedom for women, af Klint’s paintings embody a practice that was an outlet for the artist’s exceptional intellectual, spiritual and artistic intelligence. Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings continues until September 19, 2021 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Image credit:Installation view Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, October 12, 2018 –April 23, 2019 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Photo: David Heald
STATION TURNS 10!
This year, STATION celebrates ten years of supporting and presenting contemporary art. To mark the occasion, STATION are presenting the Ten year show, bringing together a community of artists who have worked with the gallery over the past decade. The exhibition’s title pays homage to the gallery’s inaugural exhibition in 2011, First show. STATION's Ten year show commemorates the milestone achievements of the gallery and celebrates the vibrancy and resilience of the broader arts community. Over the past ten years, STATION has worked with more than 100 artists, presenting close to 200 exhibitions, offsite projects and art fairs, both nationally and internationally.
Presented as a salon hang, the exhibition brings together the work of more that 75 artists.
Participating artists include: Adam Lee | Alexander Jackson Wyatt | André Piguet | Anna Kristensen | Barbara Knežević Christopher LG Hill Clare Milledge | Consuelo Cavaniglia | Dane Lovett | Daniel Boyd | David Attwood David Griggs | David Noonan | Esther Stewart | Eugenia Lim | Fiona Lowry | Gareth Sansom | Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer & Simon McGlinn (Greatest Hits) | Guy Grabowsky | Heather B. Swann | Isadora Vaughan | Jacobus Capone Jahnne Pasco-White | Jake Walker | James Deutscher | James Tunks | Jason Phu | Jelena Telecki | John Nixon Jon Campbell | Jon Cattapan | Jonny Niesche | Joseph Griffiths | Joshua Petherick | Julia Trybala | Laith McGregor | Lyndell Brown & Charles Green | Manuel Ocampo | Marian Tubbs | Marlee McMahon | Mary Teague | Michael Staniak | Michelle Ussher | Moya McKenna | Nadia Hernández | Nadia Odlum | Nadine Christensen | Narelle Desmond | Nell | Oscar Perry | Patrick Lundberg | Patrick Pound | Reko Rennie | Renee Cosgrave | Renee So | Rohan Wealleans | Ronnie van Hout | Sam Martin | Sarah Contos | Sean Peoples |Séraphine Pick | Sidney McMahon | Stella Corkery | Steve Carr | Sven 't Jolle | Tia Ansell | Tim Bučković Tim McMonagle | Tim Silver | Tom Polo| Tomislav Nikolic | Tony Clark | Tony Schwensen | TV Moore | Yevgeniya Baras | Zac Langdon-Pole.
The exhibition continues until 10 July 2021.
For more information or to request a catalogue get in touch with the gallery.
MATTHEW BARNEY: REDOUBT
Matthew Barney: Redoubt points to a new direction in the work of the renowned artist and film-maker. The exhibition at Hayward Gallery, London, features a series of imposing and intricate sculptures cast from fallen trees alongside more than 40 engravings and electroplated copper plates. Explorations of the sublime, cosmology and modern American political narratives are further explored in the UK premier of a new feature length film shown within Redoubt. The exhibition continues until July 25, 2021.
Image credit:Installation view of Matthew Barney: Redoubt at Hayward Gallery, 2021. © Matthew Barney 2021. Photo: Mark Blower
Contemporary artist John Young has a major solo exhibition at Bunjil Place Gallery. Diaspora, Psyche surveys works spanning 17 years (2003 – 2019) and brings together, for the first time, two cycles of work from Young’s celebrated Double Ground Paintings and his recent History Projects. The exhibition presents an exploration of transculturalism, examining historic expressions of cross-cultural ethics, material and cultural exchange, and the effects of diasporic experience on the psyche. Diaspora, Psyche continues until September 12, 2021
Image credit:John Young, Three Worlds, Winter 2004 (from the Double Ground Paintings: The Persian Paintings), 2004, digital print and oil on Belgian linen, 240 x 240 cm. Courtesy the artist
THE BALLARAT INTERNATIONAL FOTO BIENNALE IS BACK!
The festival program for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale has been announced and it is set to bring together a remarkable number of exhibitions, artists, locations and programs. Over the course of 60 days, the festival will sprawl across the regional city of Ballarat, activating 100 venues through curated exhibitions and public interventions by 260 Australian and international artists.
Founded in 2005, the not-for-profit initiative has positioned itself as a leading art event that identifies and brings together pre-eminent and established photographers, attracting international attention and visitation from art connoisseurs and laymen alike. Now in its 16th year, the 2021 iteration marks the biggest to-date and not only includes an esteemed core program, including a major retrospective exhibition of Linda McCartney and a group exhibition titled We will all eventually return to the earth that brings together contemporary First Nations artists who interrogate notions of colonisation, ownership and cultural legacy, but also boasts an exciting calendar of artist and curator talks, award ceremonies, walking tours, and food and drink experiences. The Ballarat International Foto Biennale commences August 28 and continues until October 24, 2021.
Click below to browse the full program.
Image credit: Linda McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, London, 1967