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From Bowie to Warhol: Current Exhibitions in Australia

For art and photography lovers, the next couple of months in Australia feature a spate of eclectic exhibitions. While some councils in Australia are actively seeking to undermine the Arts industry, others are fully embracing the importance of art. The most popular exhibition of the moment is the Andy Warhol-Ai Weiwei exhibition at the NGV Melbourne which ends April 24. Looking at the the lives of the two artists, the exhibition emphasises their influence on modern art, featuring more than 300 works from the artists.

Warhol’s work will also be shown in an exhibition (one of two) dedicated to Marilyn Monroe:  Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon is now showing until May 8 at the Murray Art Museum in Albury. It will feature photographs and artwork surrounding Monroe’s illustrious career and enduring pop culture mythology. John McDonald writes in the Sydney Morning Herald:

“Albury has pulled out all stops for this show. The town is covered in pink flags and lights. There are Marilyn Monroe quotations on posters in shop windows. It’s worth going to see a city that is so supportive of arts and culture when other councils in NSW, from Broken Hill to Coffs Harbour, are working to destroy the galleries and audiences that have been built up over many years.”

The second Marilyn exhibition is Marilyn, showing from March 5- July 10, 2016 at the Bendigo Art Gallery. This exhibition will focus more on Monroe’s wardrobe, featuring over 20 original costumes from Monroe’s films.

For architecture buffs, there is Imagine a City: 200 years of public architecture in NSW showing at the State Library of NSW, which includes works by iconic artists and photographers Max Dupain, Lloyd Rees and Harold Cazneaux.

And to honour the late, great David Bowie, the small but popular Blender Gallery in Paddington, known for its music photography, is showing Starman 1947-2016, A Tribute to David Bowie featuring a series of intimate photographs of the revolutionary star.This will be on show from February 27 to April 2.

David Bowie, Mirror 1972 by Mick Rock



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Photography in Australia, 2015

Photography enthusiasts will be happy to learn that a new exhibition, The Photograph and Australia, will be on from March 21- June 8, 2015, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The exhibition will feature the great works of Australian modernist photographers Max Dupain and Olive Cotton, among many others who have had a huge influence on shaping historical images of Australia. Here is the description:

Photography has been crucial in the development of our understanding of Australia as a place and Australians as a people. Tracing the evolution of the medium and its many uses from the 1840s until today, The photograph and Australia investigates the role that photography has played in shaping our view of the world, ourselves and each other. Sourced from more than 35 private and public collections across Australia, New Zealand and England, the exhibition features works by renowned artists, as well as images by unknown photographers and everyday material such as family albums and postcards. Weaving together the multiple threads of Australia’s photographic history, it proposes a new way of thinking about the connections between photography, place and identity. Artists include Morton Allport, Richard Daintree, Paul Foelsche, Samuel Sweet, JJ Dwyer, Charles Bayliss, Frank Hurley, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Max Dupain, Sue Ford, Carol Jerrems, Tracey Moffatt, Simryn Gill, Robyn Stacey, Ricky Maynard, Anne Ferran and Patrick Pound, among many others.

Australian photography began in the 1840s and experienced a boom in the mid-20th century. The Australian Centre for Photography was established in 1973 in Sydney’s vibrant Oxford Street, Paddington, becoming a cornerstone of Sydney’s creative scene, but will this year be moved to a new location, purportedly due to Oxford Street’s lack of accessibility.  Moving it to a more central location has been welcomed by many as a way to expand its audience, while others see it as another blow for the creative but increasingly gentrified Oxford Street. Rebecca Allen at Concrete Playground said in 2014: “It wasn’t long ago that Paddington’s main strip was a definitive hub for local creatives — a melting pot of independent galleries, eclectic boutiques and the big names in Australian fashion. The mass exodus, however, of retail and restaurants in recent years has left the area comparatively lifeless.”

Local photography lovers, however, will still be able to catch a wide range of intriguing exhibitions, including Ireneusz Luty’s City de Noir (see below), which “explores the ordinary moments as absorbed by the intensity of everyday city life, encapsulating the fleeting experience and focuses on the beauty in the mundane. Sydney is re-imagined and re-presented to the viewer in a dark, mysterious and illusory way.” The exhibition will be on from May 11 – June 7, 2015, at the ACP (location to be confirmed). Click here to see the list of future ACP exhibitions. Ticket prices for The Photograph and Australia are available here.


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