NGV x KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
to Apr 13

NGV x KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness

Brian Donnelly (born 1974), aka KAWS, is one of the most prominent and prolific artists of his generation. His body of work straddles the worlds of art, fashion and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street and public art, and fashion, graphic and product design. His work is infused with humour, humanity and affection for our times. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and colour-filled paintings, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are drawn from pop-culture animations and form a distinctive artistic vocabulary.

The exhibition title KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness foregrounds the emotional content of the artist’s work. Through his works KAWS celebrates generosity, support for others and the deep need we have for companionship. KAWS represents someone who is very much of our time in terms of working across contexts and in hybrid and collaborative ways, and his work presents an antidote or rejoinder to the increasingly toxic nature of public discourse and social media, and division within and across societies. He reminds us we need one another and that life should be lived as compassionately as possible to combat this ‘Age of Loneliness’, in the face of fear and hatred.

KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness is a major contribution to the growing international reputation of this contemporary artist. It follows KAWS’s recent solo presentations at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2016), the Yuz Museum Shanghai and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2017) and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation (2019). This exhibition introduces audiences to the full range of KAWS’s artistic output, including a newly commissioned monumental sculpture (his largest bronze sculpture to date), paintings reworking pop-culture figures and an impressive collection of human-scale sculptural figures. KAWS’s collaborations with other artists will be explored in the exhibition and those with major brands on display in the dedicated pop-up shop along with his own products.

An accompanying publication, available from December 2019, features a situating essay by exhibition curator Dr Simon Maidment and a specially commissioned essay by renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood. The book documents KAWS’s artistic practice across his whole career and incorporates installation documentation of the NGV exhibition.


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A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection
to Oct 6

A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection

A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection presents works by 26 Chinese artists, an exciting collaboration between the NGV and arts patron and philanthropist Judith Neilson AM on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the White Rabbit Gallery.

Neilson’s White Rabbit Collection is currently the largest private collection of contemporary Chinese art internationally, containing more than 2500 works by more than 700 artists. More than an art collection, it is a social document that reveals dramatic generational change in Chinese society, culture and contemporary art in the twenty-first century. Since 2009 exhibitions of works from the collection at White Rabbit Gallery have become an accessible point of first contact with contemporary art from China for Australian residents and international visitors alike.

The NGV celebrates Judith Neilson’s visionary endeavour with this selection of works from artists based in mainland China and Taiwan. A Fairy Tale in Red Times reveals the creative energy, technical virtuosity and conceptual richness of artists from two generations: the first post-Mao generation that enthralled Neilson in the early days of building the collection, and the exciting innovations and global reach of a younger generation for whom the Cultural Revolution is ancient history.


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to Dec 14


In collaboration with Project Eleven and curated by Santy Saptari#Perempuan(or woman), is a group exhibition featuring works by emerging Indonesian artists that explores current issues affecting women in Indonesia, including their visibility in public and sociocultural role. Artists include: Arum Dayu, Erwin Windu Pranata, Meliantha Muliawan, Octora, Patricia Untoro, Puri Fidhini, Etza Meisyara, Ruth Marbun, Tandia Bambang Permadi and Yaya Sung.

Project Eleven is a philanthropic initiative that supports artists and projects that explore new frontiers with a particular focus on the cultural exchange of Asian contemporary visual art and new music.

Supported by Victorian College of the Arts.

Opening Night: 5 Dec 2018 (Wed), 6 – 8 PM
Exhibition Dates: 6 – 14 Dec 2018, 10 AM – 5 PM (Closed on Sunday)
Space 28 VCA Performing Arts

30 Dodds St, Southbank, VIC 3006
Wheelchair accessible venue.

Guided Tour With Artists: 6 Dec (Thu), 2.30 PM (FREE)
Meet the artists and hear them talk about their works and creative processes.

Guided Tour With Curator: 8 & 14 Dec (Sat & Fri), 2.30 PM (FREE)

#Perempuan is presented as part of Mapping Melbourne 2018.


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Melbourne Art Fair
to Aug 5

Melbourne Art Fair

Melbourne Art Fair returns 2-5 August [Vernissage, 1 August]. The 2018 edition will showcase a curated selection of 40 leading galleries, presenting works by some of the newest and most respected contemporary artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region.As the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week [30 July – 5 August], Melbourne Art Fair has partnered with 50+ galleries and cultural institutions across Australia’s capital of culture to create a dynamic calendar of talks, tours, events and performances that will celebrate contemporary art and encourage participation and discourse. 

Image: Sam Jinks, Reunion 2016, Silicone, pigment, resin, human. Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strump (Sydney)

Fair Admission
Adult: $30 (Door $32) / Concession: $28 (Door: $30)
Groups & Schools (10 people or more for advance bookings only): $24 

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Sphere - OTK'S 11th Bday Show
to Apr 19

Sphere - OTK'S 11th Bday Show

phere is an exhibition which examines the human condition; birth, growth, emotion, aspiration, conflict, 
and mortality. It discusses the meaning of life; why are we here, why do we exist. It delves into aspects of transformation
and change -going from dark to light. Sphere investigates the topic of existentialism as discussed
by philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Sartre.

Off the Kerb celebrates its 11th birthday with this group exhibition by donating 10% of proceeds
from sale of art to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is both a place and a movement. 
They are an independent not-for-profit organisation, whose programs support and empower
people seeking asylum. As a movement, they mobilise and unite communities to create lasting social and policy change.

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Personal Avatar by John Nicholson
to Apr 14

Personal Avatar by John Nicholson

Personal Avatar by John Nicholson at Sophie Gannon Gallery

28 March - 14 April 2018 - Opening night

Personal Avatars features works that are experiential, calling for viewer presence and participation. Standing before a mirror fabricated from multiple layers of coloured screens, the viewer scans for their reflection on the other side, with each work incomplete until the viewer places themselves within it. The presence of the viewer activates the work and vice versa. Negotiating the personal avatars is personal and unique. Four layers of reflective material referencing the colour separation process, CMYK, and digital technologies, give the transferred image a depth implying a real space. In the gallery, the viewer’s reflection takes on a kind of backlit, televisual code, a distorted version of the body while it moves through time and space. Every move and interaction with light is recorded. The viewer must decode and rebuild images constantly. Just as an image has been processed, it disappears with a flash of light like a TV powering off.

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NGV Triennial
to Apr 15

NGV Triennial

Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world of art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives.

A free exhibition, the NGV Triennial is a celebration of contemporary art and design practice that traverses all four levels of NGV International, as well as offering a rich array of programs.

The NGV Triennial explores cutting edge technologies, architecture, animation, performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.

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