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2018

WA Now – Biomess – The TIissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts / Ionat Zurr)

8 September – 3 December 2018

 

Based at the University of Western Australia, SymbioticA hosted the research of The Tissue Culture and Art Project (Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr). The artists have been exploring the intersections of science and art since 1996.

 

Together, and with their expanded team of artists and scientists, they explore the creative and ethical implications of developments in the biological sciences. They investigate about what science is doing, what it is capable of, and how our conceptions of life might be altered in the process and how futures might be shaped accordingly. In doing so, they also open up important questions about how we categorise life forms that ask us to rethink what it is to be human.

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture

27 October – 26 November 2018

 

The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture is celebrating its twelfth anniversary in 2018 and its third year at the Art Gallery of WA.

 

40 finalists from across Australia have been chosen from over 500 artists who entered this year's prestigious prize, the second largest total since ARTrinsic Inc conceived the event 12 years ago.

Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series
11 Aug 12 Nov 2018

Ned Kelly seen through Sidney Nolan’s rebel masterpiece series, explores themes of identity, individuality, a strong sense of place and vivid brushwork, which have cemented this series of outlaw Ned Kelly in Australia’s psyche of national identity.

Micro Galleries – Sky & Garden

1 May 25 October 2018

The Micro Galleries, Sky and Garden Gallery, feature works from the Wesfarmers collection and change twice a year.

Chinese Ceramics Revealed, 5th Century BC – 1983: Highlights from the Yuen Collection

16 June – 17 September 2018

The seventy-six objects on display comprise a selection from the extensive collection of Chinese ceramics belonging to Albert Yuen, a Perth-based Hong Kong native with a longstanding passion and knowledge for this particular aspect of Chinese art.

The works range from the 5th century BCE to the late 20th century, covering all important moments for Chinese ceramics under the Warring States, Han, Jin, Tang, Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as the People’s Republic of China.

WA Now – Julie Dowling – Babanyu (Friends for life)

3 February – 20 August 2018

The exhibition takes a step back in time to a period (1993–2005) when First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, emerged as one of the most important artists in Western Australia and the country.

In this period, the real-life stories she shared about First Nations peoples’ experience in this country were abrupt, brutal and challenging. Many of the stories she shared were, and still are, largely unknown or acknowledged in mainstream Australian society.

Year 12 Perspectives 2017

17 March – 16 July 2018

Year 12 Perspectives showcases work by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in WA, and is a barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling.

In 2018, fifty-five works were displayed by students from across Western Australia, spanning a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles.

Prominent themes in this year’s display included family, international politics and human impact on nature.


A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence

24 February – 18 June 2018

Featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings by Italian artists such as Botticelli, Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Pontormo – these extraordinary works of art have been preserved over centuries, surviving the devastation of World War II and the great flood of Florence.

This personal collection includes portraits, landscapes, mythological and religious paintings, plus fascinating decorative objects and furniture from the Palazzo Corsini.

Leaving the city it’s called home for 500 years, this is the first time this collection has toured outside Italy and will be the only showing in Australia.


Tom Malone Prize 2018

31 March – 28 May 2018

Glass is one of the most exciting and dynamic art forms in this country. It is a uniquely captivating medium, capable of almost endless transformation. Glass provides a perfect vehicle for the exploration of a range of themes, from the personal to the observational, and Australian makers are some of the world leaders in the medium.


Screen Space Kimsooja

17 February – 21 May 2018

Sewing into walking by Korean artist Kimsooja is a major highlight of the Gallery’s holdings of contemporary international art. The work is comprised of bundles of clothes and sewn cloth, a large-scale projection and a stack of three monitors.

Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures

14 October 2017 – 29 January 2018

Discover a passionate film-maker – admire a screen legend – celebrate a local hero

Film legend Heath Ledger was a charismatic movie star who pushed the boundaries of acting in his iconic roles. This unique exhibition has been curated by the WA Museum in partnership with AGWA. From his teenage years in Western Australia to his final role as Tony in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), the exhibition follows a career driven by the actor’s passion for creativity.


WA Now – Gregory Pryor Looking Glass
2 September 2017 15 January 2018

WA artist Gregory Pryor has created an immersive new work Looking Glass which draws upon his investigations into isolated landscapes of Western Australia which can be read as meditations upon the residues of country as well as explorations of the role that environmental and cultural loss plays in shaping the landscape.









 


 






 



 

 

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