In the Art World: 28 November – 5 December

Living legends and local heroes abound in the upcoming week’s events at galleries around the country.

1: Lucas Grogan, The End Of The World

Jan Manton Art, 1/93 Fortesque St, Spring Hill, Brisbane QLD. December 1-22. Gallery open Saturdays 10am-4pm or by appointment.

Melbourne-based artist Lucas Grogan uses painting, drawing, needlepoint and installation to deal with themes of otherness and exclusion, sometimes by (controvercially) utilising Indigenous or exoticist painting methods. Grogan’s new show, The End of the World, undercuts this interest in primitivism and tribal techniques with his signature sense of humour.

2: Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940-2011
Gallery 1-3, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide SA. Until December 14.

The Samstag’s retrospective of Adelaidean expat painter Jeffrey Smart is almost over! Six decades of the legendary artist’s work are now on show, drawing on a large range of his oeuvre and featuring his well-known studies of industrial wastelands and concrete streetscapes. 

3: The Photography of Jeff Wall
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC. November 30-March 17.

Best known for his meticulously orchestrated backlit photographs, Jeff Wall’s images seem to capture cinematic production in a single frame. The NGV will hold a retrospective of the Canadian artist’s iconic images until March 17.

4: Trevelyan Clay, Altar
Neon Parc, Level 1, 53 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC. November 29-December 21. Opening Thursday November 29, 6-8pm. 

Trevelyan Clay’s vivid paintings have been causing a bit of a stir around the Melbourne art scene of late. Merging the lo-fi with hi-fi, his geometric Altar paintings are often reminiscent of a 1980s analog TV’s no signal display, but counteract the digital theme with rough lines caused by coarse paint and masking tape.

5: Heaven or Las Vegas, group show
Galerie pompom, 2/39 Abercrombie St, Chippendale, Sydney NSW. December 4-22.

Taking its name from a Cocteau Twins song, the new group exhibition at Galerie pompom features works by artists working in various mediums: such as Vivian Cooper Smith’s urban landscapes, Michael Moran’s sculpted figures, Charles Dennington’s pop model making and Craig Bender’s landscapes and more.

6: Peter Tyndall
Anna Schwarz Gallery, 245 Wilson St, Darlington, Sydney NSW. Until December 22. 

Anna Schwarz Gallery is exhibiting the full extent of acclaimed Australian conceptual artist Peter Tyndall’s work for the first time – 20 years of it – but don’t be alarmed that all of his artworks have the same name. His pieces are hardly as uniform as their shared title would suggest, playing with conventions of pop art to express heavy issues belying the images’ irreverence.


All images courtesy galleries and artists.


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