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Premonitions: Monash University Collection 1961-2007

16 February–4 May

McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park

Curators and text: Kirrily Hammond, Penny Teale

Artists: James Angus, Howard Arkley, Lauren Berkowitz, Kate Beynon, Peter Booth, John Brack, Pat Brassington, Janet Burchill, Ian Burn, Stephen Bush, Nadine Christensen, Peter Cripps, Adam Cullen, Aleks Danko, Juan Davila, Destiny Deacon, Mikala Dwyer, Dale Frank, Simryn Gill, Peter Graham, Brent Harris, Robert Hunter, Raafat Ishak, Roger Kemp, Nick Mangan, Linda Marrinon, Tracey Moffatt, Callum Morton, Rose Nolan, David Noonan, Robert Owen, Ti Parks, Mike Parr, John Perceval, Rosslynd Piggott, Kerrie Poliness, Scott Redford, Robert Rooney, Giles Ryder, Kathy Temin, Peter Tyndall, Louise Weaver, Anne Zahalka, Constanze Zikos.

The Monash University Collection is recognised as one of the leading and most adventurous collections of Australian contemporary art. Since its establishment in 1961, the collection has maintained a focus on new work by emerging and established artists, and now represents a unique overview of cutting edge Australian art from the 1960s to the present.

Held as part of the Monash University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, this survey exhibition at McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Parkreveals its currency, depth and diversity of the collection, with particular focus upon abstraction, minimalism and conceptual art; pop art, identity and suburbia; and representations of the body.

With a selection of key works by over forty artists, Premonitions presents the opportunity to revisit iconic, provocative and innovative art that imagined the future, and continues to resonate today. For more information...

Without Borders: Outsider Art in an Antipodean Context

16 April–21 June

Monash University Museum of Art, Clayton

Curators: Glenn Barkley, Peter Fay

Artists: Alvaro Alvarez, Norman Ballou, Slim Barrie, Morton Bartlett, Laron Bickerstaff, Leigh Blenkinsop, Sue Chan, Thanh Diep, John Ellenden and Matthew Hopkins, Howard Finster, Rolfe Hattaway, Carol Hiltunen, John Hiltunen, Warren Jee, Colin Korovin, Jonathan Lunt, John Patrick Mckenzie, Cameron Noble, Jodie Noble, Bill Payne, Lisa Reid, Jose Dos Santos, Gordon Shepard, Alex Schwitalia, Judith Scott, Amy Szostak, Reece Tong, William Tyler, Alfred Wallis, Miles Howard Wilks.

Developed in partnership with Campbelltown Arts Centre. Sydney dates: 30 August–21 September

Without Borders considers the place of ‘outsider art’ and situates the work of Australian and New Zealand artists in an international, trans-historical context. For more information...

Siri Hayes: Landscapes

14 May–19 June

Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design

Touring to University Art Gallery, University of Sydney

Curator and text: Kyla McFarlane

With an eye to the romantic sublime and another on the burgeoning urban sprawl, Siri Hayes’ photographic landscapes are at once lyrical and down-at-heel. Drawing on a wide range of influences, from the paintings of Nicolas Poussin to Jeff Wall’s photographic tableaux, her theatrical, expansive compositions explore our social and cultural relationship to land and locality. For more information...

Laurence Aberhart / James Newitt: I Notice These Little Things How They Change

5 June–12 July

Faculty Gallery, Faculty of Art and Design

Curator and texts: Geraldine Barlow

These parallel exhibitions offer the photographs of highly regarded New Zealand artist Laurence Aberhart adjacent to the work of emerging Tasmanian artist James Newitt. Whilst each exhibition takes its form from the internal logic of the artist’s practice, there are also shared interests which flow between these separate bodies of work. For more information...

Diena Georgetti: The Humanity of Abstract Painting 1988 - 2008

2 July–6 September

Monash University Museum of Art, Clayton

Developed in association with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Brisbane dates: 18 October–29 November

Curators: Max Delany, Robert Leonard

Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, in partnership with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, is pleased to present the first major survey exhibition of leading Australian artist Diena Georgetti. The Humanity of Abstract Painting reveals two decades of Georgetti’s enigmatic and elusive artistic practice; from her early blackboard paintings that achieved considerable critical attention when first shown in the late 1980s, to recent paintings that co-opt early modernist styles to new ends. This survey exhibition will present the full scope of Georgetti’s intriguing and diverse oeuvre, allowing us to take stock of its breadth and development. The Humanity of Abstract Painting 1988-2008 will bring together works from various private collections throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as several public collections. For more information...


10 September–9 October

Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design

Curator: Kirrily Hammond

Artists: Guy Benfield, Andrea Blundell, Nadine Christensen, Peter Ellis, Julia Gorman, Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, Gregory Harrison, Guan Wei, Petr Herel, Miroslav Holub, Philip Hunter, Matthew Johnson, Sarina Lirosi, Nick Mangan, Moya McKenna, James Morrison, David Noonan, Geoffrey Ricardo, Leah Schnaars, Nick Stephenson, Ruth Waller, Louise Weaver

Revelling in the freedom of artistic invention, and drawing on a myriad of sources including literature, art history and the fantastic, the works in Fictions suspend our everyday realities, prompting contemplation of the nature of creativity and imagination. For more information...

Folded: Works from the Monash University Collection with Selected Loans

6 October–31 October

Faculty Gallery, Faculty of Art and Design

Curator: Kyla McFarlane

Artists: John Brack, Pat Brassington, Gerald Brockhurst, Fred Cress, Roy De Maistre, Mikala Dwyer, Paul Knight, Lindy Lee, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Linda Marrinon, Robert Owen, Simone Slee, Andrea Tu, Meredith Turnbull, Anthony van Dyck, Caroline Williams, Anders Zorn.

Taking as its starting point Linda Marrinon’s playfully draped and posed sculpture Woman in highwaisted pants 2007, Folded selects works from the Monash University Collection, with additional loans, that delve into the realms of gesture, drape and fold. Moving between the figurative and non-figurative, the solid and the fragile, the exhibition features both historical and contemporary works. For more information...

The Ecologies Project

17 September–22 November

Monash University Museum of Art, Clayton

Artists: Laurence Aberhart, Lauren Berkowitz, Chris Bond, Angela Brennan, Paul Buwang Buwang, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Joyce Campbell, Mikala Dwyer, Michael Corridore, Peter Dombrovskis, Brodie Ellis, Anna Ephraim, Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi, Andrew Hazewinkel, Susan Jacobs, Ash Keating, Nick Mangan, Dhuwarrwarr Marika, Mandy Martin, Vera Möller, James Morrison, Anne Noble, Henry Nupurra, Raquel Ormella, Fiona Pardington, Luke Pither, Adam Pyett, Stuart Ringholt, Ewen Ross, Sandra Selig, Andrew Sinclair, Eileen Yaritja Stevens, Lisa Stewart, Ricky Swallow, Christian Thompson, Michelle Ussher, Rohan Wealleans, Roy Wiggan, John Wolseley

Curators: Geraldine Barlow, Kyla McFarlane

What is this project that we are now undertaking, as we globally seek a new balance with the ecological systems that sustain us? Will endgame, apocalyptic visions drive change, or can our wonder in the natural world inspire the creation of a brighter future? Artists have long drawn inspiration from nature, as well as being advocates for a sustainable relationship between humanity and the environment. Now that a need for change has become broadly accepted, what role for art? The Ecologies Project includes work by 40 artists exploring issues of sustainability, climate change and the idea of ecology as both form and metaphor. For more information...

Primary Views: Artists Curate the Monash University Collection

3 December 2008–28 March 2009

Monash University Museum of Art, Clayton

Artists: Howard Arkley, Paul Bai, Chris Barry, Charles Blackman, Peter Booth, Arthur Boyd, Stephen Bram, Horace Brodzky, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Ian Burn, Jane Burton, Domenico de Clario, Clyde Clinton, Noel Counihan, Mutlu Çerkez, Juan Davila, John Dunkley-Smith, Richard Dunn, Louise Forthun, John Heartfield, Bill Henson, Lynn Hershman, Ronnie Van Hout, Rafaat Ishak, Rosemary Laing, Robert Macpherson, Tracey Moffatt, John Nixon, Jacky Redgate, William Robins, Paul Saint, Dada Samson, Jan Senbergs, Wolfgang Sievers

Curators: Stephen Bram, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Juan Davila, Kirrily Hammond

Primary Views invites four artists represented in the Monash University Collection to curate a self-contained exhibition from the Collection, according to their own areas of interest, expertise and aesthetic/discursive predilections. Primary Views considers the role of the artist as curator, encouraging new readings of the collection, and more partial, polemical and aberrant artistic historiographies. For more information...

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