Perusing art galleries on a Sunday afternoon is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
From big institutions such as the MCA, to smaller galleries such as White Rabbit, here’s a collection of exhibitions showing this weekend.
Vile Bodies at White Rabbit Gallery
We all know White Rabbit Gallery; we see the little painted creature on the pavement all over the city. This privately owned, not-for-profit gallery is the place to visit if you have a fascination with 21st-century Chinese art, and its current exhibition is a must-see. The Vile Bodies exhibition explores the idea of monsters and mutant bodies in the context of China’s beast mythology, and the “real” monsters the country has created as a result of its social, political, environmental and scientific experiments. Be warned, some of the works are confronting. Take Zhang Dali’s 30 Chinese Offspring, which involves 30 “bodies”, hanging from the ceiling.
Until January 5, 2017.
Primavera 2016 – Young Australian Artists at the MCA
This annual exhibition celebrates Australian artists under 35. This year’s [Primavera] explores notions of transmission, showing how art can have a physical connection with the viewer. Expect to see works from Pia van Gelder, Adelle Mills, Emily Parsons-Lord and Steven Cybulka. Each artist has created an original work for Primavera.
Until December 4, 2016.
Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced at the Powerhouse Museum
After downsizing her retail-and-wholesale operations in 2013, Collette Dinnigan is still celebrated as one of Australia’s most successful fashion designers. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced features a collection of archival pieces from the Museum’s collection and Dinnigan’s personal archive, as well as lace and embellished ensembles and accessories that show off her signature style. A good one for the fashion-intrigued.
Until January 29, 2017.
Tributes at the Brett Whiteley Studio
Australian artist Brett Whiteley’s old studio is hidden in the back streets of Surry Hills. It now operates as a gallery managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is open and free to the public. Be greeted by two giant matches at the front door, then step back in time. While part of the upstairs area has been kept in the same condition as when the artist died of an overdose in 1992, the downstairs area hosts mini, rotating exhibitions of Whiteley’s works. The studio is currently showing a selection of his mono-prints, drawings and paintings that pay tribute to, and are inspired by Francis Bacon, Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Bob Dylan and Arthur Rimbaud.
Until November 13, 2016.
WildThing: Animals in Contemporary Australian Art at the Mosman Art Gallery
This exhibition examines animals in contemporary Australian art. Offering both humorous and thought-provoking works, it communicates important social and ethical issues related to the commodification of animals in our society. Expect to see etchings, paintings, photographs and video from a range of artists including Lisa Adams, Daniel Boyd, Rew Hanks and David Noonan.
Until November 27.
A Journal at Sabbia Gallery
Sabbia Gallery in Paddington’s arts district is exhibiting a collection of works from glass-artist Tim Edwards. Closing tomorrow, Edwards’s A Journal features glass works that have been blown or shaped, then cut, carved and ground. Edwards’s journey from ceramics to glass has meant he has developed great surface-manipulation skills. Prepare to see glass works that offer a weird (for glass) opaqueness that make some of them look almost like ceramics.
Until November 5, 2016.
Sculpture by the Sea at the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk
Despite the slight hiccup caused by a freak wave last week, this classic Bondi event is in its 20th year. Set on the coastal walk between Bondi beach and Tamarama, the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition features Australian and international artists along the two-kilometre temporary sculpture park. Highlights along the walk include Chinese artist Zheng Yuan Lu’s Chronic Series-no-1, 1L, 2L, 8+5L as well as Australian artists Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy’s life-size metaphoric bulldozer.
Until November 6, 2016.