ART FIX | Art entertainment for isolation

“Contemporary art challenges us.. it broadens our horizons. It asks us to think beyond the limits of conventional wisdom.”

– Eli Broad


To visit:
Some Mysterious Process: 50 Years of Collecting International Contemporary Art by Michael Brand at the AGNSW

Curated by Gallery Director Michael Brand, Some Mysterious Process: 50 Years of Collecting International Contemporary Art weaves together multiple threads of history and tells the story of how the AGNSW’s international contemporary collection came together. We are invited to reflect not only on the past, but on the future of collecting and curation. This is a real must see.

Click here to find out more about this exhibition.


Featured artwork: David Hockney (b. 1937) A Closer Winter Tunnel, February – March 2006, oil on canvas, 182.88 × 365.76 cm
Collection of The Art Gallery of New South Wales


To watch
Sydney Modern animated flythrough


Designed by SANAA, the Pritzker Architecture Prize winning firm, the much anticipated Sydney Modern project is well underway. In the fly-through below we see the interconnections of the historical building with the new, it’s dynamic design, the landscaping and an exciting public Art Garden. 

A special first glimpse into the unique Oil Tank Gallery allows us to see how innovation and sustainable design has been used to bring together art, architecture and landscape in exciting new ways in one of the world’s most beautiful cultural precincts.

Click here to find out more about the Sydney Modern project and watch the video below. 


To auction
This week’s auction results: $85 Million Bacon Ushers in a New Era of Evening Auctions


This week at Sotheby’s The Contemporary Art Evening Auction achieved a total of $234.9 million – and saw several auction records. Leading the night was Francis Bacon’s 1981 large-format masterwork Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus.
Click here to read the full article. 


To read: 
Monet’s Table: The Cooking Journals of Claude Monet  by Claire Joyes

Written by the wife of Madame Monet’s great grandson, Claire Joyes brings an exciting and evocative collection of recipes straight from the journals of Claude Monet. Sumptuously illustrated with the artist’s own paintings, one can now indulge in delicious meals that were once served to the great painter’s family, friends and fellow artists. First published in 1989, this vintage book provides a unique (and tasty) insight into life during the turn-of-the-century through food and paint; it’s worth buying for the artworks alone. 


Featured artwork: Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) The Galette 1882, oil on canvas, 65 x 81cm
Collection of the National Gallery, London


To listen: 
Artist Voice by the Museum of Contemporary Art


“Art is going to play an important role in helping society reconnect.”
– Gemma Smith


This series reflects on how art practices have changed and adapted over the last few months, ponders the future of art and explores some of the core issues artists are facing today. Read, listen and watch these short yet intimate conversations between artists and MCA curators. They provide some real food for thought.

Click here to browse interviews from Gemma Smith, Khaled Sabassi, Karla Dickens, Phuong Ngo and more.
You can also watch the interview with Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro below.  


To review: 
Jeff Koons: A retrospective reviewed by Justin Miller 


The Whitney Museum’s Jeff Koons retrospective of 2014 was a riveting overview of one of contemporary art’s most controversial practitioners. Here we flashback to Justin’s review of the exhibition. A little bit of New York dreaming!

Click here to watch or press play above.