ART FIX | Art entertainment for isolation

Robert Hughes on Caravaggio: 
“Popular in our time, unpopular in his. So runs the stereotype of rejected genius.”



To watch
First Nations Arts Awards from Australian Arts Council

On the 27th May the First Nations Arts Awards aired online to celebrate lifetime achievements, recognise emerging Aboriginal artists and to announce the recipient of the prestigious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellowship. Given the mounting success of Aboriginal art abroad, as reported in the Financial Times, (click here to view) there is so much to celebrate. With an incredible line up of nominees this exploration of contemporary Aboriginal art is a must see. 
Click here to find out more about the 2020 winners. 


To tour:
Do It (Australia) from Kaldor Art Projects

One of the longest-running and far-reaching artist led projects is back with Do It (Australia) 2020. Featuring Tracey Moffatt, Rafael Bonachela and Thom Van Dooren, Do It (Australia) invites audiences to follow an artist’s instruction, enter their worlds, and realise their own artworks. This exciting immersive concept was co-curated by Hans Ulricht Obrist, Emily Sullivan and Monique Leslie Watkins. From meditations, to interacting with nature, technology, the environment and beyond, please enjoy the below performative experience from Lebanese-Australian artist Khaled Sabassi titled Mental Floss 777 (2020):

Click here to explore Do It (Australia).

Khaled Sabassi Mental Floss 777 (2020)


To read: 
Stravinksky’s Lunch by Drusilla Modjeska

Telling the stories of the extraordinary Australian female painters Stella Bowen and Grace Cossington Smith, we follow these artists’ divergent careers. This evocative and insightful dual biography looks at the intersections of  love, political life and the artistic pursuits of these pioneering women and the impact they had in Australia and beyond. 


To search: 
The search for Australia’s hidden Archibald Portraits 
with the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Do you have information or images of Archibald works that you can share? 
Is the portrait in your family’s dining room or your grandparents’ attic actually a former Archibald finalist?


The Art Gallery of New South Wales is calling on Australians everywhere to search their homes and collections for artworks and provide information on former Archibald Prize winners and entrants. The gallery has helpfully listed all the artists included in their search which extends to Wynne and Sulman prize contenders. If you own an artwork from one of Australia’s revered Archibald, Wynne or Sulman entrants or have any information on them, please get in touch with the AGNSW and support this nationwide search for Australia’s hidden Archibald portraits. 
Click here for more information on the search.


To listen:
Defining Moments: Australian Exhibition Histories 1968–1999 by ACCA

Taking a deeper look at landmark exhibitions and the key moments that shaped Australian art history, this free video lecture series by the ACCA brings forth some interesting questions and highlights the turning points in Australian art history. Running from May 25th until October 18th, the depth and breadth of this series is truly remarkable and covers everything from Recession art and other strategies, (Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1985) to the monumental Fluent: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Judy Watson, (Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 1997). 

PS. Partnered with the ACCA, the Melbourne Gin Company will be releasing fabulous cocktail recipes for you to make at home and enjoy during these lectures. What a treat!

Click here to explore.