CURRENT ISSUE

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ON THE COVER: Pilar Mata Dupont, La Mano, 2021.  Photo print (photo production by Tony Nathan at Studio-OPPA), acrylic face mounted on aluminium, edition of 5, 120 x 90cm. Courtesy: the artist and Moore Contemporary, Perth.

UPFRONT

Previews
The noteable exhibitions to be staged across the region this quarter.

Cultural capital
Are you a fickle wanna-be, a visionary or woke as f**k? What does your art collection say about you?

Agenda
Interest in design objects is increasing among the art collector set.

Money sullies art
Don’t collect art, for love or money.

With all due respect
We ask gallerists if the secondary market is a farce, as Banksy seems to believe.

Behind the scenes
With an increasing number of contemporary works showing up at auction, we wondered what that might mean for artists and their gallerists.

On the couch
Pitch up for Aotearoa Art Fair’s latest unveiling: TENT.

Inside the covers
How contemporary art is really created and judged.

Art fair report
The art fairs and events in our calendars this quarter.

Lifecycle
Millennials are now the biggest spenders on art. How did that happen?

ARTISTS

What next?
These artists are on our radar now.

Pull focus
Just one work, the artist and a critic.

NATSIAA 2021
A roundup of standouts from this year’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

Critic’s choice
Artistic director of Adelaide’s Tarnanthi, Nici Cumpston, presents five standout artists exhibiting at the festival this year.

Collector’s dossier
Sasha Grishin reflects on the remarkable life and work of centenarian artist Guy Warren.

Dark past; new hope
Andrew Nicholls on how Pilar Mata Dupont discovered the fractured narrative of her ancestry.

The impetus of doubt
Jo Higgins on how Tonee Messiah proposes new terrain.

The artist’s gambit
Gemma Smith is playing games with us and she’s winning. Julie Ewington writes.

A rising sun
Louise Martin-Chew on how Dino Wilson tells old stories in new ways.

Houston, we have a problem
Daniel Mudie Cunningham on how Joan Ross attempts a rewrite of our colonial history.

The next life
The work of Andrew Hazewinkel finds space for time. Andrew Frost writes.

All is in order
Luke Létourneau asks why is artist Jonathan Dalton dealing in fakes.

Part and parcel
Judy Darragh combines the social, political and personal. Sue Gardiner writes.

COLLECTING

Art Centre: laying roots
Artists at Mimili Maku Arts are reclaiming their Aṉangu roots.

Dealer: new territory
Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert is making its mark in both art and design.

Collector: love and philanthropy
Tasmanian collector Jo Marshall is not a risk taker, but she knows when a good piece of art speaks to her.

If I could have
Curator Judith Blackall selects 10 works on her wish list.

Exhibition
Inside Clay Dynasty, The Powerhouse Museum’s new, mammoth staging of Australian studio ceramics.

Exhibition
Artist Lindy Lee reflects on the practice of Rob Scott-Mitchell, her partner in life and love.

Survey
We asked prominent collectors what contemporary art brings to their lives.

One sentence reviews
Recent exhibitions summed up in a single sentence.

CONTRIBUTORS +

Judith Blackall has extensive experience in contemporary Australian art through her work as a curator, exhibition manager and program director.

Daniel Browning is a journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker, sound artist and writer. He is the current editor of Indigenous Radio at the ABC and is the presenter of Radio National’s The Art Show.

Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman who writes fiction, essays and poetry while (mostly) travelling around the continent now called Australia in a ragged caravan towed by an ancient troopy.

Gabriella Coslovich has more than 20 years’ experience as a freelance writer. She was a senior arts writer at The Age in Melbourne for 15 years.

Nici Cumpston currently holds positions as the artistic director of Tarnanthi, South Australia and the curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Anabel Dean is a former Sydney Morning Herald and Bulletin journalist. She works as a freelance writer and host for The Art Gallery of New South Wales and a guide at National Art School. 

Mara Desipris is a photographer based in Athens, Greece.

Briony Downes studied Art History at Oxford University and Australian Aboriginal Art at Curtin University, Perth. She lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania and has worked in the arts for 20 years as a writer and art theory tutor.

Nick De Lorenzo is a Sydney-based photographer.

Julie Ewington is a writer, curator and broadcaster based in Sydney. An authority on contemporary Australian art, she has held esteemed academic and curatorial positions.

Andrew Frost is an art critic, broadcaster and lecturer. Since 2004 he has been the editor of theartlife.com.au and since 2013, an art critic for Guardian Australia.

Sue Gardiner has been an art writer since 1999 and is a Trustee of the Chartwell Trust. She was recently made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the arts.

Sasha Grishin has authored more than 25 books on art and has served as the art critic for The Canberra Times for 40 years. He is an emeritus professor at the Australian National University, Canberra.

Jo Higgins consults on peer-led gallery education practices and arts partnership projects. She is also a writer, editor, researcher and project manager.

Jesse Hunniford is a Hobart-based photographer.

Lili Huston-Herterich is a photographer based in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Victoria Hynes lives and works in Sydney as a freelance arts writer and editor. Hynes has contributed to arts publications for more than two decades, as well as previously holding the position as deputy editor for Australian Art Review and former arts journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Courtney Kidd has written for publications including Artist Profile, Art Monthly Australasia, Art + Australia and The Sydney Morning Herald. She is also an art consultant with Artbank.

Lindy Lee is an artist who has exhibited extensively in Australia and throughout the world. She is represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

Luke Létourneau is a writer and curator based in Sydney. Since 2018 he has worked as Curator at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

Louise Martin-Chew has been writing about the visual arts for 25 years. She completed a doctorate at the University of Queensland in 2019, and remains an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland.

Helen McKenzie conducts international art tours for Art Collector readers and works out of Sydney as an art adviser and freelance writer.

Carrie Miller is an independent writer who has contributed social and cultural commentary to a range of national publications. She is also an occasional curator, and has recently curated the forthcoming there’s a crack in everything at Wollongong Art Gallery in 2022.

Jacqueline Millner lectures in art history and visual culture and is currently associate professor, Visual Arts at La Trobe University.

Tai Mitsuji is a writer and art historian who holds a Masters in Art History from the University of Oxford.

Joanna Mendelssohn was one of the first graduates in Fine Arts at The University of Sydney, studying under Bernard Smith and Donald Brook. She is an honorary principal fellow at the Centre of Visual Arts, University of Melbourne.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham is the director of programs at Carriageworks, Sydney. Recently, he curated The National 2019: New Australian Art; initiated The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship and led the curatorial delivery of a public art strategy tied to the redevelopment of Sydney’s South Eveleigh.

Andrew Nicholls has curated projects for institutions including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Object Galleries Sydney. He is a practicing artist, curator and writer based in Perth.

Hanahiva Rose (Te Atiawa and Ngāi Tahu) is a curator, art historian and writer. Her research on Māori and Pacific art practices in Aotearoa New Zealand has been widely published.

Kate Veitch is an Australian journalist and author of two novels, Listen, 2006 and Trust, 2010, both published by Penguin.

Sharne Wolff is an arts writer and critic. She has written on art for numerous publications including Art Monthly Australia and Guardian Australia.

Chloé Wolifson is a Sydney-based writer, researcher and curator. She is a regular contributor to Art Monthly Australasia and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Coen Young is a Sydney-based artist represented by Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney and Fox Jensen McCrory, Auckland.