ON THE COVER: Ali Tahayori, Impossible Desire, 2023. Hand-painted photograph, gouache paint and bodily fluid (semen), 31 x 22cm. Video component 4min 48sec on loop, dimension variable. Courtesy: the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne.


The notable exhibitions to be staged this quarter across the region.

Artworld Analysis
This issue we’re looking at: a curator’s prestige; issues around collective making; art faux pas schadenfreude and Perth’s rebirth as an art capital.

Art Fair Report
The art fairs to take note of in the coming quarter.

On the Couch
Courtney Kidd sits down with Tim Olsen, the man at the helm of Olsen Gallery, now in its thirtieth year of operation.


Under 5k
Our writers present those artists who you might be surprised to learn have work available for less than $5,000 AUD.

Look Out For…
The artists on our radar now.

Pull Focus
Prominent critics zero in on important major works.

Collector’s Dossier
For four decades, Ricky Maynard has questioned photography’s persuasive power. Keith Munro writes.

The Theatre of Domesticity
In James Drinkwater’s latest series, the glamour of New York is worn threadbare by the impetus of time. Luke Létourneau writes.

Sweet Impulse
Spencer Lai serves up desire with a touch of kitsch. Diego Ramírez writes.

Everyday Perfection
Joanna Kitto examines the stillness and repose of Kirsten Coelho’s ceramic works.

Sustaining the Moment
Nathan Hawkes’ works begin with sensation; they are a call and response. Camilla Wagstaff writes.

Queer Light
Ali Tahayori finds light in darkness. Rose of Sharon Leake writes.

Her Own Agenda
Georgia Spain likes to think of each of her painting series as a family. Camilla Wagstaff writes.

Collapsing into Reality
Conor Clarke entangles ways of seeing with ways of living. Lachlan Taylor writes.

Charmed, I’m Sure
Janet Fieldhouse’s cultural knowledge, connection and representation in her earthly works are deeply personal and strongly connected to her identity. Tina Baum writes.

Tess Maunder goes inside Thin Skin at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA.

One Sentence Reviews
Recent exhibitions summed up in a single sentence.


Art Centre: An Ali Curung Renaissance
Kaytetye Country is palpable within the works of artists from Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre.

Dealer: From Kirikiriroa to the World
For Laree Payne, authenticity is key.

If I Could Have
David Williams, curator at White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, selects 10 works on his wish list.

Collector: Focused Fusion
The Graeme and Mabie Briggs Collection of Latin American Art answers the call on the breadth and depth of this region’s art.

Portrait of a Gallerist: Andy Dinan
Andy Dinan continues to shoot for the stars with ambitious gallery programming.

Seen, Heard, Read, Experienced
The book, podcast, streaming series and experience you might like to know about.

We asked art writers what is their favourite art history moment.


Ben Adams is a Sydney-based photographer.

Tina Baum is a Gulumerrgin (Larrakia)/ Wardaman/Karajarri woman who holds the position of Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia.

Paul Brobbel works as a writer and curator and is the current Len Lye Curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Abby Cunnane is a writer and curator based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa.

Brian Doherty is a Melbourne-based photographer.

Briony Downes studied Art History at the University of Oxford and Australian Aboriginal Art at Curtin University, Perth. She has worked in the arts for 20 years as a writer.

Julie Ewington is a writer, curator and broadcaster based in Sydney. She is an authority on contemporary Australian art, especially art by women.

Kelly Fliedner is a Perth-based writer and curator. She is the Collections Officer and Art Consultant for the Australian Government’s Artbank initiative in Western Australia, and a Board Member of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.

Elizabeth Fortescue is a journalist, writer, editor. She is the Arts Editor of the Daily Telegraph, and Australian correspondent for The Art Newspaper.

Dr Andrew Frost works as an art critic, broadcaster and lecturer. Since 2004 he has been the editor of and since 2013 an art critic for The Guardian Australia.

Con Gerakaris is a curator and writer based in Western Sydney on Bidjigal land. His areas of interest frequently revolve around social phenomena, subcultures, contemporary urban experiences and our relationship to the built environment.

Ioana Gordon-Smith is a Sāmoan/Pākehā arts writer and curator living in Aotearoa.

Naomi Haussmann is a Christchurch-based photographer.

Duro Jovicic is a writer currently completing his Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, Melbourne.

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 at Artbank.

Anita King currently holds the position of Project Manager for ACCA Beyond Walls Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Joanna Kitto is a curator and writer in Naarm (Melbourne). She currently holds the position of Director at West Space, an independent contemporary visual arts organisation in Collingwood Yards.

Anna Kučera is a Sydney-based photographer.

Luke Létourneau is the lead of the Curatorial and Collections team 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.

Jacquie Manning is a Sydney-based photographer.

Tess Maunder is a writer, editor and a curator. She has a decade of experience working in the cultural sector both in Australia and overseas; with a focus on programming contemporary visual art practice.

Emil McAvoy is an artist, art writer, educator, gallery professional and consultant.

Kate Micaela is an Auckland-based artist and photographer.

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

Keith Munro is Director First Nations Art and Cultures, at the MCA Australia. He is a descendant of the Kamilaroi (Gomeroi / Gamilaroi/ Gamilarray) people of north-western New South Wales and south-western Queensland, Australia.

Ingrid Periz works out of New York as a critic and curator.

Diego Ramírez works as an artist, writer and arts worker. His practice employs a variety of mediums to unpack representations of otherness from the perspective of a Mexican subject.

Morgan Sette is an Adelaide-based photographer.

Lachlan Taylor is a writer and curator living in Pōneke Wellington. He holds MAs in both Art History (2018) and Creative Writing (2022) from Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington.

Linda Tyler currently holds the position of Convenor of Museums and Cultural Heritage at the University of Auckland.

Hannah Wohl received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University.

Andrew Wood is a writer, poet, critic, art historian, educator, curator and translator based in Christchurch.