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ON THE COVER: Harry McAlpine, Never imagined the void would emit so much light, 2021. Charcoal on cotton rag, 76 x 56cm. Courtesy: the artist and Laree Payne Gallery, Hamilton.

SUBSCRIBER EDITION COVER: Dean Cross, Axiom #1, 2021. Fabricated neon, edition of 3, 140 x 110cm. Installation view at Bundanon Art Museum, Illaroo. Photo: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy: the artist, Yavuz Gallery, Sydney and Singapore and Bundanon Art Museum, Illaroo.

UPFRONT

100 and Counting
We reflect on a quarter century in print.

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

Cultural Capital
100 things that make the art world go around.

Agenda
TikTok is opening up new avenues for contemporary art criticism and collecting.

Money Sullies Art
Does an artist’s side hustle detract from their main game?

The Test of Time
What gives this artist/gallerist relationship longevity?

With All Due Respect
After the sale or donation of their work, what rights does an artist have?

Behind the Scenes
Could the numbers of an artist’s social media following influence gallerists or collectors?

Art Fair Report
The art fairs and biennales to take note of in 2022.

On the Couch
We chat to Amrit Gill, CEO of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Lifecycle
When your walls, floors and tables are full, how do you keep contributing to the art world?

ARTISTS

Undiscovered
The currently unrepresented artists you should know.

What Next?
Three artists on our radar now.

Pull Focus
Three art critics discuss what makes three major pieces work.

Critic’s Choice
Curator Glenn Iseger-Pilkington presents five standout artists exhibiting in Revealed 2022.

Collector’s Dossier
Jacky Redgate is informed by an internal logic. Louise Martin-Chew writes.

Forging Focus
Collectors are queuing for the high-octane dreamscapes of Tim Bučković. Jacqueline Millner writes.

Straight to the Sauce
Lucia Nguyen on how Mechelle Bounpraseuth’s ceramics cultivate a taste for healing.

An Exact Science
The works of Tia Ansell bridge painting and sculpture. Chloe Lane writes. 

Catch and Release
Matt Bromhead’s works are questions with no answers. Rose of Sharon Leake writes.

Into an Abyss
Louise Martin-Chew on how Monica Rohan reaches toward an unknown destination.

A Slow Burn
Donna Green moves seamlessly between beauty and function. Glenn Barkley writes.

Growing Wild
Seth Birchall shapes light, space and nature in paint. Jane O’Sullivan writes.

Kunpu Naranyi
Andrew Nicholls on why Betty Kuntiwa Pumani has so quickly risen to prominence.

Exhibition
Bundanon Art Museum’s debut exhibition paves a bright future.

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

COLLECTING

Art Centre: One People
Ngukurr Arts is a place of survival, community and culture.

Dealer: First we take Berlin, then we take Manhattan
Michael Reid has his sights set on expansion.

If I Could Have
Andy Butler selects 10 works on his wish list.

Portrait of a Gallerist
Kerry Crowley and her 40-year reign.

Collector: In Good Hands
A collection from the heart.

Seen, Heard, Read
The book, podcast and streaming series you should be across.

Survey
On the eve of our 25th year in print, we asked leading art world players: What has been the single biggest change in the art world in the last quarter century?

CONTRIBUTORS +

Mariam Arcilla works across writing, editing, producing, arts communications and gallery management. She is currently the communications and engagement manager at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, the deputy chair at Runway Journal, and a Future Leaders recipient at the Australia Council for the Arts. 

Jodie Barker is a Sydney-based photographer.

Glenn Barkley was the senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney from 2008–2014 before pivoting toward a career in ceramics, now represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney. He co-founded Kil.n.it Experimental Ceramics Studio in Glebe and is the co-director of The Curators’ Department in Sydney. 

Judith Blackall is a curator and writer with extensive experience in Australian and international contemporary art. 

Sophia Cai works as a curator and arts writer in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. She currently teaches as a sessional lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies, Victorian College of Arts at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Christina Chau holds a PhD in Art History and Media Studies from the University of Western Australia, is currently a lecturer at the School of Media, Culture, and Creative Arts at Curtin University, and is the lecturer and course coordinator for Honours in the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin. In 2017 Chau published her first book titled Movement, Time Technology and Art, and was also a television presenter on ABC’s Art Bites: Shock Art, which looked at controversial art for Australian audiences. 

Aaron Claringbold is a Melbourne-based photographer.

Aimee Crouch is a Sydney-based photographer and artist represented by Yuill|Crowley Gallery, Sydney.

Nick De Lorenzo is a Sydney-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 and art theory tutor.

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

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

Elyse Goldfinch works in Sydney as an independent curator and writer.

Jessyca Hutchens, a descendant of the Palyku people of Western Australia, is currently completing a PhD in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Oxford. 

Joanna Kitto is a curator and writer in Naarm/Melbourne. She currently holds the position of Art & Collections coordinator at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.

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.

Chloe Lane earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of Florida in 2017. A New Zealander living in the USA, she is the founding publisher and editor of HUE+CRY PRESS. 

Jacquie Manning is a Sydney-based photographer.

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.

Emil McAvoy is an artist, art writer, educator, gallery professional and a consultant for artists based in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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. 

Elke Meitzel is a Melbourne-based photographer.

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

Lucia Nguyen is a freelance writer and gallery assistant at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

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

Jane O’Sullivan is an independent writer based in Sydney. She is a former editor of Art Collector and her art writing has also appeared in Vault, Ocula, Flash Art, Art Guide and the Australian Financial Review, among others.

Ingrid Periz is an art critic and curator based in New York. 

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.  

Andrew Stephens is an independent visual arts writer based in Melbourne. He has worked as a journalist, editor and curator, and has degrees in fine art and art history.

Zan Wimberley is a photographer who works in the arts, undertaking exhibition, portrait and performance documentation across Melbourne and Sydney.

Chloé Wolifson has a decade’s experience in arts administration and management. She is regularly commissioned as a writer, including exhibition essays and reviews, and has curated and co-curated exhibitions in public, artist-run and commercial spaces.

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

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