Summer Of Art: Major Oz Exhibition Openings

2 October 2014
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While the rest of the country is hitting the beach, if you appreciate equal measures of indoor entertainment, instead of flocking to the local mega mall for air-conditioned reprieve from the heat, why not try checking out your capital city’s latest art exhibition?

Fashion. History. Culture. Food. Photography. Film. There’s so much for the eye to marvel at inside our nation’s magnificent cultural institutions. Bring the whole family and give the kids a healthy distraction from the Nintendo for the day.

Culture buffs can endeavour to make their way around the entire country, experiencing ground-breaking, world-class exhibitions all over the nation. Enjoying our fine country’s capital cities while they’re at it.

Here’s our public service announcement to let you know what major art exhibitions will be gracing Australia's art galleries this summer:

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GOMA  Brisbane  Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

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 Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons/ Spring/Summer 2002 / Collection: Kyoto Costume Institute / Photograph: Takashi Hatakeyama

If you can’t escape to Japan these summer holidays, you can experience the flurry of Japanese fashions and all the kitschy kawaii you can handle at GOMA instead. Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion explores the extreme innovation of Japanese fashion designers from the early 1980s until now. The exhibition features nearly 100 garments ranging from classic to outrageous pieces.

See up close the work of influential designers Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto who have helped revolutionise the way we think about fashion today.

Several 'Up Late' events will take places on Friday evenings throughout the exhibition and Brisbane will also be treated to a Pop-up Shop with fashion themed publications and merchandise. An exclusive-to-GOMA Comme des Garçons Pocket store will mark the Japanese label’s first Queensland retail space.

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion runs from 1 November 2014 - 15 February 2015

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MCA – Sydney – Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration

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 Chuck Close, Lou, 2012, Jacquard tapestry, edition of 6, © Chuck Close in association with Magnolia Editions, Oakland, courtesy Pace Gallery, photograph courtesy Magnolia Editions, Oakland and Pace Gallery

Chuck Close is one of America’s best contemporary artists. He has created portraits for everyone from Brad Pitt and Kate Moss to President Barrack Obama over his 74 years.

Using a variety of techniques from prints to tapestries, Close is famed for his massive, technically inventive and often hyper-real portrait paintings. Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration is the largest exhibition of Close’s work ever presented in the Southern Hemisphere and will feature over 200 works.

If you haven’t heard of Close, this is your chance to be introduced to his awe-inspiring work in Sydney. For the record, he’s been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries – so, he’s kind of a big deal. Don’t miss it!

Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration runs from 20 November 2014 - 15 March 2015

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NGV – Melbourne – David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing

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 David Shrigley, Untitled, 2014, Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

NGV receives a major coo this summer, hosting renowned Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley’s first comprehensive exhibition in Australia. Don’t miss the dry, dark humour of this mastermind artist’s drawings. His works explore the wonderful, challenging, and often hilarious moments of being human, particularly all the existential dramas, dysfunctions and anxieties.

Wander the comprehensive collection of drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos and books. Be shocked. Be confused. Laugh it up when you get the joke. Shrigley’s sense of humour lies at the heart of all his works. Take it easy this summer and reflect on the absurdity of everyday life with David Shrigley in Melbourne.

David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing runs from 14 November 2014 - 1 March 2015 .........................................................................................................................................................

MONA – Hobart – Matthew Barney: River of Fundament

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 Boat of Ra, 2014, wood, resin-bonded sand, steel, furniture, cast bronze and gold-plated bronze
335.3 x 1524 x 731.5cm, Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

Like most exhibitions at Hobart's MONA, River of Fundament promises to bend the mind-tank and leave the viewer enlightened. This body of work is based on Norman Mailer’s tome Ancient Evenings. As the story goes, Mailer asked Barney to read his book, perhaps in hope that Barney would make a film adaptation (Barney is also a film maker).

Barney did eventually read the novel; however, shortly after Mailer died. He then developed a film adaptation of the book – a three-act opera that took place in Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York City between 2007 and 2013. The sculptural works in the exhibition are the outcome of actions seen on film. Barney has also drawn from MONA’s own collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts.

Whatever the motivations behind the works of art, a trip to MONA is a must for anyone mildly interested in art, design or even wine – MONA is home to Moorilla winery and you can spend the afternoon at the gallery’s Wine Bar sampling the local drop. Grab a Moo Brew or dine at The Source restaurant. When it comes to Tassie, art comes with the side of gourmet.

River of Fundament runs from 22 November 2014 - 13 April 2015

Travel to MONA between 15-18 January 2015 and catch the MOFO festival for an immersive cultural experience like no other.

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.