TONY ALBERT: THOU DIDST LET FALL
Saturday 18 April, 3-5pm
Richard Lewer: You Wouldn't Make This Stuff Up
by Rebecca Gallo
VAULT Magazine, Issue 9 2015
COMING UP AT SULLIVAN+STRUMPF
THOU DIDST LET FALL
18 April - 16 May 2015
The Custom of the Sea
St Paul Street Gallery
Auckland University of Technology
17 April - 22 May 2015
Faced with a life or death choice, what would you do? Until we find ourselves in such a situation we can't be sure what lengths we’d go to in order to stay alive.
There are many stories of survival in human history and many of them come from situations at sea. Richard Lewer’s The Custom of the Sea is a response to one such story from 1884. It is the true story of four men cast adrift after their yacht the Mignonette was shipwrecked about 1,600 miles from the Cape of Good Hope on the journey from England to Australia. After more than two weeks without food and fresh water, two of the men, Tom Dudley and Edwin Stephens, made the decision to kill and eat the unconscious fourth crew member Richard Parker so that the remaining three might survive. The third crewmember, Edmund Brooks, objected.
The title of the work comes from a custom said to be in operation at sea. In a shipwreck it is deemed acceptable for those shipwrecked to draw lots to see who will be killed and eaten so that the others may survive. It is hard to imagine that this situation was common enough at the time to become an accepted practice with its own rules. In fact the shipwrecked men from the Mingonette didn't even follow this custom of drawing straws, but as Parker was already ill they made the decision to go ahead and kill and eat him.
Lewer is interested in situations of intense personal struggle and the moral choices involved in what people will do to survive. In working with true stories of struggle and crime Lewer positions himself as a social realist artist. His work The Custom of the Sea for ST PAUL St is a large-scale wall drawing rendered with help from a group of volunteers. Lewer works with volunteers to achieve the scale within a limited time, but he is also interested in the social aspect of working with others to realise these large-scale projects. The activity of working together over several days is also a bonding exercise, and the chance to share technical skills. The final work presents a dark subject in a beautifully rendered soft and dense charcoal that creates a powerful experience for viewers.
The Triumph of Modernism in the Art of Australia
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
28 March - 24 May 2015
(IN)VISIBLE: The First Peoples and War
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
27 March - 17 May
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ART MONEY LAUNCH
Sullivan+Strumpf is proud to participate in the Art Money scheme which was officially launched by Clover Moore and the City of Sydney on 1 April 2015.
Art Money makes owning art immediate and affordable. Interest free loans are available for artworks priced from $750 to $20,000. After paying a 10% deposit, you can take your artwork home and pay the remaining balance over 9 months, interest free. Apply online for instant approval, take your art home and pay for it later.
For more information about applying for an Art Money loan visit www.artmoney.com.au
THE SYDNEY BALL GIFT
SIR ERIC NEAL LIBRARY
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The University of South Australia is honoured to be the beneficiary of a most generous gift by the distinguished artist, Sydney Ball, who has donated a large body of his key works of art. The works are widely representative of the artist's illustrious career. Sydney Ball, an alumnus of the University, is renowned for his significant contribution to Australian art.
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WORLD'S ONLY MAGAZINE
Read Darren Sylvester's interview with Laura Wise from Alaska Projects for World's Only Magazine, out March 6.
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Guarding The Home Front
20 March - 17 May 2015
EX DE MEDICI
AIDA TOMESCU ON ITALIAN RENAISSANCE PAINTING
Issue 2, February 2015
REDLANDS KONICA MINOLTA ART PRIZE
National Art School, Darlinghurst
Opening Night: 25 March 6pm
Exhibition Continues 26 March - 23 May
QUT Art Musuem
14 March - 3 May
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ART BASEL HONG KONG 2015
Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre
March 15 - 17 2015
A NETS Victoria and BLINDSIDE touring
exhibition curated by Claire Anna Watson
Kate Shaw will undertake an Art Angels residency in Perth in March 2015.
Her residency will culminate in a solo exhibition, Blue Marble, at Turner Gallery from 13 March - 11 April.
Contemporary Art Tasmania
19 March - 19 April 2015
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BSR Fine Arts March Mostra
An exhibition of works by current Fine Arts award-holders at the British School at Rome
13 - 21 March 2015
In The Flesh
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Closes 9 March
SULLIVAN+STRUMPF CELEBRATE 10 YEARS
Now approaching it's tenth birthday, Sullivan+Strumpf represents some of the most significant and exciting visual artists in Australia today.
The Gallery will launch it's anniversary year with a major group show which will offer a rare opportunity to see works by the 26 represented artists side by side. The exhibition will open on Saturday 31 January and will continue through to 21 February 2015.
ART STAGE SINGAPORE
Sullivan+Strumpf will bring two of Australia's most prominent contemporary artists to the 2015 edition of Art Stage Singapore, with an exhibition of new works by Aida Tomescu and a new sculpture by Sam Jinks. This will be the fifth year that the Gallery has exhibited at the Fair.
New media works by Richard Lewer, Tim Silver and Darren Sylvester have also been selected for Video Platform, a curated presentation of video works by a number of artists from around the world.
21 - 25 January
McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park
Closes 8 February
FBI 2014 Sydney Music Arts & Culture Award
'Best Visual Artist'
Australia Council Residency, Rome
January - April 2015