vol 30 no 4, 2010
Substantial essays asking questions about: the effect of the 'art as research' model in our universities, design and art for climate change, art and sport - odd bedfellows?, Australia's 'moat complex', identifying secret sacred Indigenous material, colour, sense impressions and 'theory', and welcoming a new museum of Chinese art in Sydney. Other content: image based profiles of Shen Shaomin, Ariel Hassan, Fiona MacDonald, twelve new art books reviewed, thirty years in the business of contemporary Australian publishing - where it has been and where it is going, 'Exposed' at the Tate Gallery and the Liverpool Biennial reviewed. Authors include: Jane Goodall, Kevin Murray, Alison Carroll, Jo Higgins, Wu Hung, Felicity Fenner, Djon Mundine, Catriona Moore, Peter Hill, Donald Brook.
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At the end of my thirtieth year as the editor of Artlink, I am proud to introduce you to new writing by contemporary thinkers who have helped to shape the way we understand the 'art life' in 2010.
Entitled 'STIRRING II' this issue gives space to arguments about a range of current debates engaged with new art from our region.
Nicely extending the focus of our September issue on new attitudes to art in the public arena, Felicity Fenner’s feature is based on research for the Hothouse Symposium on sustainable art and design, an endeavour being supported by enlightened university art research departments around the world. University art education is a perennial subject and Jane Goodall who worked within the system for many years provides us with a perspicacious view from outside the walls of academe.
Where would we be without sport? If by sport we mean the contact sports that seem to define Australia and New Zealand, possibly in better physical shape. Peter Hill keeps his knees and collarbone safe but risks all in his contact with those who believe that art and sport can create synergy.
Donald Brook’s ‘phenomenal’ text will have us looking at the blue of the sky in quite a different way, while Kevin Murray goes to the Pacific to give us another kind of overview of how we regard the world in our attitudes to new arrivals crossing the ‘moat’.
A writer who has spent a decade looking out across the moat in her research into 100 years of Asian art is Alison Carroll. A long review by Pat Hoffie of her new book forms part of a section of fearless reviews of new art publications.
Djon Mundine has always been a curator with a burning desire to communicate and create changes in attitude and practice. The dilemma of how it is decided who can curate certain Indigenous Australian cultural objects from the past is laid bare in a rare case history which curators and writers will especially appreciate.
2010 has been a rich year of exhibitions around the nation. As always, Artlink looks far and wide for new curating and offers expert feedback to artists and curators. The archive of exhibition reviews available in print and online (all review texts are uploaded in full) is a massive resource for scholars and students alike, going back for 15 years. The active field is enormous, and we are necessarily selective in what we review, but we are happy to claim that the range of content, region, place and mood in the showings of new art critically appraised by Artlink in each issue, and the consistent and thorough way in which it is done is a key part of the creative cycle in contemporary art in Australasia.
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Articles in this issue
- Artlink's Third Decade: The Push Pull Decade
- Artrave: Artrave
- Book review: Eleven recent publications
- Book review: Hijacked Volume 2: Australia / Germany
- Book review: The Revolutionary Century. Art In Asia 1900 to 2000
- Editorial: Editorial
- ETW: Exhibitions to Watch
- Feature: Art and Sport
- Feature: Art as a Catalyst of Change: Sydney's HotHouse International Symposium
- Feature: Designing with the Neighbours in Mind: Unlimited Asia Pacific
- Feature: Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera
- Feature: Indigenous art in front: National Gallery changes focus
- Feature: Is it Sacred? The Collarenebri Files
- Feature: Liverpool Biennial 2010: Touched
- Feature: Patronage of the Passionate
- Feature: Resistance to Change: Art in the university environment
- Feature: Theory is Bunk
- Preview: Edge of Elsewhere
- Preview: Interpreting Portraits
- Profile: 100KM Artworks: Fiona MacDonald's Local Studies
- Profile: Confluent Forms: Ariel Hassan recent work
- Profile: Shen Shaomin's Bonsai
- Profile: Stop the Moats: Recent work by Cecile Williams and Nick Mangan
- Review: Abstract Nature
- Review: Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art
- Review: Beyond Garment
- Review: CACSA Contemporary 2010: The New New
- Review: Curious Colony: A twenty first century Wunderkammer
- Review: Djalkiri: We are standing on their names
- Review: Elisabeth Kruger: On Beauty
- Review: En Pointe: Magda Matwiejew
- Review: GW Bot: The long paddock: A 30 year survey
- Review: In the Balance: Art for a Changing World & The River Project
- Review: Laughter
- Review: Madeleine Kelly: The Crevice
- Review: Unlacing Carnal Margins: Portraits by Angela Stewart
- Review: Up Close