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Archibald, Wynne & Sulman 2017: A cup of tea and a lie down

The tension between traditional portraits and works that sit at the limits of what most people consider a portrait is the friction that fires up the whole engine of the prize.

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New Work Friday #224

“This body of work takes as its starting point a small 19th century landscape painting by a little known convict artist, George Peacock, which depicts a view along Sydney Harbour.”

New Work Friday #223

“Liminal reflects a fascination with time and the built environment, while querying the environmental and physiological ramifications of city living. “

The Getting of Wisdom: Song Dong’s ‘I Don’t Know the Mandate of Heaven’

“On the top floor is the astonishing ‘At Fifty, I Don’t Know the Mandate of Heaven’. Fifty identical dolls with porcelain heads intended to represent Song himself, and referencing a favourite childhood toy, are engaged in every activity imaginable: reading, cooking, eating, driving, peeing and sleeping, even lying face down in a playful reference to Song Dong’s 1996 performance, ‘Breathing, Tiananmen Square’…”

A Short History of Everything: the painted world of Dong Yuan

Dong Yuan loves Da Vinci and Duchamp equally. In these works, we see the results of such an apparently unlikely juxtaposition: Dada’s love of the absurd and playful meets the beauty and virtuoso technique of the old master.

New Work Friday #222

Metropolis Experiment is Clement’s third recent body of work which responds to the vivid prognostications of JG Ballard’s 1962 post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel, The Drowned World.

Lu Xinjian: ‘Looking for harmony – lines between lines, dots between dots’

“He didn’t have the money to buy a ticket to enter the gallery, but stood entranced in front of the posters, absorbing their structures, colour, line and form, their use of the Modernist grid.”

New Work Friday #221

  “My sculptural abstractions investigate the vicissitude of landscape. Etched marks and cast forms, renegotiate terrain. Fluid, yet unrestrained gestures explore earthly forms and spiritual longing. Observations, consider not only physical topography. The significance of psychological and emotional connection to

New Work Friday #220

“Together they turn the gallery into a ‘Loading Bay’ of science fiction’s past; the jumping off point for a generation of science fiction obsessed kids.”

The Romantic Revolutionary: A Profile of Guo Jian