Group Shows Part 2

Art Life , Exhibitions Dec 14, 2012 No Comments

From Andrew Frost

Do people really buy art for Christmas? Do they wrap it up and put it under the tree? Galleries seem to hope so as the last batch of group shows fill up the exhibition calendar before the doors close for the holidays. We were jokingly saying last week that many group shows are space fillers of stock room stuff and lo and behold A-M Gallery have Taking Stock – Group Show 2012, in which gallery artists are represented including Justin Cooper, Georgina Pollard, Charlotte Haywood and others, while Christopher Day Gallery in Paddington is even more explicit with CHRISTMAS CLEARANCE which they advise has “Over 50 quality works are on view with prices ranging from $1,250 to $80,000 with many works under $5,000. One can reward oneself or someone special with a gift that will be appreciated for a lifetime, as well as being a good investment for generations.”

Vivian Cooper Smith-TheSoundOfTomorrow_2

Vivian Cooper Smith, The Sound of Tomorrow #2, C-Type print, 70 x 50 cm, edition of 5 + 2 AP.

At Gallerie Pompom they don’t know the meaning of the Christmas group show as they stage an exhibition on a theme that has nothing to do with Santa. Heaven or Las Vegas is what they’re calling a ‘new landscape’ exhibition that takes its title from “the Cocteau Twins’ song, [which] suggests we wish for a wide range of possible pleasures from our time on Earth.” Your wish is granted! Artists include Vicky Browne, Craig Bender and Vivian Cooper Smith, among other elves. Skipping the whole thing is Francis Keevil Gallery’s End of Year Exhibition which leapfrogs Xmas for the New Year and features both painting and sculpture, some abstract, some not. A good way to end.

Taking Stock – Group Show 2012
Until December 22
A-M Gallery, Newtown.

Until December 22
Christopher Day Gallery, Paddington

Heaven or Las Vegas
Until December 22
Galerie Pompom, Chippendale.

End of Year Exhibition
Until December 31
Francis Keevil Gallery, Double Bay.

Pic: Vivian Cooper Smith, The Sound of Tomorrow #2, C-Type print, 70 x 50 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Pompom.

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