Art Life , Exhibitions Jun 08, 2012 No Comments

From Carrie Miller

Migration is not your usual art exhibition at a commercial gallery – it’s a pop-up show with a sophisticated twist Inside leading German gallerist Matthias Arndt’s first Australian space you’ll find a group show which includes works by international artists such as Joseph Beuys, Sophie Calle, Gilbert and George, Georg Baselitz, Robert Mapplethorpe and Bill Viola. The exhibition also includes works by artists recognised in their own regions including from China, Eastern Europe, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The exhibition’s 33 artists represent a wide variety of cultural contexts and histories and a diverse range of practices, all of which make for a highly unusual, local private gallery show. And that’s precisely Arndt’s aim. As an expert in the global art scene, this pop-up is Arndt’s ambitious attempt at demonstrating there’s now an Australian audience and collector base for international art of the quality and value on show here.

And who are we to prove a world renowned, German arts professional wrong? Viewing museum quality works of contemporary art (some with the price tag of a European sports car) in a stripped out, industrial-looking building, is a very cool way to spend an afternoon.

Until July 10
ARNDT, Sydney
Pic: Courtesy the artist & Arndt Berlin.

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Carrie Miller

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