Simryn Gill has been selected to represent Australia at the 55th Venice Biennale. She will present an exhibition of new work at the Australian Pavilion curated by Catherine de Zegher, who is also the curator of next year’s Sydney Biennale. Gill was selected by an advisory panel including 2013 commissioner Simon Mordant along with Ted Snell (Chair of the Australia Council’s visual arts board) and Nick Mitzevich (Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia).
Leg of Lamb’s incredibly slow off the mark with this one (ok – I was in nappies at the time), but what a treat to discover the collaboration above between two personal favourites – The Clean and Ronnie Van Hout. In 1982 Van Hout directed what he described as his first ‘proper film’ – the music video for The Clean’s single ‘Getting Older’. Filmed in Christchurch, it’s a no-budget affair that sadly never made it to TV.
Robin Hungerford, Naturalism, opens at Gallery 9, 9 Darley Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney on November 30.
Scottish artist David Shrigley is being given his first major UK retrospective at Hayward Gallery. Opening in February 2013, Brain Activity will feature over 175 new and recent works, many of which have never been seen before in London. Included is the rather forlorn chap above, a canine counterpart to the feline version he made in 2007, along with photographs, “some bronze bits and bobs” and a jar of toenail clippings.
Hear the show’s curator Cliff Lauson in conversation with David Shrigley here.
Hou Hanru has been announced as the curator of the 5th Auckland Triennial. Hanru is currently the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute and has previously curated the Lyon Biennale, the Istanbul Biennale, and the Venice Biennale. Describing his appointment Hanru stated: “I’m looking forward to being a part of this unique exhibition experience, and I am excited to be in New Zealand.” The Auckland Triennial opens on March 22nd, 2013.
Suzanne Geiss (Executive Director at Deitch Projects from 1997 until its closure in 2010) is launching a new gallery at Deitch’s former headquarters at 76 Grand Street, New York. Suzanne Geiss Company opens next week by appointment only with ‘Cyclops Trannies’, an installation in Geiss’s office by assume vivid astro focus (avaf) a.k.a. Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide Pierson – regulars in the Deitch Projects program.
avaf have just finished developing ‘Gaga’s Workshop’ – a major collaboration with Lady Gaga for Barneys’ 2011 holiday campaign. The department store is plying a whole bunch of Gaga-endorsed products like the flaming nails above (only US$225 a pop!) in a dedicated space designed by avaf at their Madison Avenue store that opens tomorrow. And if you’re into this sort of stuff, you can buy it online here.
In February 2012 Leg of Lamb is presenting Wall of Seahorsel, an exhibition of new and recent work by Yvonne Todd at the Centre for Contemporary Photography. It’s Yvonne’s first solo show in Melbourne and we’re creating a magnificent 46-page full colour catalogue to mark the occasion. Designed by Area Design, it will feature an in-depth interview with the artist, along with full page images of each of the works in the show. There are two series involved, both reproduced in full. They are: The Wall of Man (2009) and Seahorsel (2011) that has never been seen before.
Of course, this sort of publication doesn’t come cheap. If you are able, please make a donation to the project by visiting our Pozible page here. Any contributions most gratefully received! In return I can offer you some enticing rewards, including the chance to win an Yvonne Todd photograph of your very own. This publication really is going to be a beauty, so please help us make it happen…