Monthly Archives: November 2011

French & Saunders do Gilbert & George

Just Announced

Simryn Gill, from the series 'A small town at the turn of the century', 1999-2000

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).

Hot Photo Friday – Løber Nøgen

Løber Nøgen, 'Untitled', n.d.

What a combo!

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.

Looking Forward – Robin Hungerford

Robin Hungerford, 'The New Plasticity (Head Melt Part 2)', HD video still, 2011

Robin Hungerford, Naturalism, opens at Gallery 9, 9 Darley Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney on November 30.

Shrigley Subject of UK Retrospective

David Shrigley, 'I'm Dead', 2010

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 to curate Auckland Triennial

Curator Hou Hanru

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.