Issue 45 - Art Collector

July-September 2008
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Artists

Simon Pericich by Ashley Crawford
Abbey McCulloch by Natalie King
Jacqui Stockdale by Alexie Glass
Gordon Hookey by Timothy Morrell
Selina Ou by Ashley Crawford
Ben Quilty by Tracey Clement
Rick Amor by John McDonald
Ruby Williamson by Maurice O’Riordan

Smart Art
For our ninth annual Smart Art survey, Australian Art Collector’s writers and critics present smart art buys for under $3000.
Tara Marynowsky, Andrew Rewald, Cash Brown, Terry Taylor, Andrew Townsend, Bernie Slater, Alicia King.




News & Analysis

Join the queue
If you’re looking to collect the work of one of these artists, you’ll need more than money, reports Carrie Miller after talking to their dealers.

Shuffling the Danks
Since its inception there have been many changes at Danks Street, and this year will see several more. Jo Higgins wanted to know just how successful this vision for a new Sydney art precinct has been for the dealers who pay the rent.

French kiss of life
The latest French art market initiative aims to bring people closer to buying art reports Maxine Clarke.

Second best
As the available supply of masterpieces dries up, public galleries are resorting to buying second best works at auction to fill their walls and spend their money writes Terry Ingram.

Hot or not?
Are some artists achieving higher profiles than they otherwise deserve? Terry Ingram asks what this hot market really means for the main players: the artists and the collectors.

Expanding horizons
Anna Schwartz says the idea to expand to Sydney germinated long before rumours emerged of Sherman’s abdication from the gallery world. Instead, the move was designed to gain a permanent footing in the growing New South Wales market she tells Ashley Crawford.

Playing fair
Twenty per cent of the galleries that applied for stands at this year’s Melbourne Art Fair were rejected on the grounds of quality, according to the Fair’s management. Carrie Miller goes behind the scenes of the biggest contemporary art event for collectors on the Australian calendar.

Picasso’s art collection
Pablo Picasso was a prolific but not systematic art collector. By the end of his life however, he had made sense of his collection. Nicholas Turner spoke to GoMA director Tony Ellwood about the exhibition of Picasso’s private art collection in Brisbane this winter.

Biennale of Sydney
At the 2008 Biennale of Sydney the most challenging conceptual artwork is one of its own press releases writes Carrie Miller. The rest is set to be fun.




Features

Collector’s Guide to London
The Turner Prize shortlist show, a Francis Bacon survey and the range of contemporary art events that now take place alongside Frieze Art Fair are all reasons to make the journey this October reports Carrie Miller.

No Pine, No Beige, No Fads
Primavera curator Hannah Mathews told Alexie Glass she is interested in the point in time when a young artist defines their creative vision. That is the theme of this year’s agenda-setting show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Gallery Snapshot: King Street Gallery on William
Five of the best from King Street Gallery on William, compiled by Carrie Miller.

State wraps
News, events and previews from our state correspondents

If I could have...
Each issue one of our writers scours the stockrooms of commercial galleries to hunt down the works they would buy, if they could.

Watiyawanu Artists, Mt Liebig
Some of the most interesting art being made in Australia today is coming from the Mount Liebig community – 325 km west of Alice Springs in the heart of the Western Desert. Sasha Grishin visited the home of the Watiyawanu Artists of the Amunturrngu Aboriginal Corporation.

Collector: Clinton Ng: Speed Art
Clinton Ng’s diverse and energetic collection of work by 50 leading edge contemporary artists was compiled in just five years, writes Carrie Miller. His self-assured approach to the work extended to the method he used to find and acquire most of it: the internet.

Gallerist: Block Project: Building Blocks
Block Projects, the latest Melbourne artist run space, kicked off at its new Flinders Lane address with two sell-out shows, reports Ashley Crawford.

Printmaker: Arone Meeks
This printmaker is a strong natural draughtsman and a brilliant colourist writes Sasha Grishin.