Issue 46 - Art Collector

October-December 2008
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Critic's Choice
Art critic Felicity Fenner presents five artists whose work responds directly to contemporary social or environmental issues.


Sam Jinks by John McDonald
Yinka Shonibare MBE by Ruth Skilbeck
Doreen Reid Nakamarra by Jane Hampson
Kotoe Ishii by Edward Colless
Anne-Karin Furunes by Ingrid Periz
Nicholas Folland by Edward Colless
Matthew Shannon by Edward Colless
Justene Williams by Tracey Clement
Darren Wardle by Tracey Clement
Collector's Dossier: Karl Wiebke by Margaret Moore

News & Analysis


Like father, like son
Evan Hughes, the son of Sydney art world icon Ray Hughes, is launching his own gallery on the floor above his father's famous space in Surry Hills. But he told Ruth Skilbeck he'd hate for anyone to think of his space as a paddling pool to his father's.

Is Banksy still that bankable?
The enormous popular interest in British artist Banksy was helped along by the fact no-one had a clue who he was. That was until a London tabloid recently uncovered his identity as an otherwise unremarkable block from middle-class Bristol, writes Jo Higgins.

Satellite Art Projects
An ambitious new art agency in Melbourne is set to change the way artists work with institutions, reports Toby Miller.

Openings and closings
Spring brings a number of changes: openings, closings and international innovations in Australia's commercial gallery world, reports Ruth Skilbeck.

Bec Tudor reports on Tasmania's new contemporary art organisation, Detached.

(un)Fair gossip
Ashley Crawford investigates reports of a breakaway group starting its own, more exclusive art fair, alongside the announcement that the Melbourne Art Fair is going annual.

Global art market report
The most recent round of international art auctions demonstrates continuing strong demand and rising prices for contemporary art in the global market reports Ruth Skilbeck, while at home unexpectedly falt auction results caused alarmist speculation of an art market crash.

Auction house of cards
A recent report in the Australian Financial Review suggests that an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigation into the art auction industry may soon be underway. The ACCC never confirms or denies its inquirieis, but art market Meachan Wilson-Anastasios writes that many common industry practices can distort prices on the night and may prove interesting to the commission.

In the crosshairs
This year's National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards sparked fierce debate about a recent challenge to the traditional roles of Indigenous art centres within their communitiites. While many art centres chose to quietly boycott this year's awards, others fanned the flames by attending and speaking out in protest, reports Jane Hampson.

On the couch: No jokes in New York
Australian authors Benjamin Genocchio and Melissa Chiu, in Sydney to promote their latest books, spoke to Carrie Miller about some of the stark differences between the New York and Australian art worlds, not least of which is the no jokes policy on contemporary art commentary.

Agenda: Australia's role in the Chinese art boom
With Zhand Xiaogang now surpassing Jeff Koons in auction sales, there's no doubt the Chinese contemporary art boom is more than a fad. While the rest of the world scrambles to claim credit for bringing Chinese artists to prominence in the West, it was Australia that played the pivotal role, reports Carrie Miller.

Behind the scenes: An insider's guide to collecting contemporary Chinese art
Carrie Miller provides a few tips on how Australia-based art collectors might begin collecting contemporary Chinese art.

Behind the scenes: Money sullies art
In a contemporary art world characterised by record-breaking auction prices, overnight art stars and speculative trading by buyers ew to art, many art world observers are asking: is dumb money distorting contemporary art? Carrie Miller spoke to the Art Gallery of New South Wales's Assistant Curatorial Director and Head Curator of International Art, Tony Bond, about this latest incarnation of the "money sullies art" position.

Behind the scenes: Primary versus secondary
Terry Ingram has noticed a tendency for dealers to move away from the representation of artists towards secondary market dealing. He analyses the factors that might be leading to this change.

Behind the scenes: The new auctioneers
The traditional model of the art auction house as a forum for the sale of second-hand art is fast becoming a relic of the past, reports Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios. The portent of the recent Sotheby's auction of new works by Damien Hirst cannot be overstated.

Behind the scenes: Vanity publishing in the art world
In the literary world, the phrase vanity publishing is nothing to be proud of, but in the art world it's no uncommon for a contemporary artist to contribute to the cost of a book published on them. Carrie Miller points out that many of these books are only marketing tools.

Behind the scenes: Beauty, truth and contemporary art
Ruth Skilbeck talks to artist Adam Cullen and critic Christopher Allen on the role of beauty in contemporary art.

Behind the scenes: She lets him be Frank
Roslyn Oxley has represented Dale Frank for 26 years. When Carrie Miller spoke with the leading Sydney gallerist and the famously forthright artist she was not surprised to discover that both think at the core of their enduring relationship is a mutually held belief in honesty and respect, and Roslyn stays away from Dale's practice.


Exhibition: Optimism
The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art's Optimism exhibition will show us all the sunny, if sardonic, side to contemporary Australia, writes Timothy Morrell.

Art philanthropy: Fortune and philanthropy
Even though their wealth was built in investment banking, Simon and Catriona Mordant haven't ever brought the tents of high finance into their decisions about art purchases, Carrie Miller discovered. The tell tale dign is the fact that they have never sold a single piece of art.

Art philanthropy: New philanthropy
Australia's culture of arts philanthropy is in its infancy compared to London and New York and we're still working through what might be a partciularly Australian way to do it. David Gonski and Simon Mordant, two of this country's most generous benefactors, spoke to Carrie Miller about their unusual policy of going public with their donations. Their actions may well be setting the tone for an Australian philanthropy culture.

Collector: Nothing gratuitous
For caterers John Wilson and Peter Lin, good food and good art have two things in common: simplicity and subtlety. In business and in life, their approach is all about careful selection, writes Coutney Kidd.

Dealer: Broad spectrum art
Bruce Heiser freely admits he loves paint, yet you'll still find a broad range of other mediums from photography to scupture in his eponymous Heiser Gallery in Brisbane, writes Timothy Morrell.

Art adviser: Sophie Ullin
Veronica Tello talks to art adviser Sophie Ullin about her consultancy and role in founding the Art Consulting Association of Australia.

Art centre: Ikuntji Art Centre, Haasts Bluff
A recent visit to Haasts Bluff by art critic Sasha Grishin revealed an art centre currently undergoing a period of brilliant revival.

Gallery snapshot: Niagara Galleries
Five artists from Niagara Galleries compiled by Veronica Tello.

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.

Travel: Collector's guide to New York
The Armory Show remains an unmissable fixture on the art world calendar, while a raft of world famous galleries are further reasons to make a trip to the centre of the contemporary art universe reports Carrie Miller.

What's On
Art events across the country this quarter, previewed by Kate Vickers.

State wraps
News, events and previews from our state correspondents.

Inside the covers: Melissa Chiu
Each issue we ask an author what's inside the covers of their latest book. Carrie Miller talks to contemporary Asian art expert Melissa Chiu about her two most recent books: Breakout Chinese Art Outside China and Contemporary Chinese Art 7 Things You Need to Know.