Issue 49 - Art Collector

July-September 2009
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What Now?
Presenting the most recent work by Stelarc, Kathryn Ryan, Monika Behrens, Euan Macleod, Chris Pease and Billy Apple.

Anne Zahalka: The ceremonial subjectUnlike most portrait photographers, Zahalka is not interested in displaying the inner states of her subjects. Instead, she treats them as just another object in a tableau that tells us far more about the staging and ceremony of the world than the quirks of personality, writes Edward Colless.

Andrew Browne: Chimera Cinema
Andrew Browne’s work often leaves viewers with an uneasy urge to look over their shoulder. Redolent with threat and the suggestion of menacing storylines, his canvases of tangled branches feel like spooky cinema freeze-frames, writes Ashley Crawford.

Collector’s Dossier: Janet Laurence
With a string of notable public commissions behind her, Janet Laurence turns her attention to the environment, creating image-spaces where nature, memory and loss collide writes Ingrid Periz.

Peter Robinson: Cultural castaway
New Zealander Peter Robinson takes issue with the sanitised symbols of cultural identity, writes Edward Colless. Instead of despair, he responds to this cultural flotsam with Robinson Crusoe-like resourcefulness, recycling the wreckage into corrupt new forms of meaning.

Miwa Yanagi: Grandmotherly love
Miwa Yanagi casts a grandmotherly eye over young women as they face the usual set of repressive social and familial mores. Yet not all grandmothers are full of warmth and understanding for their charges; indeed, as the fairytales tell us, some are far more sinister, writes Edward Colless.

Under $5000
For our tenth annual survey, Australian Art Collector’s writers and critics present eight artists whose work is available for under $5000, including: John Coburn; Joachim Froese; Kate Shaw; Toby Richardson; Emily Ferretti; Nick Austin; Natalie Ryan; and Hitesh Natalwala.

Critic’s Choice
Art critic and blogger Andrew Frost presents a selection of five male artists whose work is best viewed in the depths of winter.

Award Winners
Courtney Kidd rounds up a selection of the best art prize winners of the last quarter.

News & Analysis


The New Zealand talent boom
New Zealand’s contemporary art boom has some saying that Australia is being outstripped when it comes to visual arts talent, reports Carrie Miller.

A Legge up for Watters
Redfern gallerist Jasper Legge will join his father at leading sydney gallery Watters when the two spaces merge in 2010, reports Prue Gibson.

Scouting for female talent
Having settled into one of Melbourne’s oldest buildings, the directors of the new Sarah Scout gallery are keen to re-establish an old style of patronage where collectors are more involved in supporting artists and their projects, reports Natalie King.

Schubert’s legacy
In the wake of Win Schubert’s retirement from the commercial gallery world, two new galleries have opened on the Gold Coast, both taking on a swathe of Schubert artists, reports Prue Gibson.

Private dealing
Despite the current doom and gloom, the nation’s secondary dealers are seeing no real increase in the number of collectors looking to offload work, reports Amanda Woodard. And with fewer sales, there are fewer bargains than first anticipated.

Global Auction Report
Contemporary art is losing traction in auction salesrooms, with decorative arts recording the strongest results, reports Terry Ingram.

Art HK09: Asia’s new leading art fair
Australian Art Collector deputy publisher Beatrice Spence travelled to Hong Kong for Art HK 09 in may. She found a vibrant contemporary collector’s fair that lived up to the marketing hype.

Codes of conflict
Debate continues over the contents of the code of conduct for the Indigenous art market. While some believe it is simply inevitable, others rage over alleged paternalism and defend their right to pay artists in kind, reports Carrie Miller.

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Art market report
The returns from the Australian art market spanned a big divide for commercial galleries as the 2009 financial year drew to a close, reports Terry Ingram.

London looks ahead
The current economic climate has prompted serious changes in attitude and business practice among london’s contemporary art galleries reports Jo Higgins

On the Couch

The serious idiom of drawing
For a few years, it seemed drawing had fallen out of fashion in the nation’s art schools. Anita Taylor, the new director of Sydney’s National Art School, hopes to craft a revival, reports Ashley Crawford.

Behind the Scenes

Nothing if not eccentric
All the usual definitions of eccentricity fall short when it comes to painter Jun Chen and dealer Ray Hughes, writes Timothy Morrell. Both have been swimming against the stream for as long as they can remember, making it somewhat inevitable that Chen would find a home in the Ray Hughes Gallery stable.

Art centres and the Indigenous art debate
Of all the issues surrounding art these days, perhaps none is more contentious than the question of how to ethically collect Indigenous work. Put simply, a popular view holds that the only way collectors can be sure that they are legitimately sourcing Indigenous work is by purchasing through Aboriginal owned and operated art centres. Yet many commercial galleries that trade in Aboriginal art outside of the art centre loop feel that their reputations are unfairly tarnished by this position. Here both sides put their position to Carrie Miller on whether collectors should favour art centres as the original source of Indigenous works for their collections.

Commercial galleries lose their grip
For many commercial dealers, handshakes and promises are replacing the ironclad contracts of old when taking new artists into their stable, reports Carrie Miller.

Money sullies art: Sam Leach
Who better to ponder the sometimes messy business of art and commerce than Sam Leach, an artist with an economics degree who once worked in the Tax Office. Interview by Carrie Miller.


Surviving the competition
The proliferation of art prizes raises questions about the impact of these hefty cash incentives on artists and their practice, reports Courtney Kidd. For many artists, the money involved means it’s
no longer an option but a necessity to compete.


Exhibition: Rising Tide
While no longer a new medium, video art is still on the rise according to this survey of the medium in contemporary Australian practice writes Tracey Clement.

Art philanthropy: Just a smalltime philanthropist
Andrew Cameron is a classic example of the new breed of philanthropists who are choosing to become more involved in how their donations are spent. His ability to leap in whenever a project appeals is just one of the benefits of being an army of one, he tells Courtney Kidd.

Art Philanthropy: Australia Cultural Fund
The Australia Cultural Fund gives philanthropists the opportunity to support artists of their choice, but as Amanda Woodard discovers, the scheme has been under-utilised in the visual arts sector to date.

Collector: Scientific Minds
The home of doctors Kathryn Lovric and Roger Allan is put together with almost scientific precision and forethought. Recently renovated, Carrie Miller discovered the entire apartment was designed around key pieces in their collection.

Dealer: Landscapes of the interior
For dealer Damien Minton, the growing interest of western artists in Indigenous art has sparked a vibrant new genre of landscape painting. In this new phase of Australian art history, love of country has replaced the old fear of Australia’s harsh interior, writes Helen McKenzie.

Art Centre: Ninuku Arts, Kalka
Having only acquired a fixed premises in 2006, Ninuku Arts has achieved significant international recognition in a startlingly short period of time, reports Amanda Woodard.

Gallery Snapshot: Watters Gallery
Five artists from Sydney’s Watters Gallery, compiled by Prue Gibson.

Travel: ShContemporary 09
Shanghai continues its bid as Asia’s leading hub of culture and commerce with the 3rd Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, known as ShContemporary 09, taking place this quarter. Incoming director Colin Chinnery talks to Maurice O’Riordan.

Inside the Covers: Dennis Dutton on The Art Instinct
It’s rare that a text on aesthetics breaks through to the mainstream to capture the popular imagination. But philosopher of art Denis Dutton has managed just that with his latest book, The Art Instinct. He talks to Carrie Miller about how evolutionary science can shed light on why we have a need to make and appreciate art.

What’s on this quarter
What’s on across the nation, plus state wrap reports covering the latest news and upcoming events from each region.

If I could have…
Courtney Kidd chooses 10 works from stockrooms across Australia that she would buy tomorrow if she could.