Issue 50 - Art Collector

October-December 2009
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Peter Atkins: Readymade abstraction
Peter Atkins cuts through the static of modern day life, finding sublime examples of readymade abstraction in everyday things like packaging, signs and even walls writes Ashley Crawford.

Danie Mellor: Hidden histories
Winner of this year’s National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Danie Mellor makes a project of challenging traditional notions of Aboriginal art. Text by Lisa Slade.

Kate Rohde: In my nature
For many Australians, the idea of wild nature is coloured by distant stereotypes of shaggy grizzly bears, roaring lions and antlered reindeer. Despite working with synthetic materials and a hypercolour palette, Kate Rohde’s version of nature is much closer to home writes Ingrid Periz.

Simon Morris: Folding water
The titles of Simon Morris’s works often indicate how long it took him to paint them. Preoccupied with the act and materiality of painting, Morris paints lines that jink and turn back on themselves like the folding of water writes John Hurrell.

Santiago Sierra: Commercial transactions
Santiago sierra has been called callous and monstrous. Regularly operating in the rarely acknowledged realm of consensual exploitation, it’s no wonder he receives such a visceral response writes Edward Colless.

Fiona Foley: Collector’s Dossier
Fiona Foley sees herself more as an educator than a visual artist. Unearthing aspects of Indigenous history either unknown, buried or forgotten, Foley’s vision is both arresting and memorable writes Timothy Morrell.

Tony Lloyd: Mountains of Madness
Don’t be surprised by the odd UFO in Tony Lloyd’s work, writes Ashley Crawford. Hovering above impenetrable mountains, these sci-fi symbols are stand-ins for the unknowable, the vast infinity of things humans can never comprehend.

What Now?
Presenting the most recent work by Wayne Youle, Cathy Blanchflower, Joanna Lamb, Victoria Reichelt, Adam Nudelman and Milan Milojevic.

Critic’s Choice
With over $500,000 in sales and 100,000 visitors, the inaugural cairns Indigenous art fair lived up to its catchy tagline: where art is sold and stories are told. Text by Maurice O’Riordan.

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

Graduate Shows
Amanda Woodard presents art school graduate shows for your diary.

News & Analysis


Australian Art Collector celebrates 50 issues
Editor In Chief Susan Borham, founding editor Michael Hutak and founding publisher Ben Crawford mark the 50th issue of Australian Art Collector.

Sydney’s own cultural revolution
A new addition to Sydney’s cultural landscape, the privately owned White Rabbit museum presents an up-to-the-minute view on contemporary Chinese practice reports Carrie Miller.

Tax break for small businesses
Maxine Clarke takes a look at the current tax break for small businesses purchasing new works of art.

New York Update
There might be a few more “for rent” signs in New York’s art districts, but while some are closing their doors, many are seizing the opportunity to expand reports Ingrid Periz.

End of an era
As the Clemenger Contemporary Art Award draws to a close, Courtney Kidd looks back on the evolution of such a significant prize.

Sotheby’s sale

Art Market Report
The financial downturn has forced many auction houses to revise their tactics reports Nicholas Forrest.

On the Couch: The next wave
In a clear challenge to the old guard, the founders of Art Month Sydney hope to instigate a generational change in Sydney’s art world, reports Helen McKenzie. Born out of the financial downturn, their idea for a month of art related events in Sydney is an attempt to shift the burden of promoting Australian contemporary art onto a younger generation and, if successful, raise the profile of the city within the international art world.

Behind the scenes

Stalking the stockroom
Tough economic times have collapsed some of the old myths surrounding buying from the stockroom. For those willing to do a little extra rummaging, a venture into the stockroom can yield some unexpected gems reports Carrie Miller.

Cash, credit or in-kind?

The secret benefactor
While commercial galleries obviously stand to benefit from the success of their artists, one gallerist believes the support provided by gallerists could rightly be called philanthropy. Michael Reid talks to Prue Gibson about this unacknowledged form of benefaction.

Money sullies art: Eleanor Heartney
Carrie Miller talks to art historian Eleanor Heartney about the influences the art market can have on contemporary art.

Agenda: The cult of personality
The contemporary art world has bred its share of artist celebrities. But not all artists who find themselves inducted into this cult of personality do so willingly reports Ashley Crawford.


Exhibition: A ramble through the field
Forty years on, the Art Gallery of New South Wales takes another look at colour-field painting writes Christine Morrow.

Art philanthropy: Common wealth
Not all benefaction has to entail million dollar donations to major public institutions. Relatively new to both collecting and philanthropy, Rachel Verghis has carved her own path, choosing to share her collection with regional Australia reports Carrie Miller.

Art philanthropy: The rise of private museums
While there has been a long history of privately-backed museums and foundations in the United States, they are only now beginning to emerge in Australia as a cultural force. Carrie Miller looks at the reasons why philanthropists are choosing this model over straight donations of cash or artwork.

Collector: A colourful customer
Colour and craftsmanship are fundamental to the collection of Sydneysider Scott Weston. An architect by trade, his obsession with detail and presentation is obvious to any visitor who steps through his softly closing front door, reports Helen McKenzie.

Dealer: Landing on MARS
Andy Dinan hopes her gallery feels like a different world. Pointedly anti-elitist, her approach is all about accessibility, whether that means inviting collectors in for discussion nights or providing a baby change table in the bathroom, she tells Ashley Crawford.

Art Centre: Warakurna Artists
Warakurna Artists is part of a recent flourishing of Central Desert art centres, not least because of its focus on good governance, nurturing talent and empowering artists reports Jane Raffan.

Gallery snapshot: Charles Nodrum Gallery
Five artists from Melbourne’s charles nodrum gallery, compiled by Prue Gibson.

If I could have…
Timothy Morrell chooses 10 works from stockrooms across Australia that he would buy tomorrow if he could.

Art Fairs Diary
Carrie Miller previews five upcoming international art fairs.

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.

Inside the covers: Ben-Ami Scharfstein on Art Without Borders
Maurice O’Riordan talks to the author of Art Without Borders, Ben-Ami Scharfstein.