What’s on: July Art Exhibitions

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What’s on: July Art Exhibitions

Art Exhibitions Melbourne
Image: Bob Gibson, Patjantja 2021, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 147 x 147 cm. Provenance: Tjarlirli Art, WA cat 21-1243.
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With tons of galleries and shows to see this month, here are Beat’s recommendations of exhibitions, art shows and instillation in and around Melbourne.


Bob and Mary

Head to Vivien Anderson Gallery for Bob and Mary, an exhibit featuring painted works from mother and son duo, Mary Gibson and Bob Gibson. Dedicated to exhibiting contemporary Indigenous art, Vivien Anderson Gallery has been representing extraordinary Indigenous artists for over 30 years. With a dedicated exhibition calendar for represented and guest artists, it’s part of the gallery’s key initiative to present Indigenous artists from remote, rural and urban centres internationally.

It’s on until July 23 at Vivien Anderson Gallery.


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Jaedon Shin: Double Moon

In his latest exhibition, Jaedon Shin interrogates his duel identity as a Korean and an Australian through the dream-like worlds represented in his paintings. Vibrating with colour, memory and imagination, his work contemplates inner and transcultural experiences of growing up in the divided nation of Korea as well as his reflections on the migrant experience.

Visit the Heide Museum of Modern Art to catch Jaedon Shin: Double Moon. It runs from June 11 until October 30.

Keep up to date with Melbourne’s latest art events, exhibitions and performances here.


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Requiem to New York, Photographs by Ashley Gilbertson

An ode to a pre-pandemic New York, Requiem to New York is a visually powerful collection that tells the story of a city in a time of uncertain crisis. Recognised for his photographs of conflict zones, photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson documents a New York in the throes of 2020, capturing the uncertainty that unfolded around him during his regular jogs of the city.

The exhibition runs until August 22 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Fed Square


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Light: Works from Tate’s Collection

A collection of over 70 works curated by Tate in the UK, Light focuses on the artistic fascination with light by showcasing art from over 200 years of art history. Works from great Romantic painters such as Turner and Impressionist artists such as Monet, Pissarro and Sisley are juxtaposed against works of modern and contemporary sculptural art in this illuminating exhibition.

You can catch Light: Works from Tate’s Collection from June 16 to November 13 at ACMI

The Picasso Century

Charting the extraordinary career of Pablo Picasso, the NGV has collaborated with the Centre Pompidou and the Musée National Picasso-Paris to bring together over 80 works by Picasso. Curated by scholar of 20th century painting, Didier Ottigner, The Picasso Century also features over 100 works by his contemporaries, alongside dialogues of those who inspired his work. A powerful exploration of the artist’s personal, artistic and intellectual engagement with his peers, the exhibition is separated into 12 thematic sections to trace the many distinct periods of the artist’s career.

The Picasso Century runs from June 10 until October 9 at NGV Melbourne

Susan Jacobs: The Ants Are In The Idiom and Still Life

Two are exhibitions presented side by side in Buxton Contemporary this June – The Ants Are In The Idiom is a presentation of newly commissioned work by Susan Jacobs that meditates on the relationship between language and matter through drawing, sculpture and installation. Drawings and models from the University of Melbourne’s Herbarium are presented in Still Life, an exhibition that explores symbiotic relationships, mycelial networks and microorganisms that exist within the natural sciences.

The exhibition runs from June 3 to November 6 at Buxton Contemporary


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Like a Wheel That Turns: The 2022 Macfarlane Commissions

The third edition of the The Macfarlane Commissions – a partnership with ACCA that supports ambitious new projects of emerging and mid-career artists – features the works of Nadia Hernández, Lucina Lane, Gian Manik, Betty Muffler, Jahnne Pasco-White, Jason Phu, JD Reforma and Esther Stewart. In turn, they have approached the medium of painting as a vehicle to consider cultural and family histories, as well as our relationship to Country and the environment.

Like a Wheel that Turns takes place from July 2 until September 4 at ACCA. Entry is free.


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Schoolhouse Gallery: Jodie Kipps and Jess Mitchell

A not-for-profit creative space, Schoolhouse Studios offers residencies to up-and-coming artists in Melbourne. A community space that anyone can apply to, Schoolhouse Studios in Coburg comes with a gallery attached, where they run exhibits. In July, they’re exhibiting works by Jodie Kipps from July 4 until July 18 and Jess Mitchell from July 18 until August 1.

Visit Schoolhouse Studios at 28 Victoria Street, Coburg. Or, if you’ve got a body of work, head to their website and inquire about putting on an exhibit of your own.