The Art Diary: 8 exhibitions to enjoy from around Australia

Lucio’s: Food, Art and Friendship
John Olsen, Charles Blackman, Judy Cassab, Imants Tillers and more
Art Auction of the Lucio’s Italian Restaurant Collection
21 Mar 2021, starting at 14:00 EST

The magic of Lucio’s has drawn to it a generation of artists who have claimed it as their own. For the rest of us, it is like gaining entry to a rather special clubhouse. Lining the walls are decades of works.

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Until 14 June

Highlights include Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34 1640, Vermeer’s A Young Woman seated at a Virginal c.1670 and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers 1888.

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Everything Is True
John Curtin Gallery, Perth
Until 23 April

An emotionally charged journey through the memories, dreamscapes, and spiritual imagination of one of Australia’s most compelling contemporary artists.

NGV Art Triennial
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Until 18 April

As creative disciplines become increasingly porous and interconnected, new systems, materials and technologies are rapidly changing the ways in which artists and designers can imagine and speculate on the future. 

Luke Cornish (aka ELK)
Don’t Shoot the Messenger
amBUSH Gallery, Canberra
Read our story here
Until 11 April

It’s important to keep these important issues front and centre, to expose and educate people to what’s happening in the world, hopefully people will absorb and disseminate this information, that’s where change comes from, people.

Gerwyn Davies
UNSW Galleries, Sydney
13 March to 17 April

They renew and affirm camp’s queer critical capacities, moving beyond popular understandings of camp as a gay sensibility, a mode of theatrical performativity, or an ironic inversion of taste.

John Bokor
A Place Like Home
Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
Until 27 March 21

My interest lies more in the human condition inherent in these spaces we inhabit, away from prying eyes.

Antonia Sellbach
To Build and Dismantle
Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne
Until 27 March

Sellbach is open to what her painted beams might be building, what they might depict structurally. But this exhibition takes that ambiguity to new lyrical heights.

Captions: Charles Blackman, (1928-2018), The Table, signed lower left: ‘Blackman’, oil on canvas, 121.0 x 100.5cm; Vincent van Gogh. Sunflowers. 1888. © The National Gallery, London; Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Pretty Beach, 2019, painted wood, silver ballchain, crystals, audio; NGV Triennial 2020 installation view of Hannah Brontë EYE HEAR U MAGIK 2020, Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Proposed acquistion with funds donated by Vicki Vidor OAM and Peter Avery, 2020, © Hannah Brontë. Photo: Tom Ross; USD by Luke Cornish; Gerwyn Davies, LA 2 Norms, 950 x 950cm; John Bokor, The Captain’s Room Study, 2020, oil on board, 27 x 30 cm and Antonia Sellbach ‘Unstable Object #49’ 2020 acrylic and gesso on linen 150 x 150cm