Heide Kitchen Garden

The original kitchen garden with Heide II in the background

The mysterious garlic flower

Early summer is one of my favourite times of the year in Melbourne. The leaves are still green, flowers bloom and perfume can fill the air. The breeze is cool. It is the time before the ravages of the summer to come. It was a beautiful day at the Heide Museum of Contemporary Art in Melbourne. The museum on the banks of the Yarra River near Heidelberg was once the home of John and Sunday Reed and this is their kitchen garden. In the background is the contemporary home they built which is now a gallery. The Reeds were famous patrons of artists in mid-twentieth century Melbourne including Sidney Nolan and Joy Hester.


Ngayarta Kujarra

11 WA artists, Ngayarta Kujarra, 2009, polymer paint on canvas 300x500cm

This painting is currently on view at the National Gallery of Victoria. A massive work made by a group of artists from Western Australia, Yikartu Bumba Manyjilyjarra, Jakayu Biljabu Manyjilyjarra, Nyanjilpayi Nancy Chapman Manyjilyjarra, May Chapman Manyjilyjarra, Doreen Chapman Manyjilyjarra, Linda James Manyjilyjarra Mulyatingki Marney Manyjilyjarra, Reena Roger Manyjilyjarra, Beatrice Simpson Manyjilyjarra, Ronelle Simpson Manyjilyjarra, Muntararr Rosie Williams Manyjilyjarra, Ngayarta Kujarra, 2009, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 300.0 x 500.1 cm.
Even better in real life, I couldn't stop looking at it. It is such a fabulous work.

Richard Serra

Installation view, "Richard Serra: Vertical and Horizontal Reversals," David Zwirner, New York, 2014

I have been a fan of Richard Serra's sculpture for a long time, but I saw his drawings in a Summer Salon at the Royal Academy, London some years ago and I thought they were the best works in the exhibition. 

Richard Serra, 'Vertical and Horizontal Reversals' David Zwirner, New York, November 6 - December, 20, 2014. 


Damien Hirst

Washington, 2014, gloss painting and metal objects on canvas, 183 x 275 cm.

Damien Hirst, 'Black Scalpel Cityscapes', 11 November 2014 – 31 January 2015, White Cube, São Paolo.
Interesting exhibition by Hirst. Large scale paintings on black gloss background constructed with medical scalpels, needles, fish hooks, aluminium filings and other metal objects.
Read the exhibition statement here

Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy of Arts, a retrospective until December 14, 2014. I particularly like this work, 'The Rhine'. A must see if I was in London.


Melbourne Art Fair Vernissage, 2014

Zu Jinshi, Pearl Lam Gallery, Hong Kong

Su Xiaobai, Pearl Lam Gallery, Hong Kong

Conny Dietzschold Gallery with Donald Martiny on the left

Glass abstraction at Conny Dietzschold Gallery

Conny Dietzschold Gallery with Edgar Diehl left

Dorothy Napangardi

Roslyn Oxely9 Gallery, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu and David Noonan right

Emma Langridge at Anna Pappas Gallery

Karl Wiebke at Liverpool Street Gallery

Louise Blyton at Cube Contemporary Art Projects

Dani Marti

Early work by Sally Gabori

Watters Gallery, Sydney with a Tony Tuckson

Hannah Quinlivan and Agneta Ekholm at Flinders Lane Gallery

Michael Zavros at Stark White, New Zealand

Peter Adsett at Paulnauche New Zealand

Yomaki Art Gallery, Osaka

Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin

Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, August 13-17, 2014. This is just a snap shot, there is so much more to see!


Bernard Cohen

Floris, 1964, oil and tempera on canvas, 1830 x 1834 mm