There is no doubt that 2013 was a big year for Australian art but 2014 is shaping up to be an even bigger year. In 2014, Australian art lovers have an amazing program of major exhibitions to choose from including the Biennale of Sydney, the Adelaide Biennial, SaFARI 2014, and the National Gallery of Victoria’s “Melbourne Now” exhibition, to name a few.
In anticipation of a fantastic year of Australian art in 2014, BLOUIN ARTINFO has selected ten Australian artists to watch for in 2014, ranging from young emerging talent to established artists.
In 2013, Melbourne artist Alasdair McLuckie not only won the Qantas SOYA Visual Art Award, he was chosen to participate in the epic “Melbourne Now” exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. He was also included in the Ten Cubed Collection’s first top ten solo show in March and began his two-year residency at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne. Best known for his wonderful bead paintings, McLuckie engages with a range of different mediums to explore and reinvent themes of traditional folklore, tribalism, and ritual.
Alasdair McLuckie is represented by Murray White Room, Melbourne
The beautiful yet unsettling organic forms of Sydney-based ceramic artist Juz Kitson’s ceramic installation “Changing Skin” was one of the highlights of the 2013 “Primavera” exhibition at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Following its presentation at the MCA, “Changing Skin” will be one of the centrepieces of the Australia Platform at the 2014 edition of Art Stage Singapore, exposing Kitson’s work to a broad audience from all over the Asia-Pacific. Since her first solo exhibition at Sydney’s Flinders Street Gallery in 2010, Kitson has captured the attention of the Australian art scene with her exotic, organic hybrid creations.
Tony Garifalakis has been exhibiting extensively in Australia since the late 90’s, but 2014 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years for the Melbourne-based artist. From June 12 to August 21, the Art Gallery of New South Wales will present a major exhibition of Garifilakis’ work in its contemporary project space. Entitled “Shock and awe,” the exhibition features a selection of commercial prints, posters and advertisements have been modified and altered by a process used by government agencies to censor sensitive material in declassified documents. Garifalakis will also exhibit as part of the 2014 Adelaide Biennial and has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 Prudential Eye Awards.
Tony Garifalakis is represented by Hugo Mitchell Gallery, Adelaide.
If the sell-out exhibition of Melbourne artist Kate Shaw’s psychedelic landscape paintings at Fehily Contemporary in October is anything to go by, Shaw is an artist to watch in 2014. Her extensive 2014 exhibition schedule includes solo shows at Gippsland Regional Gallery, The Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong, and at the Art14 art fair in London in conjunction with Fehily Contemporary.
Melbourne-based artist Emily Floyd is best known for her large-scale sculptures and public commissions referencing children’s’ educational toys. In 2014, two major survey exhibitions of Floyd’s work will be held in Australia – the first at Melbourne’s Heide Museum from March 15 to July 13 and the second at the National Gallery of Victoria from November 14 to March 15, 2015. The NGV exhibition “Emily Floyd: The Dawn” will feature keynote works dating from 2001 to 2014 including major installations, lesser-known early works, and a newly commissioned kid's project based on Feminist activism from the 1970s and 80s.
Emily Floyd is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney and Melbourne.
Queensland-born Aboriginal artist Dale Harding’s “bright eyed little dormitory girls” installation was one of the highlights of the “String Theory” organized by Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Harding’s “bright eyed little dormitory girls” consists of five hessian sacks fashioned as girls’ dresses – a reference to the “punishment frocks” that girls housed in institutions were once made to wear. In 2014, Harding will exhibit as part of the 2014 Sydney Biennale satellite event SafARI.
2013 was a big year for Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist Keg de Souza who was awarded a Creative Australia Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts, exhibited one of her signature inflatable structures at the 5th Auckland Triennial in New Zealand, and collaborated with Indonesian artist collective ruangrupa for the “Vertical Villages” project at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. In 2014 de Souza plans to develop a number of site-specific book-based sculptures in New York.
The witty and politically charged practice of Indigenous artist Richard Bell has been a prominent component of Australia’s art scene for more than 20 years. Following on from a very successful year in 2013, Bell’s work will be exhibited at numerous venues around Australia and internationally in 2014. The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art will host his first solo exhibition in Western Australia, “Embassy,“ and his 2013 Artspace Sydney solo exhibition, “Imagining Victory,” will tour throughout regional New South Wales and Victoria from October 2014 to March 2016.
Richard Bell is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Sydney performance artist Justin Shoulder burst onto the Australian art scene in 2012 with his performance work “The River Eats,” which traces the journey of Pinky – an over-caffeinated, attention-deficient demon whose identity is undergoing a fantastic metamorphosis. “The River Eats” continued its successful run in 2013 as part of the Performance Space's “Show Off” Season and will again take centre stage in 2014 at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in Brisbane from February 18 to 22. Shoulder will also curate the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art’s first Art Bar for 2014 in conjunction with performance collective The Glitter Militia.
Sydney and New York-based artist TV Moore has already received significant attention in Australia and internationally, but 2014 is shaping up to be a major year for the artist. In addition to being exhibited as part of the “Melbourne Now” exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria and the acclaimed “Future Primitive” exhibition at Melbourne’s Heide Museum, Campbelltown Arts Centre will present a major survey of Moore’s work in March. Moore will also participate in the 2014 Biennale of Sydney and has also been selected to participate in the 2014 Adelaide Biennial.
TV Moore is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.