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Relishing the Absurd

The Courier-Mail
Thursday 22 October 2009, p.53
Suzanna Clarke

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It's disconcerting, yet fascinating, to see a massive rhinoceros leaning over a fragile teacup; a disembodied hand floating in the air or fairies escaped from a peculiar fantasy world.

Seduction and Subversion

Exhibition Invitation
2 October to 15 November 2009
Tweed River Art Gallery

You are warmly invited to attend the official exhibition opening of Seduction and Subversion: The Art of James Guppy 1989-2009 by writer and presenter Andrew Frost.

Seduction and Subversion: the art of James Guppy 1989-2009

Exhibition Catalogue
Tweed River Art Gallery

Exhibition catalogue for James Guppy's major touring exhibition, "Seduction and Subversion: the art of James Guppy 1989-2009".

Softcover, 48pp, illustrated
ISBN: 9780980336065
21 x 21cm

Essays by Susi Muddiman, Alison Kubler, and Andrew Frost.

Local lad pushes it in art win

The Newcastle Herald
19 September 2009
Matt Carr

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BRANXTON artist Todd Fuller has snared a national prize, pushing the boundaries of the competition in the process.

Fuller, 21, this month won the $5000 Acquisitive Award as part of the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards.

The winning entry was "Watt Art?", an animation filmed at the Watt Space Gallery in Newcastle.

"It was a solid week's work, and that's not including editing," Fuller said.


Open Gallery - Melinda Le Guay

Sydney Morning Herald (Spectrum), p.14
5 September 2009
Lissa Christopher

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Fine copper wire and synthetic thread become both beautiful and dangerous in Melinda Le Guay's hands. The artist has knitted a series of narrow, loose-stitched little dresses out of the wire and given them old-fashioned girls' names such as Elspeth and Ruby. They're delicate and spooky, like decaying christening or perhaps burial robes for a skinny, scary baby. Elsewhere, a row of tiny, perfect but dead creatures - including a bird, a lizard and a micro bat - are fatally but aesthetically entangled in thread in an installation titled Snared (detail pictured).


Lowensteins Arts Management Press Release

September 2009

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Lowensteins Arts Management CPAs has now received advice from the ATO confirming that small businesses (turnover <$2m) are eligible to receive an investment allowance of up to 50% on the purchase of artworks up to 31 December 2009*.

The specialist arts accountancy firm sought this advice in June by putting forward a number of guidelines that they believed would enable artworks to be claimed under the new allowance.


The Fine Art of a Tax Break

Australian Financial Review
Friday 26 June 2009, p.3
John Kehoe & Hannah Tattersall

A new painting or sculpture might not immediately spring to mind as a business asset but artworks will qualify with cars and computers for the federal government tax break to encourage business to invest in new plant and equipment.

Businesses shelling out for cars, luxury boats and plasma televisions could also receive up to a 50 per cent tax break for new depreciating assets used predominantly in the course of business.


Critic's Choice

Australian Art Collector, #49, p.202
July-September 2009
Andrew Frost

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James Guppy is a productive and imaginative artist - always trying new things, experimenting with techniques and presentations, not all of them necessarily successful, but impressively diverse and wholeheartedly committed to the surrealist project.

If I could have...

Australian Art Collector, #49, pp.220-221
July-September 2009
Courtney Kidd

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Courtney Kidd chooses 10 works from stockrooms across Australia that she would buy tomorrow if she could.

Inside Out and Outside In

Bangkok Post
15 January, 2009
Andrew J. West

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An exhibition that lends visual documentation of the progress and opposing traits in human physicality and life. Tadu Gallery has been transformed into an anatomy museum by the works of Australian artist Patsy Payne in an artistic attempt to comprehend the meaning of humanity in an age where the human body has been demystified by centuries of dissection and scientific investigation.

Metropicks - Joel Bliss

Sydney Morning Herald (Metro), p.19
22 May, 2009
Tracey Clement

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The Heavy metal sculptures in the Canberra artist's solo show, World After, radiate a barely contained violence. They mimic perfectly balanced bits of rubble, like obsolete mechanisms from crumbling civilisations.

Sculptor Onto A Shore Thing

Newcastle Herald
29 March 2009
Melissa Lyons

Left: Picture by Peter Stoop

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PETER Tilley's artwork is set for a royal encounter when it is shipped off to Denmark today.

The Hunter sculptor is one of 60 Australian artists invited to exhibit at Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark, which will be officially opened by Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary on June 4.

Between the Idea and the Reality, which took Mr Tilley just six weeks to complete, will appear in the free outdoor exhibition.

"There is no other place where your work gets that much exposure so it's pretty exciting," Mr Tilley said.