06/30/18

JOHN OLSEN | LEAPING FROG AT CATALINA, ROSE BAY

Earlier today John Olsen has revealed the sculpture Leaping Frog at Catalina, Rose Bay. Be sure to take in this new work when next dining at the fabulous restaurant.

 

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06/30/18

ZOE YOUNG | WINNER OF PIRTEK PRIZE FOR STILL LIFE PAINTING

Congratulations to Zoe Young who has been awarded the Pirtek Prize for Still Life Painting at the Bowral Art Gallery for her work Apples for tea, which will be a part of her upcoming show Winter Soundtrack at Olsen Gallery.

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06/30/18

OLSEN GRUIN | NEW YORK MAGAZINE

 

OLSEN GRUIN‘s breathtaking survey of Aboriginal art Beyond the Veil was recently featured in New York Magazine.

 

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06/30/18

JOHN YOUNG | 4A CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART

Do not miss The Burrangong Affray: Jason Phu & John Young Zerunge
at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art,
SYDNEY. 29 JUNE – 12 AUGUST 2018.

Between November 1860 and September 1861 the New South Wales goldfields of Burrangong, near the present day township of Young, was the the site of Australia’s largest racially motivated riot. Rising antagonism over gold mining disparities and cultural habits saw trivial misunderstandings intensify into racial tensions that erupted into violence across the goldfields. Over 10 months, Chinese miners were subjected to threats, robbery and sustained acts of violence.This anti-Chinese sentiment had swept through the goldfields of Victoria in the 1850s and by the early 1860s had reached a flashpoint in New South Wales, provoking public opinion and debate. In Sydney, the NSW Parliament responded to the contention by passing legislation to restrict Chinese immigration and began, alongside Victoria and South Australia, to write the prelude to the White Australia Policy.

Through a series of residencies in Young and surrounding historical sites, Chinese-Australian artists Jason Phu and John Young Zerunge trace the events and repercussions of this period of civil disobedience. Supported by historian Dr Karen Schamberger, the artists’ research-led practice interweaves these accounts of history to create contemporary mediations that reflects upon the forces of identity, economics, race and otherness in Australia today.

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06/23/18

Olsen Gruin | The New York Times

Olsen Gruin has been featured in the latest issue of The New York Times.

What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week

The New York Times
Martha Schwendener, Jason Farago, Will Heinrich and Jillian Steinhauer
June 20, 2018

Extract: ‘Beyond the Veil’

Through July 8. Olsen Gruin, 30 Orchard St., Manhattan; 646-613-7011, olsengruin.com

Who gets to narrate history? Who gets to represent whom? These questions have been roiling the American art world lately, but they are nothing new in Australia — especially in regard to its indigenous population, who faced official efforts to erase their culture well into the 20th century through forced assimilation. Visual art has provided a crucial tool to help redress these erasures, and at this New York outpost of a Sydney gallery, the paintings by five women from central Australia, and one collaborative group, testify to the vibrancy of Aboriginal Australian art and the necessity of speaking for yourself.

 

View the full article here.

 

 

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06/9/18

Olsen Limited | DENFAIR

DENFAIR is Australia’s leading destination for contemporary design and art for professional designers, architects, interior stylists and design-lovers. Its curated design event, refined over three years and held annually in Melbourne and Sydney, has become the connection point where today hundreds of local and international brands come together in their passion for design to utilise DENFAIR as a platform for business growth and opportunity.

Learn more about Denfair here.

Olsen’s Contemporary Limited Editions in associations with the curated design event are having several of our artists participate in the event. See all the works below.

Crowded Room, 2018

Stephen Ormandy

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 50 prints, hand signed, editioned and titled by the artist
Image size 112.5 cm x 90 cm
First published in 2018

Harbour Pools (Blue Swimmer Crab), 2018

John Olsen

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 35 prints, hand signed, editioned and titled by the artist
Image size 71 x 135cm
First Published 2018

 

Magnolia and Vine, 2018

Nicholas Harding

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 25 prints, hand signed and editioned by the artist
Image size 61 x 61 cm
First published in 2018

 

Disco Boat, 2018

McLean Edwards

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 35 prints, hand signed and editioned by the artist
Image size 50 x 50cm
First published in 2018

 

The Inlet #8, 2018

Julian Meagher

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 25 prints, hand signed, editioned and titled by the artist
Image size 80 x 64cm
First published in 2018

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06/9/18

Andrew Taylor & Matthew Johnson | Art with Heart

Very Special Kids presents Art With Heart auction.

Andrew Taylor  and Matthew Johnson will  be participating in the charities Art exhibition and auction for exceptional fine paintings and sculptures from leading contemporary artists. See Andrew and Matthews featured works below.

 

Outside: Friday, 2017
oil on linen
183 × 183 cm
price estimate  $16,000 – 20,000
Effussio Stratum III,  2018
(INDICATIVE IMAGE ONLY)
oil on linen
184 × 240 cm
price estimate $15,000 – 20,000
To see further information about the event please view precious posts.
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06/9/18

Laura Jones | Art with Heart

Laura Jones will be participating in the Art with Heart Auction presented by the Very Special Kids charity.
The free-of-charge family support services include counseling, advocacy, sibling support, bereavement
support, networking and peer activities, trained family volunteers and specialist care at Very Special Kids Hospice.
Very Special Kids Hospice is the only children’s hospice in Victoria and we offer families access to planned and
emergency respite, as well as end-of-life care. The hospice provides 24-hour medical and nursing care
in a warm and welcoming environment. It costs more than $8 million each year to operate Very Special Kids.  The generosity of the community is essential for sustaining this wonderful charity.

 

Midnight Banksia, 2018
oil on linen
122 × 102 cm
price estimate $6,000 – 8,000
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06/9/18

Julian Meagher | Art with Heart

Very Special Kids‘ presents the Art with Heart auction.

Very Special Kids is a children’s charity that helps more than 900 families across Victoria who have a child with a life threatening condition with on going support from diagnosis all the way through bereavement.

Julian Meagher will be participating in the charities Art exhibition and auction for exceptional fine paintings and sculptures from leading contemporary artists. See Julian’s featured work below.
Wapengo #2, 2018
oil on linen
153 × 122 cm
price estimate $9,000 – 12,000
To buy a ticket for the event please click here.
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06/9/18

Beyond the Veil | Olsen Gruin

The next exhibition to be held in our New York gallery – Olsen Gruin is ‘Beyond the Veil’, curated by Adam Knight.

No doubt many of the bigwigs in town for all the art stars, megagalleries and super-auctions, missed maybe the best secret show in New York at the moment, this six-artist exhibition of Australian Aboriginal women painters curated by the president of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia — a show that gives us a breathtaking small survey of what critic Robert Hughes (who in almost every case except this I disagreed with) called “the last great art movement of the twentieth century.” Start with the tremendous late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who started painting in her 70s, but whose strangely structured, still amorphous compositions of smears, dots, daubs, and squiggles create rippling worlds, undergrowth, river scenes, and complex cosmic interior space; and contrast her Rothko-like ruminations to the more detailed, pictorial, and symbolic images created by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, and then to a mind-blowing group effort made by a collective of women that looks like a magic-carpet quilt for the spirit. It’s time for these artists and many others to be shown in and collected by museums, placed in context, installed for good in permanent collections along with other such “outsider” and “self-taught” artists, and to finally scrap our sick, desolated, apartheid-like systematic exclusion of any but “insider” artists.

– Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine

 

Read the full article here.

Artworks are available at Olsen Gruin.

 

Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Untitled 1993
Synthetic polymer paints on Belgian linen
23.6 x 35 inches
(59.9 x 88.9 cm)
SOLD

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