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Spirit Faces: Anna-Wili Highfield's First Show at Olsen Gruin Gallery NYC

Yellowtrace (www.yellowtrace.com.au)
19 February 2018

After a 10-plus year hiatus, Australian artist Anna-Wili Highfield has returned with a collection of mixed media sculptures. Titled ‘Spirit Faces’, the sculptures are currently being shown at Olsen Gallery’s New York City outpost, Olsen Gruin.

The show is Anna’s first fully conceived body of work in over a decade and follows on from the gallery’s calendar of other strong shows representing some pretty excellent Australian artists: Stephen Ormandy, George Byrne, Leila Jeffreys, and the super cool TV Moore.

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George Byrne Distinct Geometry

Aesthetica Magazine
Feburary 2018

George Byrne features in this months Aesthetic Magazine. Issue #81. "Comparable to the likes of Ellsworth Kelly and Lewis Baltz, George Byrne's practice centres on the process of reduction and multi-dimentionality.   




ZOE YOUNG

In/Out
Artent & Pyke
February 2018

Zoe Young has been featured on IN/OUT by Arent & Pyke after her very successful show at Olsen's Annexe gallery.  

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Julian Meagher | Inlet Outlet

https://gallery.begavalley.nsw.gov.au
February 2018

In April 2017 Bega Valley Regional Gallery welcomed prominent Sydney artist Julian Meagher as inaugural artist in residence. A pilot project for a long term partnership between the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the BVRG, the residency offered the opportunity for visual artists to draw from the unique natural environment of the local region, whilst connecting with regional communities and expanding their practice outside of metropolitan studios.

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Anna-Wili Highfield: Spirit Faces at Olsen Gruin Gallery

Arts Summary - A Visual Journal
February 1, 2018

"Olsen Gruin is pleased to present Spirit Faces, an installational exhibition of new sculptures by Australian artist Anna-Wili Highfield (b. 1980, Sydney). Highfield's first fully conceived body of work in a decade, Spirit Faces gathers a celebratory mélange of animals, body parts, and self-portraits. Virtuosic and playful, Highfield's mixed media sculptures reach new heights of exuberance and material imagination.

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Anna-Wili Highfield's Spirit Faces

www.gessato.com
February 1, 2018

A selection of thought-provoking, mixed media sculptures.

After the clean and minimal photographs of sunny LA which provided a vibrant glimpse into the urban landscape of California, New York-based gallery Olsen Gruin presents the work of a strikingly different artist. Anna-Wili Highfield‘s Spirit Faces exhibition features mixed media sculptures that create an intriguing collection. Made of a blend of glamorous materials, brass, and spray painting finishes, the intricate artworks draw the viewer closer. Animals and body parts combine in carefully shaped sculptures that often remind of a self-portrait.

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Mark Reddie ABC News Breakfast "Robert Klippel exhibition"

Mark Reddie interviewing Tim Olsen on ABC News Breakfast about the upcoming Robert Klippel exhibition at Sydney Contemporary 2017.

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'Jens Einhorn: Raw Vision' at Olsen Gruin, New York

Blouinartinfo.com
Blouinartinfo
January 30, 2018

Olsen Gruin is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Jens Einhorn, titled "Raw Vision."

The exhibition presents a collection of new collage-paintings by the German artist. Einhorn's body of work reveals his interest in channeling the assertive energy of the urban periphery. His new works incorporate shapes cut from tarpaper, layered starkly above a vibrant collage of fabric, acrylic, and spray paint. Similar to how associating our personal memories gives meaning to others' discarded objects, Einhorn's collages are full of suggestion and opportunity.

Born in 1980, Jens Einhorn graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf as a Master Student with Professor Tal R. The artist currently lives and works in Berlin.

The exhibition will be on view through February 5, 2018 at Olsen Gruin, 30 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA.

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Art Collector
Hayley Megan-French
Jan 2018

There is much competition for the grant and artist-in-redisnce opportunities in Australia and beyone. We take a look at two artists who have met with the approval of the institutions responsible for administering these opportunities. 

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Hyperallergic.com
Elena Goukassian
12 January 2018

Don’t focus on the closings. Three cheers for new galleries!

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Image: OLSEN GRUIN installed with its summer show, Wesley Martin Berg and Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri (courtesy OLSEN GRIUIN)

Art galleries are kind of like restaurants. It’s a hard business, and although it’s always sad when one closes (especially after many years serving the neighborhood), when a new one opens, it brings new promise. While 2017 saw the closing of venues like Envoy Enterprises, CRG Gallery, and Sandra Gering Inc., it also witnessed the opening of several brand new galleries in New York City. Here are a few of them [extract]

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AUSTRALIAN STORY: Adrenaline Brush: Sophie Cape

2017

Described as more like a “rock star” than a painter, Sophie Cape never wanted to be an artist.

A former elite athlete, she was destined for the Olympic Games in two separate sports — first as a downhill ski racer and then as a track cyclist — but her sporting career was shattered after suffering catastrophic injury and undergoing controversial “experimental” body-modification surgery intended to ease her pain and help her performance.

Left physically and psychologically traumatised, Sophie Cape then transformed herself into one of Australia’s most celebrated young artists. It’s a profession she has long resisted, as both her mother Ann Cape and her grandmother the late Gwenna Welch are highly regarded artists. But now Sophie Cape has no doubt about becoming the third generation artist in her family: “Art saved me.”

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Laura Jones in Conversation

Talking art education with Laura Jones, Steven Alderton and Andrew Frost. James Valentine interviews them on his ABC TV series The Mix.  

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TV Moore - Double Take: Anne Landa Award 2009

2009

TV Moore - Double Take: Anne Landa Award 2009

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Interview: Paul Davies (Hong Kong Tatler, 2013)

The Australian artist shares his story behind the graphic nature of his architectural masterpiece.

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Zoe's Special Place

The Australian
Alex Speed
December 2017

"There's nothing like a near-death experience to end procrastination. Just ask Zoe Young."  
Zoe Young has spoken to The Australian about how a traumatic near-death experience unleashed an inner urgency to paint. Young has drawn on simple moments of beauty to express a love of life. Her ethos; "Well there is beauty in the world. Look around you and find yours". Zoe Young's exhibition 'Orchard House' is on at OLSEN Annexe until Sunday Dec 17th. To read the full article by Alex Speed click here (subscriber only).

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The Olsen Gruin Gallery, Manhattan, New York

Vacations & Travel Magazine
Daniel Resnik
December 1, 2017

Olsen Gruin is a contemporary art gallery in New York featuring established and emerging Australian and international artists.

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‘If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere...'

As the song goes, if you can make it in New York, especially in the competitive world of art dealing and gallery proprietorship, then you really have made it.

To then take it to the next level and successfully remain there takes precise planning mixed with boundless enthusiasm, talent, charm and commitment. And that's exactly what Aussies Tim Olsen and Emerald Gruin, the savvy proprietors of the Manhattan Art Gallery the ‘OLSEN GRUIN' have in abundance.

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Leila Jeffreys Ornithurae Volume 1
www.theguardian.com
Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
December 1, 2017

A string quartet plays and a nude model poses as an artist paints the walls, in an ephemeral happening in Sydney inspired by the Parisian Belle Époque

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an Jones – the artist, not the shock jock – squeezes paint out of a tube, mixes it with water, and lifts a fat, unwieldy brush to the wall. We are in Potts Point, Sydney, and Jones is making a mural inside the hallowed Yellow House.

He is not alone. Generating music that feeds his rhythm is a live quartet; watching him is a small audience; and, arched over a black plinth, long dark hair cascading down her bare back, is a naked muse.

I am at the opening night of the Sydney Art Quartet’s Butt Naked Salon II, a re-working of the same concept first launched last year, inspired by the salons in the Belle Époque period in Paris.

Image: ‘The night is a blank canvas – anything can go,’ says artist Alan Jones. Photograph: Barnaby Wilshier

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Claudia Damichi Window installation for boutique The Standard Store

December 4, 2019

OLSEN Gallery artist Claudia Damichi has been invited to create a window artwork by yet another fashion apparel big gun - The Standard Store. For this work Claudia has made large scale original adhesive artworks for their Sydney and Melbourne stores that fuses her love of disco and optical art with reggae and Christmas. The super fun window collab will be installed until 28th December.




Leila Jeffreys featured in Design Files

February 2019

Congratulations to Leila Jeffreys feature in Design Files article "7 Women Shaking Up The Australian Art Scene." 

"Another lens-lady worthy of highlighting, and one who we have followed enthusiastically over the years is Sydney-based Leila Jeffreys. From introducing us to the incredible story of Penguin Bloom to highlighting endangered bird species through the astounding exhibitions and books she pours her heart into, Leila has become an unofficial poster girl for native Australian bird life."
For the full article visit here.

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Leila Jeffreys | QBE MUSE @ Taronga Zoo

November 2017

At QBE MUSE @ Taronga Zoo, Leila Jeffreys' stunning larger-than-life photographs bring birds to the forefront and celebrate avian beauty and diversity like never before.
Please join Leila for a private viewing of her works at a unique outdoor exhibition in the lush grounds of Taronga Zoo and become immersed in a vision so powerful we promise you won't look at birds the same way again. Date: Wednesday 29th November Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm Venue: Taronga Zoo, Mosman (enter via main Zoo entrance) RSVP: By Friday 24th November to Pauline Georges at pgeorges@zoo.nsw.gov.au or 02 9932 4251 The evening will include a private walk with the artist followed by a special bird show in the magnificent ampitheatre overlooking Sydney Harbour. Drinks and nibbles are included. A percentage of sales of Leila's artworks will be donated to Taronga's conservation work. For details and the availability of Leila's works please contact OLSEN gallery.