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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.

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The Approval Matrix

New York Magazine
June 2018

The Approval Matrix - Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies...

BRILLIANT - The breathtaking small survey of Aboriginal art "Beyond the Veil" at Olsen Gruin gallery.



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“Beyond the Veil” at Olsen Gruin

Arte Fuse
Jonathan Goodman
9 June 2018

So, there is something that holds true in a show like this, which presupposes a different way of looking at society because of the long reach of the West's current obsession with money. Clearly, affluence is not a major interest of the women in this show, who live in the central desert of Australia and who work on paintings that, despite their abstraction, remain close to their lives. This is a different cry by far from the recent dot paintings of Damien Hirst, whose probable appropriation-we are not certain this is true-looks like very much like the theft of a venerable art coming from a culture some 100,000 years old. Hirst's borrowings do tend to look facile in light of the greater gravitas of the indigenous women's works, which can be understood by Western viewers-albeit on a level likely more superficial than the paintings themselves. In any case, the controversy raises real issues about the appropriation of other cultures-a hallmark of Western art practice since the beginnings of modernism, when Picasso made use of African masks for his work Les demoiselles d'Avignon.

 

BEYOND THE VEIL CURATED BY ADAM KNIGHT
May 16 – July 8, 2018
OLSEN GRUIN NY
-Jonathan Goodman

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Three Sentence Reviews of Marlene Dumas, Dan Colen, and 11 Other Art-World Big Shots

Vulture.com
Jerry Saltz
May 31, 2018

To coincide with several big art fairs and last week’s massive auctions, many larger galleries mounted shows of their bigger artists. So let’s read the tea leaves on the upper end of the food chain.

Extract:  Beyond the Veil
Curated by Adam Knight
Olsen Gruin

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.”

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“Beyond The Veil” at Olsen Gruin, New York

Blouin ArtInfo
May 29, 2018

Olsen Gruin is currently hosting a group exhibition titled "Beyond The Veil."

Until July 8, 2018, Olsen Gruin will host an exhibition that celebrates Aboriginal Australian artistic practices. “Beyond the Veil” features a group of contemporary Australian artists. It has been made possible by the gallery’s collaboration with the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia. The group show will be on view at the gallery’s New York venue.

This group exhibition of Central Desert Paintings has been curated by the President of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia, Adam Knight. The anticipated show features select works by Emily Kame KngwarreyeEvelyn Pultara, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Gayla Pwerle, Polly Ngale, and the Women’s Collaborative comprising Beverly Cameron, Kathy Marinkga, Imitjala Curley, and Tjangili George.

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

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Beyond the Veil

www.artweek.com
Emerald Gruin
13 May 2018

Olsen Gruin is pleased to present Beyond the Veil, a group exhibition of Central Desert Paintings curated by the President of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia, Adam Knight. The anticipated show features select works by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Evelyn Pultara, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Gayla Pwerle, Polly Ngale, and the Women’s Collaborative comprising Beverly Cameron; Kathy Marinkga, Imitjala Curley, and Tjangili George, and will be on view from May 16 – July 8, 2018.

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Beyond the Veil x Adam Knight

the360mag.com
7 May 2018

Olsen Gruin is pleased to present Beyond the Veil, a group exhibition of Western Desert Paintings curated by the President of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia, Adam Knight.

The anticipated show features select works by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Evelyn Pultara, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Gayla Pwerle, Polly Ngale, and the Women's Collaborative comprising Beverly Cameron; Kathy Marinkga, Imitjala Curley, and Tjangili George, and will be on view from May 16 - July 8, 2018.

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George Byrne | The Guardian

The Guardian
Nell Frizzell
Thursday 26th April 2018

Nell Frizzell interviews George Byrne in this months issue of The Guardian. George speaks of a moment whilst on a road trip from Los Angeles to Philadelphia.
"At a time of Islamophobia in the western world, it was a moment of connection,"
To read the full article please click here .



profile: Julian Meagher

Vogue Living Australia
Freya Herring
May/June 2018

Through the touch of this gifted Sydney artist, some of lifes most ordinary elements become extraordinary works of art.

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Space Dahlias | Vogue living

Vogue Living
May/June 2018

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Did Damien Hirst Rip Off Aboriginal Australian Artists’s Work?

Frieze.com
April 3, 2018

Australian artists and dealers claim ‘uncanny’ similarities between Hirst’s ‘Veil Paintings’ and landscapes of the late Emily Kame Kngwarrey.

Damien Hirst’s ‘Veil Paintings’ works – recently on show at Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles (ranging from USD$500,000 to $1.7 million) – have come under fire for their similarity to the work of female Aboriginal artists, including Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who died in 1996.

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The Shape of water

Belle Magazine
Harry Roberts
April 2018

A brush with nature lead Julian Meagher to widen his world view as seen in his luminous new work.

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Butt Naked Salon

November 2017

At the end of November of 2017 Alan Jones performed an evocation of a bohemian art salon that merges music, live drawing and painting. He painted the walls of Yellow House while the Sydney Art Quartet performed Schubert, Sculthorpe & Finzi with Musings from Tim Olsen.

Liquitex Australia has released a clip on their youtube summarising the event.

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Is Damien Hirst’s Latest Series a Ripoff of an Aboriginal Australian Artist? See the Works Side-by-Side

Artnet.com
Sarah Cascone
March 30, 2018

Damien Hirst's new work looks a lot like the paintings of famed Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

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Damien Hirst Denies Ripping Off Female Aboriginal Artists—Was ‘Unaware’ of Their Work

Observer
Daniel Grant
March 29, 2018

Lots of art looks (and sounds and reads) like other art, which is why fine artists and musicians and authors periodically lob accusations of “stealing” at one another.

View works by Kathy Maringka "Tali Ngura - Sandhill Country " and "Tjulpuntjulpunpa " featured in the Olsen Gruin 2017 exhibition "Sharing Country ". 

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Stephen Ormandy “Only Dancing”

SURFACE MAGAZINE Weekend Cheat Sheet
Surface Editors
March 5

Stephen Ormandy “Only Dancing”
Olsen Gruin
OPENS: March 7
The Lower East Side gallery presents a collection of new abstract oil on linen paintings and resin sculptures by Australian artist Stephen Ormandy, co-founder/creative designer of Dinosaur Designs.



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The Fitzpartick-Leland House

Paul Davies talks about The Fitzpatrick-Leland House.
Mak Centre for Art and Architecture 2017.

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ANNA-WILLI HIGHFIELD | OLSEN GRUIN

http://www.dartmagazine.com/
Christopher Hart Chambers
February 2018

Christopher Hart Chambers reviews Anna-Willi Highfield‘s exhibition Spirit Faces at Olsen Gruin Gallery in New York City.

Up front by the gallery's storefront window on the Orchange Street strip on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which is now perhaps the premier location for current fine art, stands a construction of sheet brass shards, with straight, think brass rods projecting outwards in all directions, extending like rays of light or exclamation points.



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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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