Australia's Epic Summer Arts Calendar

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The arts scene flourishes at this time of the year. Akash Arora contemplates six major exhibitions around Australia.

VIC

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei

A collaboration between the NGV and the US’s Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, this exhibition features more than 300 works by two of the most significant artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. On the surface, Chinese contemporary artist Weiwei’s work might not appear to have much in common with Warhol, renowned for his pioneering Pop Art prints, but look closer and parallels emerge.

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
December 11-April 24

NSW

Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career

Turner Prize-winning English artist Grayson Perry is just as famous for his intricately painted ceramic vases as he is for his flamboyant alter ego, Claire. Part of the 2015-2016 Sydney International Art Series, this is Perry’s first major exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere. It includes sculptures, ceramics, drawings, prints and tapestries, and themes range from biblical stories to sexual fantasies.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
December 10-May 1 

TAS

Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition

Two people, one artist: London-based Gilbert & George are renowned for their brightly hued photographic art. This show – curated by Gilbert & George with MONA’s Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne – features 97 pictures spanning five decades and covers death, hope, race and religion.

MONA, Hobart
Until March 28 

ACT

Tom Roberts

This is a showing of more than 130 artworks by one of Australia’s most prominent artists, Tom Roberts, from his early days studying at London’s Royal Academy of Arts in 1883 through to 1931. One of Roberts’ most recognisable works, Shearing the Rams (1888-90), will be part of the exhibition, along with A Break Away!, an 1891 painting that depicts a mob of sheep stampeding towards a dam.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
December 4-March 28

QLD

8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8)

India’s Asim Waqif and South Korea’s Haegue Yang are among the 80-plus artists from more than 30 countries participating in this exhibition. A highlight of APT8 is Yumi Danis (We Dance), a Melanesian multimedia installation that brings together dancers and musicians from West Papua, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Until April 10

NSW

Brett Whiteley: Other Places

“They call Paris a whore because she seduces you on every corner, and every street I turned, I could see another picture,” once wrote Australian artist Brett Whiteley. This exhibition focuses on his best impressions of the city in works he painted when he was just 20 years old to those he created on his final trip in 1989.

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
December 11-20, January 8-March 20 (Friday-Sunday only)

Top image: Andy Warhol, Brillo Soap Pads Box1964. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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