‘People gravitate towards the soulful’: Melbourne Art Fair returns


“There’s more intelligence than just buying pretty photos. It’s interesting to see if that’s reflected in sales.

“It gives mid-career white men a run for their money, especially for a number of young indigenous female artists,” she added. “It’s beautiful to see them regaining where they are sitting in art history. Probably the most exciting thing here.”

A crowd at the Melbourne Art Fair.credit:Marie Louise Skibbe

In line with her spirit of representing mid-career up-and-coming artists, Dinant introduced three young female indigenous artists from the Tiwi Islands: Jenary, Karli Talkaridod and Michel Woody Mina Pinnie. The cross-sections of their work featured paintings, sculptures and textiles fused with modern photography. “How many shabby pictures of a white man can you see,” Dinan jokingly said.

The owner of MARS Gallery said he noticed a change in the attitude of companies towards art collections, which led to the rise of art consultants. “Companies want to start correcting mistakes in their collections. They used to be trophy hunting, but yes, Nolan or anyone has noticed that there are a lot of white men.”

Nicholas Smith, who opened his eponymous gallery in Sydney last year, also exhibited works by young indigenous women, primarily landscape paintings by Sia Perkins and a combination of sculptures and prints by Kira Manctero. ..

In addition to the physical works on display, the conversation program will begin on Sunday at 11:30 am, covering topics such as the impact of technology on art, art criticism, and the relationship between artists, curators, and collectors.


Six large installations of sculpture, video, fabric, river lead and dance by Matt Arbuckle, Marie Clark, Sean Meilak, Navira Nordin, Caroline Rothwell and Sally Smart have been commissioned to the Beyond program. rice field. It’s a new element of the year, and the Commission was inspired by COVID-19 and curated by Emily Cormac.

“Each piece wonders what this place is when we aren’t with each other,” she says. “In different ways, the work attracts us to each other. It invites physical proximity, wraps us, dances, sits, invites us to interact digitally, wraps us up, and influences us. . “


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