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August 2009 #222 ABN 90 008 651 385 ISSN 1033-4025

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Contents 3 Editorial 5 CIAF in focus


DJON MUNDINE 8 Histories repeating: recent work by r e a

CHRISTINE NICHOLLS 12 Ricky Maynard: Portrait of a Distant Land

LARISSA BEHRENDT 16 Tunnel Vision: 42/45, Darwin

MAURICE O’RIORDAN 18 From Bondi to Aarhus: Sculpture by the Sea

KEN SCARLETT 22 Jeff Koons in the Palace

WES HILL 24 When in Venice ...

MARTYN JOLLY 28 From Hard to Soft: Soft Sculpture at the NGA


JAN JONES 32 Korean Dreams

ADAM GECZY 37 Sucker-punch and soul: Gerry Wedd ceramics

JULIA JONES 40 The Shaping of a Sculptor: John Dowie (1915-2008)

DENNIS COLEMAN 43 Books: Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan, The Sacrifice Bruce Mutard

CEFN RIDOUT 48 Em files 50 Artnotes 63 Opportunity knocks


Billy Missi, Kulba Yadail (Old Lyrics) (detail), 2006, linocut printed in black ink from

one block; paper: Arches BFK 300gsm; matrix size: 84.5 x 47.5cm; edition size: 90. Publisher: Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking. Image courtesy the artist and Djumbunji Press. In Missi’s words: ‘Kulba Yadail teaches us to read the

stars, the moon and the sea. This image symbolises Kulba Yadail that describes our environment, our culture and also our identity.’ The central swaying band which

runs top left to bottom right in this image, represents the complex Kulba Yadail knowledge system. Kulba Yadail is showing in Billi Missi’s solo solo exhibition Urabun

Kai Buai (One Big Kin), a KickArts Contemporary Arts Cairns nationally touring exhibition currently on at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville until 16 August.;

Advertisers directory Back Cover Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Inside Front Cover La Trobe University Museum of Art Inside Back Cover ShContemporary Art Fair 2009 Page 1 TarraWarra Museum of Art Page 4 Janno @ Bright Space Gallery

ANU School of Art 7 Ana Wojak @ Depot 2 18 Art Almanac 62

Art Gallery of Ballarat 15 ArtiFacts Aboriginal Arts Consultancy 62 Ashfield Council Artist-inResidence Program 19 Australian War Memorial 11 Benalla Art Gallery 12 Bendigo Art Gallery 15 Castlemaine Art Gallery 27 Cross Cultural Art Exchange (CCAE) 34 Charles Nodrum Gallery 13 Clarence Prize 2009 35 Contemporary Art Spaces Tas (CAST) 43 Douglas Kahn Lecture Tour 35 Eyeline 62 Fremantle Prison 27 Geelong Art Gallery 10 Gippsland Art Gallery 38 Goulburn Regional Art Gallery 36 JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design 21 Liverpool City Art Prize 29 Liverpool Street Gallery 39

McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park 36 Manningham Gallery 62 Museum & Gallery Services QLD 35 National Art School Sydney 42 National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) 41 National Exhibitions Touring Support (Vic) (NETS) 36+40 Laughing Waters Artist-inResidence Program 2010–– 28 Prospect Gallery 21 RAFT Artspace 33 Red Gate Gallery Beijing 62 RMIT Gallery 32 Sculpture by the Sea 30 University of Western Sydney 36 Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery 20 Wollongong City Gallery 21 Womens Art Register 62 Your Arts Prizes 21

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