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December 2009 – February 2010 Sizzling Summer I ssue #226

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Song Wei, Hamburger, 2008, fibreglass sculpture, 80 x 80 x 80cm. From the exhibition 30 Degrees,

curated by Brian Wallace (Red Gate Gallery, Beijing) and George Michell (Studio Rouge, Shanghai). 30 Degrees showcases 30 different works from 30 Chinese artists to celebrate 30 years

of China’s open door policy; at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, to 13 December:

30 Degrees will also be shown at ARTHK10, the Hong Kong Convention Centre, 27 to 30 May 2010.


3 Editorial 5 Out of Nowhere: Contemporary Cambodian Photography

ZHUANG WUBIN 9 String bags and starry skies: Aboriginal fibre art at QAG

DANIEL THOMAS 14 Ricky Swallow’s Memory-Sculptures

VERONICA TELLO 18 Remembrance of things past and waists lost – from Paris to Melbourne

Susan Spuner 22 John Mawurndjul: Art and Impact

JON ALTMAN 27 Apropos Appropriate Appropriations: After the Apologies

DAVID GARNEAU 30 Mandy Martin: Eco-worrying

ZSUZSANNA SOBOSLAY 34 Michelle Hiscock: Paintings

JAN JONES 36 John R. Walker: painting from the landscape

SASHA GRISHIN 39 Wamud Namok (L.B. Nadjamerrek AO) 1926–2009

PETER COOKE 40 Letter to editor 41 Ouija in Yogya

ASHLEY CRAWFORD 45 Double take: Conny Dietzschold international

MAURICE O’RIORDAN 48 Ainslie Murray’s Architecture of Thread and Gesture at The Japan Foundation

Amelia Grom 51 BOOKS: William McAloon (ed.) Art at Te Papa

JACQUI DURRANT John McDonald Art of Australia: Vol. 1, Exploration to Federation PATRICK HUTCHINGS Judy Watson & Louise Martin-Chew Judy Watson: Blood language LAURA FISHER Stuart Koop Crackle… Contemporary art from the middle of nowhere ANNE KIRKER 62 Artnotes 79 Opportunity knocks

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National Exhibitions Touring Support (Vic) (NETS) 44+51 National Gallery of Victoria 26 Newcastle Region Art Gallery 59 Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) 38 Red Gate Gallery Beijing 20 Sebastian Di Mauro 46 Sheahan Galleries 44 Shepparton Art Gallery 26 Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery 13 Tarrawarra Museum of Art 4 The Art Newspaper 47 Wagga Wagga Art Gallery 39 Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery 53 Womens Art Register 53 Wollongong City Gallery 13