Excerpt of a story published in Art Collector, Jan-Mar 2015
Tomislav Nikolic insists his work doesn’t reproduce well. For him, painting is a three-dimensional object and photography only flattens it. For his last exhibition at Jensen’s Sydney gallery, he applied multiple layers of transparent colour washes to paper. “By applying dozens or even hundreds of coats of paint it builds up a density and a body of colour. When you’re looking at what looks to be one solid colour, you’re actually not looking at the surface, you’re looking through hundreds of layers of paint,” he explains. Only by looking at a work in the flesh can you get the experience of “how that colour and that pigment and that medium behaves,” he says.
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Sydney Contemporary closed on Sunday with record sales for an Australian art fair, generating over $14 million across five days. It blitzed fair organiser Tim Etchells’ hopes of a $10 million turnover, and also passed the high point set in 2008, before the global financial downturn shook the local contemporary art market, when the Melbourne Art Fair delivered $12.1 million in sales.
Full story in the Australian Financial Review, 17 September 2015.
A major feature for the culture section of the AFR’s weekend edition, looking at Sydney Contemporary and Spring 1883, and the growing importance of art fairs in the Australian art market.
Full story in the Australian Financial Review, Weekend Edition, 5-6 September 2015.
Ah, art collections to die for.
Full story in the Australian Financial Review, 6 August 2015.
In this five-page feature for Art Guide, I look at the old hierarchies between art, craft and design and the artists who are dismantling them – a process that’s taken longer in Australia than elsewhere. Full story in the July/August 2015 issue.