Beyond the Opening is a public record of recent outstanding Australian and European exhibitions we attend. This record is an effort to share the experience of the art work, the  exhibition, and the space it inhabits. Enjoy!

Being in the Tate Modern is like being in a vast warehouse – which is exactly what it was. It is a shell of a gigantic repurposed industrial building. The prestigious status of the art gallery within society has been reimagined and replaced by a utilitarian space built...

Hidden within the narrow passageways of a medieval French village I sneak a peek at a formidable exhibition - before it opens to the public. This collection of retrospective works by Neil F Wyatt showcases humanity’s search for something bigger and more meaningful than...

Historical artworks can help to put context around contemporary art. To view a concise yet comprehensive collection of western art from the Renaissance to the turn of last century, make time to visit the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Displayed here are works by...

/ the shift from medium specificity [alternative title]

It is a rare treat to experience two series of works by the same artist in the same location. Mestrom’s exhibitions are a sophisticated investigation into art history, human civilisation and feminism using a range...

/ the relevance of still life paintings [alternative title]

A culmination of over 60 years investigating form, light in the landscape, and still life, this exhibition is a seamless development of Jackman’s oeuvre. The exquisite works she has produced here testify to her...

February 8, 2018

/ mutual benefit: business and art [alternative title] 

The video artwork starring an upside down pigeon displayed in ALPHA60’s shop window on Flinders Lane is an absolute delight. Amongst all the important bustle this gorgeous piece made complete sense and brought imme...

January 17, 2018

In a sea of grey buildings Kitching boldly tackles our cultural attitude towards the Australian bush. In this series he depicts the placement of the bush in our cultural psyche and it is distinctly separate from ourselves. Divided by a veranda, screen, awning, or fence...

Shrouded in minimalism the simplistic presentation of this work belies a sophisticated and deeply considered observation of the world we live in today. Luke explores our relationship to screens, observes the changing television unit in our home and reflects on our desi...

October 13, 2017

The contrast between Fred Williams and Mark Dober’s work is exhilarating. Fred finds beauty and rhythm in a drought stricken sunburnt country, whilst in the gallery next door Mark immerses us in a lush tangle of vegetative growth. These two exhibitions share many commo...

September 22, 2017

Reflecting 15 years of investigation into ‘the Australian experience’, this exhibition boldly reflects a question ruminated by contemporary Australia: who do we want to be? TextaQueen challenges colonial attitudes towards whiteness, exoticism, and multiculturalism, osc...

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