Melbourne's best art shows
The National Gallery of Victoria is bringing a world-first exhibition of works by MC Escher to Melbourne this summer.
Could dancing save the world? German artist Hito Steyerl uses a montage of dancing figures as symbols of how we live and what we’re turning into, before we experience the complete digitisation of our everyday lives.
Leave behind what you think you know and step into a world of trickery, illusion and conspiracy in this exhibition of brand-new works at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
There aren't many artists in the world with a style as immediately recognisable as Julian Opie. The British sculptor sketches people with the simplest of details – black lines and splashes of colour – capturing the mood and spirit of the world's metropolises.
Plenty of people dress up their pets in human clothes and take photographs of them to share with the world. But you wouldn't call those photos art, would you? American artist William Wegman is the exception to that rule.
If it weren't for Heide school artist Joy Hester, Patricia Piccinini might never have become an artist at all. She was in her third year of an economics degree at ANU when she took a class that included Hester's work.
If you're the type of person who likes to keep checking the time when you're watching a movie, American artist Christian Marclay's The Clock is perfect for you.
George Baldessin and Brett Whiteley were both born in 1939, achieved meteoric success in their respective cities of Melbourne and Sydney, and died tragically young. Yet the similarities don’t stop there.
Frida Kahlo's paintings are known all around the world, but her photography collection reveals even more about her life, her artistic process and the Mexico where she lived.
We all hear that we’re in the lucky country, but did you know the label was coined by historian Donald Horne, in his book of the same name? He says, “Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck.”
Looking to get outside the gallery?
Sure, street art covers almost every nook and cranny of our creative, colourful city, but there are more highly concentrated clusters than others. These are the street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping: the city's ten best street mural hotspots, in all their spray-painted laneway glory.