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Art Beat | Every Art Show You Need To See In February

By Ioana Dragnef - 08 Feb 2019

There's no better way to escape a heatwave than by strolling through an air-conditioned gallery. So if you were looking for something artsy to do this month, you're in luck: we've done all the legwork and picked the most interesting art shows for you to see this February.

Sit back, relax, and let the scrolling begin.

CATARACT By Daniel von Sturmer | Anna Schwartz Gallery

In Daniel von Sturmer’s CATARACT, 81 small screens are presented as a singular object. The screens all play short videos of small-scale events: a flickering candle, a bouncing basketball, a melting ice cube. If separated, the videos wouldn’t be very noteworthy—however, when combined, these videos present a dynamic and intriguing array of moments that document everyday physical processes and occurrences. Not one to miss.

What: CATARACT by Daniel von Sturmer
When: 2 February to 23 March 2019
Where: Anna Schwartz Gallery, 185 Flinders Lane
For more info, click 
here.

Linden Art Prize 2019 Exhibition | Linden New Art

2019 marks the fourth Linden Art Prize, which is a contemporary art award was established to celebrate and nurture a new generation of artists who have recently completed postgraduate study. The exhibition presents the artworks of eight finalists, all which address a broad range of social, political, and personal histories and represent a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. You’ll definitely want to add this exhibition to the diary.

What: Linden Art Prize 2019 Exhibition
When: Saturday 23 February to Sunday 28 April 2019
Where: Linden New Art, 26 Acland St, St Kilda
For more info, click 
here.

Julian Opie | NGV

If you haven’t seen the Julian Opie exhibition at the NGV, you better act fast—the exhibition ends on Sunday, 17 February and it’s definitely a must-see. Opie is one of Britain’s most influential living artists and this exhibition presents a wide range of subjects, each distilling elements of the natural, urban and figurative world to their essence. Don’t miss it.

What: Julian Opie at the NGV
When: Until Sunday, 17 February
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road
For more info, click 
here.

Aboriginal Art Pop-Up Exhibition | DoubleTree Hilton

We’ll admit the DoubleTree is the last place you’d expect to see an interesting exhibition, but here we are. DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne has partnered with Hearth Galleries of Healesville to present a vibrant and insightful exhibition of large-scale paintings, featuring artists from the Central Australian Aboriginal communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi—it’s definitely worth a look.

What: Hearth Galleries of Healesville at DoubleTree Hilton
When: Until Sunday, 24 March
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne, 270 Flinders Street
For more info, click
here.

Ken Unsworth: Truly, Madly | NGV

Another one that’s going to disappear this February: Ken Unsworth’s Truly, Madly is on at the NGV until February 17, so if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? Unsworth’s dynamic and gravity-defying sculptural installations, featuring resin cast skeletons, grand pianos and saw blades will only be gracing the NGV’s foyer for a few more days, so get to it.

What: Ken Unsworth: Truly, Madly at the NGV
When: Until Sunday, 17 February
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road
For more info, click
here.

The Garden of Forking Paths: Mira Gojak and Takehito Koganezawa | Buxton Contemporary

This exhibition traces two very different timeframes, durations and approaches to making. Australian artist Mira Gojak presents new work alongside drawings, sculptures, installations and photographs spanning more than twenty years, while the practice of her Japanese counterpart Takehito Koganezawa is represented by performative video drawings and new improvisational works together with a sampling of earlier works on paper. The exhibition runs until 17 February—blink and you’ll miss it.

What: The Garden of Forking Paths: Mira Gojak and Takehito Koganezawa
When: Until Sunday, 17 February
Where: Buxton Contemporary, Dodds St &, Southbank Blvd, Southbank
For more info, click 
here.

Mirka Mora: Pas De Deux—Drawings and Dolls | Heide Museum Of Modern Art

Mirka Mora has long captured the public imagination with her distinctive art and inimitable personality. Commemorating her extraordinary life and career, this exhibition brings together some of the artist’s most personal work: drawings and soft-sculpture dolls from her home and studio where she kept them close for many decades. Hybrid fairy tale characters, folk art, surrealism vivid daydreams—it’s an interesting one.

What: Mirka Mora: Pas de Deux at Heide Museum of Modern Art
When: Until Sunday, 24 March
Where: Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen
For more info, click 
here.

Christian Marclay: The Clock | ACMI

The Clock is a 24-hour video installation created from thousands of clips of clocks, watches and other references to time from film and television. These clips are edited together and synced to the present moment in one mesmerising collage that results in an epic journey through cinematic history. Plus, it’s an actual, functional timepiece—impressive.

What: Christian Marclay: The Clock
When: Until 10 March 2019
Where: ACMI, Fed Square
For more info, click 
here.

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