Emerging artists and contemporary debates in Australian art (2005-2009)

The Invisible Inc
Runway; Frieze; Art & Australia., 2005, Issue 7, pp. 16 - 19
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Critical writing on the Australian arts is notoriously constrained by the limited number of publishing outlets and the small size of the arts community. These two factors, products of a latter-day tyranny of distance, tend to limit criticism to reactionary pieces in the mainstream press (see John McDonald's work in the Sydney Morning Herald) and sycophantic commentary in alternative publications (Realtime Arts). From 2005, I began writing about the work of emerging artists and curators in Australia, weighting publication towards international publications. By presenting such texts in highly visible international magazines, the intent was to avoid presenting Australian cultural debates as wholly parochial concerns. This rationale applied both when discussing the emerging artists group show 'Primavera' at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art in Frieze and when responding to the controversy surrounding Bill Henson in 2008. The earliest text in this collection is 'The Supermarket in Contemporary Art' (2005), reviewing the projects of a co-operative of explicitly local Sydney artists. The last dates from 2009 and brings the project full circle, again discussing a local counter-culture collective centered around Duke Magazine.
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