Even if the name doesn’t instantly inspire excitement, you’ve no doubt encountered the work of Edgar Degas. The French painter, who lived from 1834 to 1917, is best known for his kinetic, beautifully composed paintings of ballerinas: paintings like ‘The Arabesque’ (1877) and ‘Rehearsal Hall at the Opera, Rue Le Peletier’ (1872) are among the most recognisable paintings from the 19th century.
These works, along with more than 200 others, will make their way to Melbourne in June 2016 for the NGV’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Degas: A New Vision. In collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the NGV has gathered works by Degas from 41 cities in 13 different countries all over the world, making this the most complex Winter Masterpieces ever. If this wasn’t a big enough coup for the NGV, the exhibition was curated by renowned Degas expert, Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre.
Degas: A New Vision will present the artist’s work thematically, exploring Degas’ preferred subjects: ballet scenes, horse-racing, the nude, women at work and leisure and Parisian nightlife.… Read more
The Arts Centre Melbourne is putting the call out for 300 volunteers to help set up their Dominoes installation art project, in which a chain of giant dominoes will tumble in a two-kilometre stretch across Melbourne on Saturday, February 6. The eye-catching stunt by internationally renowned performance company Station House Opera will see more than 7000 dominoes snake in and out of buildings, over and under bridges and along laneways and promenades in the city, linking the city’s diverse areas in a very literal demonstration of cause-and-effect.
Volunteers are needed to help place the row of dominoes (really lightweight concrete breezeblocks) across Melbourne, and also guard said row from the hundreds of jokers who will no doubt try to sneakily give it a nudge.
First created as a celebration linking five London boroughs, Dominoes has since been performed in more than 10 European cities, including Copenhagen, Marseille, Helsinki and Ljubljana. February’s performance will mark the first time it has been presented outside of Europe.… Read more
Time Out commissioned Beastman to create the mural inspired by the company mission statement: ‘promoting those who drive positive cultural change; to inspire readers to lead a richer life, to know their city, and to have more fun.’ The artwork deploys simplified organic shapes: raindrops, triangular grids, leaves, eyes, pipes and rays.
“Everything that mission statement is about is what I’m about,” says Brad Eastman, better known as Beastman. “I’m about cultural change, I’m on a constant mission to evolve my artwork… There are futuristic themes of what nature could become. My paintings are about the future.”
Continuing the Birdland tradition, Melbourne will soon play host to its sister club, Blue Basement – a gutsy 200 seater that will run in line with the Birdland model of two dinner shows per evening and share international and local jazz talent with its dead-cool older sibling.
While the closing of Bennett’s Lane left a bloody great hole in Melbourne’s jazz scene, Blue Basement promises to make up for its absence and then some. “Bennet’s Lane was a small club where people came on admission basis to stand or sit and have a little drink if they wanted to,” says Albert Dadon, Melbourne jazz scene stalwart and Blue Basement’s proud owner. “Blue Basement is not the same, though – it follows the Birdland model where people come and have dinner and have a restaurant experience, and at the same time enjoy sublime music. That doesn’t exist in Melbourne.”
Since its inception in 1997, the biennial Big West Festival has gained a reputation for championing surprising, incendiary and innovative works that speak to the concerns and everyday lives of the multicultural communities of the Inner West. This year, artistic director Marcia Ferguson has outdone herself with a program of nearly 70 events spanning visual art, theatre, dance, music and film over nine days.
At the heart of the festival is House: quite literally, a house designed by local architects and built by university students, located right in the centre of Footscray (cnr Paisley & French Sts). The building acts as a prototype for social housing of the future, and during the festival, will become a theatre, gallery and meeting place. Housing – in relation to its affordability, availability or lack of safety within – is a common thread for Inner West communities, and will became a major theme for many of the pieces.… Read more