The must see art exhibitions and events for early March 2015 are:
Mitch Cairns 'Finches' Until 14 Mar 2015 @
The Commercial Gallery Painting ~ Cubism ~ Minimalism 'Finches' funnily enough does feature a bird, a seagull. But the colour palette of this exhibition is a cool change from previous shows. Artist Mitch Cairns graduated from National Art School with Honours and has exhibited in numerous shows.
Alchemy-pop Fri – Sun only until 15 Mar 2015
@ Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills Australian Artist ~ Artist Studio ~ Painting ~ Drawing ~ Sculpture ~ Graphics Brett Whiteley’s studio is worth a visit, and even more so during this exhibition. It features his most ambitious attempt at portraiture, the 18-panelled work titled Alchemy, 1972–73, and pays homage to Whitley's works on poet Arthur Rimbaud and artists Francis Bacon and Vincent van Gogh.
Chuck Close made use of left over paper pulp in a work dedicated to his daughter - Chuck Close, Georgia, 1972. Collage, paper pulp.
Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration (Sydney International Art Series)
Until 15 Mar 2015 @
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia**
Never heard of Chuck Close? Fair enough. To bring you up to speed, he is a remarkable almost 75 year old New York based artist who has become a master print maker and painter, while suffering paralysis to the majority of his body since 1988. He was born with "face blindness" (prosopagnosia), a cognitive disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, while other aspects of visual processing (e.g., object discrimination) and intellectual functioning (e.g., decision making) remain intact, which drives his artistic practice. His patience has led him to collaboratively produce works that push the boundaries of his mediums, tackling everything from mezzotints to tapestries.