3 art shows to catch in Australia this month

A cultural weekend in the land Down Under.

A Shape of Thought
Art Gallery of New South Wales

One of Australia’s most inventive artists, Mikala Dwyer designs installation by reimagining materials that are familiar to us.  Most of his engaging sculptures explore ideas about shelter, childhood play, modernist design and the relationship between people and objects. In A Shape of Thought, Dwyer floats 150 silver balloons high above the gallery floor, installing an elaborate suspension of fabrics shapes held aloft by stockings and constructing a large circular sculptural gathering that includes crystal-like Perspex structures.

Art Gallery Road, Sydney. Until Feb 4. Daily, 10am-5pm. Wednesdays until 10pm for Art After Hours.


Life is the Heart of a Rainbow
Gallery of Modern Art

An international phenomenon, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has been beguiling audiences with her creations for more than 60 years. This exhibit focuses on her works since the 1950s, exploring her key motifs, engagement with the body and conception of space.

Stanley PI, South Brisbane QLD. Until Feb 11. Daily, 10am-5pm.


Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

With an aim to animate critical practices and debates within contemporary Australian art and society, this exhibit focuses on dynamic and social engagement of feminist artists through their paintings, performances, photography and films. The artists explore the current issues of gender identity and representation, intersectional politics and practices, text and media technologies as well as humour and critique.

111 Strut Street, Southbank, Melbourne. Until Mar 25. Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm.

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