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Sydney Contemporary is Back!

ByJenevieve Kok
Sydney Contemporary is Back!

Gow Langsford, Sydney Contemporary 2019. Image courtesy of Sydney Contemporary, Photographer Credit Zan Wimberley.

Sydney Contemporary is back from 8-11 September 2022 with an ambitious four-day programme of curated exhibitions, large-scale installations, performance art, tours, and talks. Australia's premier art fair, in partnership with MA Financial Group, will be held at Carriageworks, the largest contemporary multi-arts centre in Australia. Over 90 leading galleries will be presenting the works by over 450 artists from around the globe. 

Hugo Michell Gallery, Sydney Contemporary 2017. Image courtesy of Sydney Contemporary, Photographer Credit Jacquie Manning.

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara, 2021 (AK22549), Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 200 x 250 cm. Courtesy of The Artist, Mimili Maku and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2022.

Defined by the vibrancy of its host city, Sydney Contemporary provides collectors, industry professionals and the art-loving public access to cutting-edge art from some of the world's most respected artists and galleries as well as the opportunity to discover new, emerging talent. Alongside the galleries are famed curated sectors AMPLIFY – the newly named and highly anticipated Installation Contemporary Program, Performance Contemporary as well as an ambitious program that includes engaging panel discussions, guided tours, educational workshops, and activities for kids.

Rhoda Tjitayi, Piltati Tjukurpa, 154-22AS, acrylic on linen, 243 x 198 cm. Courtesy of the artist and APY Art Collective.

An array of artworks aboriginal artists will be showcased by Australian galleries such as Mimili Maku, Alcaston Gallery, and APY Art Collective. Mimili Maku and Alcaston Gallery will be presenting works by Betty Kuntiwa Pumani and APY Art Collective will be showcasing paintings by Rhoda Tjitayi. 

Jonny Niesche, Cosmic powder (blush, blue ice, mystic mauve, meteoz) (detail), 2021, Voile, acrylic mirror, MDF, 170 x 170 x 18cm. Courtesy of the artist 1301SW, Melbourne and STARKWHITE, Auckland & Queenstown). 

Jonny Niesche will showcase his lightboxes in an exhibition presented by 1301SW and STARKWHITE galleries. Niesche's works cross an expanded field of painting, sculpture, and abstraction, where his vividly coloured work wraps the viewer in total sensory stimulation. The seductive, iridescent surfaces of his paintings hum and shimmer with pigment, a colour that seems to float slightly above the voile surface. 

Tom Polo, the difference is balance (you over me), 2022, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 213 x 198 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.

Leading commercial art gallery in Sydney Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery will be retuning with works by Tom Polo who uses painting and painted environments to explore how conversation, doubt and gesture are embodied acts of portraiture. Frequently incorporating text and figurative elements, his works draw upon acute observations, absurdist encounters, personal histories and imagined personas. An ongoing interest across his practice is the emotional and performative relationships between people within social, theatrical and psychological spaces.

Joan Ross, Let's party likes it's 1815, 2022, HD digital animation, length TBC, edition of 10 + 2 AP. Courtesy of the artist and N. Smith Gallery, Sydney.

N. Smith Gallery will be presenting new works by Joan Ross, including a new digital animation titled Let's party like it's 1815, new hand-painted prints, neon works, and a surprise or two. Since the late 1980s, Joan has exhibited across a range of mediums, from drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture to installation, video, and virtual reality. Her experimental works combine colonial iconography and landscape painting with collaged elements of Western commodity culture connected to land tenure and Aboriginal peoples' active presence on the land.

In 2022, Opening Night is presented by Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky. Glenfiddich will release rare new whisky at the Fair, serve inspired cocktails and create a special activation for the evening. In addition, the Fair will feature a new headline performance by leading contemporary artist Justene Williams and performances by WeiZen Ho and Rakini Devi. 

Sydney Contemporary 2019. Image courtesy of Sydney Contemporary, photo by Zan Wimberley.

On Friday Night Art Night (9 September), the Fair will present a curated programme of performances, talks, and music including a topical panel discussion on NFTs as part of Talk Contemporary. Performances by Salote Tawale and Alli Sebastian Wolf will feature and Sydney’s homegrown DJ Jonny Seymour will spin the decks.

The fair is billed as one of the most celebrated events on Australia's cultural calendar; an event not to be missed! 

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