'a ground-breaking exhibition that challenges, intrigues and excites’ 
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'this rare and inspiring exhibition could hardly help but elicit wonder’altmedia

'the artist is a magician … nothing short of extraordinary … this is a staggering exhibition by a major artist’ concrete playground

See the first major exhibition in Australia by celebrated artist Anish Kapoor this summer as part of the Sydney International Art Series.

Kapoor has created some of the world’s most ambitious and recognisable contemporary artworks, including, Orbit (2012), a 115-metre-high tower created for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Leviathan (2011) for the Grand Palais in Paris, Cloud Gate (2004) in Millennium Park, Chicago, Sky Mirror (2006) for the Rockefeller Centre in New York and Marsyas (2002) for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.

In this selection of key works across two floors of the Museum, you can encounter Kapoor’s powerful artworks up close and in-depth. Highlights include 1000 Names (1979-80), his early powdered pigment geometric sculptures; Void (1989), a large deep blue sculpture that changes from a convex to a concave form depending on your position; one of the artist’s most ambitious works, the 24-ton Memory (2008) which completely fills one of the MCA’s spacious galleries as if squeezed between the white walls; and the monumental My Red Homeland (2003), which replicates the role of the artist. In this enormous circular sculpture, a large motorised steel blade slowly cuts a course through 25 tons of red wax, endlessly dissecting and re-shaping it into new forms.

Influenced by both his Indian heritage and western philosophy, in particular metaphysics, Kapoor’s artworks seek to understand what it is to be human. Explore Kapoor’s interest in the relationship between the contrasting forces of light and dark and see how he uses colour, form, size and medium to challenge perception, developing immersive and sometimes unsettling experiences.

Discover how Kapoor’s continual experimentation with structure and medium has led him to work with a wide variety of materials from clay, fibreglass and paint pigment, to steel and wax, creating beautiful, strange and intriguing works that counter conventional ideas of art.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see these impressive works by one of the world’s leading artists, in Sydney for a limited time.Tickets on sale now

General Admission
$20 Adults
$15 Concessions
$50 Family
Children under 12 and MCA Members FREE
Last Entry 4.15pm (8.15pm Thursdays)

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Add Morning Coffee & Cake
Relax in the MCA Cafe over morning coffee and cake available at a special price when you purchase online in advance with your exhibition ticket.

Take home a lasting memory of your visit 
Phaidon’s Anish Kapoor, a beautiful hard-cover volume featuring hundreds of full-colour images, is available at a 10% discount when you purchase online in advance with your exhibition ticket.

Sydney International Art Pass
See both Anish Kapoor and Francis Bacon this summer and save 20% when you book online in advance with Ticketek.

Travel Packages
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MCA Members enjoy unlimited free entry to all MCA exhibitions as well as a host of other benefits. Learn more about MCA Membership and join today to see Anish Kapoor for free.

Fee Exhibition ePublication
To hear from Anish Kapoor and MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, and to see behind-the-scenes in the Kapoor studio, download the free iPad-specific app MCA Publications from the iTunes app store. This app hosts the MCA’s digital publications, beginning with the exhibition catalogue Anish Kapoor


The Birthday Girl .. by Berns

thank you for all yoru submissions following my request. I apologise for not answering sooner as I was not receiving notifications. The situation has now been rectified and I should be able to recieve email notification with each submission. xxoo
Gibbs, May (1877 - 1969)(born 17 January 1877, died on 27 November 1969)

Artist and author, the daughter of H. W. Gibbs of Perth, WA, and Surrey, England. She was about four when she arrived in Western Australia with her parents in 1879. She was educated at the Church of England Grammar School, Perth, and later studied at art and technical schools in England.

The Gumnut Babies, her first book about Australian bush fairies, was published in 1916 in Sydney. Apart from the famous Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (1918), her publications include Flower Babies, Wattleblossom Babies, and other Gumnut fairytale books. Her "Bib and Bub" comic strip series ran for years in Sydney newspapers.

Her deep love and understanding of the Australian bush was portrayed by her animated images in conflict with fellow bush creatures and the environment. A retiring personality who shunned publicity, May Gibbs, through her books, aimed to engender in children her own love of nature. She was appointed MBE for her services to Australian literature, and the Commonwealth Literary Fund awarded her a pension. She married B. J. Ossoli Kelly. Childless, she willed her house and contents to be auctioned for the benefit of UNICEF


Dear friends..please take the time to enjoy this month's edition of the Palette. You may have noticed that this edition is pared down in comparison to previous editions. This is due to lack of submissions or lack of permission to use content. At this stage, unless other people give their permission to use their work, this edition may well be the final edition. Just a reminder that only low resolution images are used in The Palette and that all images are linked back to your personal website and acknowledged. This is just a way to get your work out there and more visible in other forms. I am running this site in my own time and I am not getting any advertising or monetary benefits. I am happy to continue this journal for the sake of the community but in order for me to be able to continue to do so, I do need your help. 

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All that aside and without further ado, here is the link to edition 5

ALBENA is a young French artist of Bulgarian origin who advances in a spectacular way. Her painting is the heiress of various traditions, including that of masters of the icon. Using different oriental sources, in particular India and Persia, she has created a world of troubling fairy, which exercises a true fascination over the eye, so much her glowing colors create magic. Tender, loving, her characters live in a world of peace, harmony and mutual consolation. Let us not forget that poetry was her first passion. ALBENA lives in the parallel universe of tales, of big universal legends, of invincible childhood and enjoys an outstanding sensibility. The ease and the elegance she has acquired allow her to express a wide range of feelings. Spiritual and sensual, she is undoubtedly only at the dawn of more than a promising journey. We have here an authentic talent, especially considering her recent admission into the sphere of painting. 

Find Albena here

ART MONACO'10 international art fair 
ART SHANGHAI 2010 international art fair 

Behida Dolić was  raised by a community of crafters, kilim makers, and furniture builders in her small northern Bosnian village, but she found her passion in millinery. After studying at the San Francisco Art Institute, she landed in Hudson, New York , where she opened her own brick-and-mortar hat shop.
video and story originally by Dan Estabrook is an award-winning art photographer and sometime filmmaker who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 
Think your old rusty bicycles belong in the dumpster? Think again. Yes, that old bike can indeed be reincarnated if it falls in the right hands. Carolina Fontoura Alzaga's hands to be exact. Alzaga transforms bicycle chains into beautifully rustic looking chandeliers. Her passion is repurposing castoff materials, and she does it well.

Since medieval times, chandeliers have been used as elaborate decorations associated with wealth and power. Alzaga shatters this concept with her warm and elegant designs. Using aspects of her cultural past from Mexico, Brazil, and the U.S., she is able to create unique and appealing artwork. She aims to combine the idea of discarded and forgotten items with the power and influence associated with chandeliers. Using her creativity and visions of a healthier planet, she gives 'trash' a second chance.

Below is a video that describes Alzaga's mission to preserve our world. You can order your own chandelier here. Alzaga handcrafts each one upon order.

article originally posted January 8, 2013 by Bryanna Murphy

Ethereal I by Trish Woodford



31.01.2013 to 23.02.2013

365 attempts to meditate began as a year long challenge to maintain a meditation practice. After ten years of failure, I thought I could finally succeed at this awareness exercise by aligning my commitment to art practice with my lack of commitment to meditation. The balloon was employed tactically to locate the breath and to bring a sculptural and performative component to the act. At the outset the project stipulated an instruction –“meditate everyday”. By repeating the demanding ritual of meditation, an artwork could slowly develop, day-by-day, month-by-month. A serial practice ensued for the full calendar year of 2011. All went well in the first few weeks – I really did meditate. However, it wasn’t long before genuine meditation ceased and questions concerning the artwork took precedence. There were also days when I didn’t ‘meditate’. The blank images speak for the failed days when there was no time to breathe and thus no time to make anything – no time to make art. Stopping and disrupting whatever I was doing routinely a minute earlier, setting up the camera, picking a balloon, sitting in a chair, exhaling and inhaling constituted a performative intervention into everyday life. This interruption of everyday life became a method not for meditating but for making something. In retrospect, the project should be titled 365 attempts to make art and not 365 attempts to meditate

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