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Visual Art: Five Decades

15-16 July 2017
Katie Milton

This exhibition traces the five-decade career of established Australian artist Robert Boynes and the evolution of his visual and conceptual style, from his vibrant neo-pop paintings of the 1960s to the multi-layered screen prints made in the '90s. ...more

On the stage of his canvas: Robert Boynes's 'Modern Times' at the Drill Hall Gallery

Art Monthly Australasia
13 July 2017
Patsy Payne

In his paintings, Robert Boynes delves underneath the surface of the city, dissolving narratives, blurring edges, creating incandescent figures from the excised fragments captured in the frame of his camera. He conjures the metropolis as a complex set of spaces and structures where individuals work and live together, inhabiting streets and offices, negotiating interwoven infrastructures of transport and communication which operate diagonally, horizontally, vertically and virtually. The complex hive-like nature of the city brings individuals together and also separates them. ...more

Robert Boynes: Five Decades of Painting

Art Guide Australia
13 July 2017
Tiarney Miekus

Viewing Robert Boynes's paintings from the last five decades is like watching the joys and plagues of Western culture appear before our very eyes. Among the artist's many engagements, there are concerns with technology, pleasure, modernism, urban alienation, imperialism, capitalism and the environment. Simply put, itís the stuff of modern life. In acknowledgement of such a vast array of work, MAY SPACE is currently surveying a collection of the artist's paintings from the last fifty years. ...more

Robert Boynes: Five Decades

Art Collector
July-September 2017
Jane O'Neill

The bustling streets of New York, Chicago and Sydney provide rich source material for Robert Boynes, who approaches cities as both beguiling and problematic. Through his lens, we apprehend cities as sites of profound alienation or places on the brink of environmental collapse. In the recent paintings Infinite red and To whom it may concern the artist draws attention to the dark layers of bureaucracy that impede the liberation of displaced peoples. ...more

Modern Times

The Canberra Times
1 July 2017
Sasha Grishin

Robert Boynes came to Canberra from Adelaide about 40 years ago to take up the position as the inaugural head of the Painting Workshop at the newly established Canberra School of Art. It was a position that he held until his retirement in 2006.

This exhibition focuses on his paintings from the past two decades and I have never seen an exhibition of his work look so good. Boynes has always been a socially engaged artist, a commentator on life and society. In Adelaide, he had built up a reputation for making hard-hitting political graphics, mainly screenprints aimed at attacking capitalism and imperialism. On coming to Canberra, he worked on images of social displacement and urban alienation, creating strangely ambiguous images of victims discarded on the fringes of society - people sleeping rough with heads frequently covered with newspapers. ...more

Review / Ghostly images in 'Modern Times'

Canberra CityNews
25 June 2017
Rob Kennedy

The artworks of Robert Boynes in his exhibition, "Modern Times", lean strongly towards the graphic. They are filled with ghostly images of humans in what could be a post-apocalyptic world.

These screen-printed paintings offer a feeling of people who might be surviving through a nuclear winter or a great disaster. Though the artworks have nothing to do with that, there is a profound sense of quiet desperation and disbelief going on in many images. ...more

Drawing on greats who went before

Western Advocate
24 June 2017
Laura Van Uum

THE sweet sounds of a cello playing can be heard throughout the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery at the moment as the sound track to Todd Fullerís hand-drawn animation entitled Icarus of the Hill. ...more

Robert Boynes: Modern Times

Exhibition Catalogue
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Exhibition catalogue for Robert Boynes's survey exhibition, "Robert Boynes: Modern Times".

Softcover, 52pp, illustrated
ISBN: 978-0-9954258-2-8
20 x 24cm

Interview by Terence Maloon. ...more

Funding cuts to the gallery would lack wisdom: artist

The Daily Examiner
8 June 2017
Todd Fuller

SYDNEY artist and curator Todd Fuller, who has visited the Grafton Regional Gallery many times to exhibit and work with local artists.

Ahead of today's public meeting to protest against possible funding cuts for the gallery, he has written a passionate open letter championing the role of the gallery in the region and as an ambassador for the Clarence Valley. ...more

The Quarterly 3.3

May 2017

Exhibition information and news for the third quarter - June - September 2017 - at MAY SPACE. ...more

Nicole Welch: Wildēornes Land

6 May 2017
Chloť Wolifson

At the heart of Nicole Welch's exhibition Wildēornes Land at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is the work Wildēornes Body, a work the artist initially created as a standalone exhibit in the Kandos Museum for Cementa17. In Wildēornes Body the artist lies on a mirror wrapped in a mourning shawl, filmed in time-lapse as a pose of endurance. The work, created during a residency at BigCi artist residency near the Wollemi National Park, is the most personal work in the exhibition, using the artist's reflections on her experience of suffering from lupus, the autoimmune disease, to mirror breakdowns in the external landscape in mourning for losses affecting both inner and outer worlds. ...more

Off Grid

Art Almanac
May 2017
Chloe Mandryk

Structure, division, repetition and algorithms help us to navigate the everyday, organise ourselves, are key to appreciating the rhythms and patterns of the natural world and, as Rosalind Krauss argued in her seminal essay 'Grid' (1985) represent modernity in Western art history. With such conceptual and aesthetic meaning in mind Al Munro's practice and curatorial interest has developed as have her contemporaries, artists Emma Beer, Sally Blake, Julie Brooke, Kirsten Farrell, Jay Kochel and Wendy Teakel all on show in 'Off Grid'. ...more


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