Anthony Byrt

Water’s Edge

The 19th Biennale of Sydney

March 2014 SYDNEY

SYDNEY IS A BRISTLING harbor city that evolved as a haphazard solution to nineteenth-century economic questions—build fast and build close to the water, to get stuff, and people from all over the world, in and out as quickly as possible. … READ ON

DIARY

The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

June 2013

In the past decade, the Asia-Pacific region has had to cope with more than its share of natural disasters: The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the 2009 “Black Saturday” bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria, the February 2011 earthquake… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2013 [TOC]

. . . You’d Be Home by Now

The 5th Auckland Triennial

May 2013 AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

AUCKLAND IS A WEIRD PLACE. It’s routinely identified as one of the most “livable” cities in the world, but it’s also characterized by crippling urban sprawl and prohibitive housing costs. The morning Hou Hanru’s iteration of the … READ ON

DIARY

The 5th Auckland Triennial

May 2013

Curated by Hou Hanru The fifth edition of Auckland’s festival of contemporary art baits its audience with the title “If you were to live here . . .” and invites more than thirty artists and collectives—including Anri Sala, Allora and… READ ON

PREVIEWS

Ruth Buchanan

May 2013

In almost all of her recent work, Ruth Buchanan has examined the physical spaces of language: books and the buildings that house them. In her book The weather, a building, 2012, for example, she traced the movement of Berlin’s Staatsbibliothek—from… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2013 [TOC]

18th Biennale of Sydney

November 2012

Globalization and its consequences are standard biennial fare. What made the “18th Sydney Biennale: all our relations” different was its sheer optimism. Artistic directors Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster clearly wanted to give … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2012 [TOC]

“Prospect: New Zealand Art Now”

May 2012

Every few years, Wellington’s City Gallery stages “Prospect” in an attempt to take the pulse of contemporary New Zealand art. For the survey’s fourth incarnation, curator Kate Montgomery made a small but significant change was made … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2012 [TOC]

Mikala Dwyer

Mikala Dwyer discusses her current show

March 2012

In the past few years, work by the Sydney-based artist Mikala Dwyer has shifted away from its feminist, post-punk inclinations and toward a focus on the occult. Here, Dwyer discusses her two current exhibitions, “Panto Collapsar” at … READ ON

500 WORDS

“Old Genes: Artists Reading Len Lye”

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

February 2012

New Zealander Len Lye’s Jazz Age films and kinetic sculptures were formative accomplishments in international modernism. The preservation—and reactivation—of Lye’s global legacy has been placed in the safe hands of New Plymouth’s … READ ON

PICKS

Dane Mitchell

November 2011

In 2009, Dane Mitchell was the victim of a peculiarly vicious attack by the New Zealand press after his piece Collateral, which was made that year and used packaging material such as brown paper, blue plastic strapping, bubble wrap, brown … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2011 [TOC]