previews

  • “High Tide: New Currents in Art from Australia and New Zealand”

    Zachęta National Gallery of Art
    Pl. Małachowskiego 3
    February 17–April 9, 2006

    Curated by Magda Kardasz and Simon Rees

    “High Tide” deposits the work of thirty-six Australian and New Zealand artists on the very distant shores of Warsaw and Vilnius. Organized by the Zacheta’s Magda Kardasz and expat New Zealander Simon Rees (now curator at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius), this binational survey features an even spread of early- to midcareer artists mining three thematic categories: indigeneity and local mythology, suburbanism (the human hatchery is a recurrent concern in art from the region), and a placeless internationalism. No longer far-flung colonial subjects—though the legacy lives on—these Western, South Pacific islanders will greet their Eastern European hosts as rising compatriots in art’s now-rhizomatic community.

    Travels to the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, June 2–Aug. 13.