BEAUTIFUL THINGS – On show now

18 January 2024

Nanda\Hobbs is proud to present our Summer Exhibition, and the first show of 2024, “Beautiful Things”. Far from conventional, this exhibition is testament to the nuanced complexities inherent in the diverse voices of contemporary art. The titular concept challenges viewers to perceive beauty not as a static construct, but as a dynamic, ever-evolving dialogue between artist and subject.

Here, the provocative strokes of Adam Cullen converse with the meditative softness of Hubert Pareroultja’s landscapes. Jun Chen’s energetic flora engages in visual discourse with Suzanne Archer’s environmental reflections, diverging from what we might immediately consider “beautiful”. James Powditch’s use of recycled materials, rusted from age and use, calls into question aesthetic standards of beauty. The works, expertly selected, weave together disparate threads of style, medium, and intention—an inquiry into the ways artists navigate and subvert established notions of beauty.

“Beautiful Things” is an homage to the perpetual quest for meaning and aesthetic significance in art. This is not a proclamation of absolute truths, but an invitation to join an ongoing discourse where beauty emerges as a subjective negotiation between artist and observer. Patrons are not merely spectators but active contributors to the age-old questions: How do we define what is beautiful? How does the artist challenge beauty as an aesthetic discipline?

Carefully selected secondary market and blue-chip works establish a fluid narrative, bridging the traditional and the contemporary. We are encouraged not just to witness, but to unravel the intricate threads that connect us to these beautiful things, in a way that is both complex and unapologetic. 

Anthea Mentzalis
January, 2024

Exhibiting Artists:

Rick AMOR, Suzanne ARCHER, Nicholas BLOWERS, Peter BOOTH, Jun CHEN, Adam CULLEN, James DRINKWATER, Dianne GALL, Katherine HATTAM, Aaron KINNANE, Sam LEACH, Robert MALHERBE, Lin ONUS, Hubert PAREROULTJA, James POWDITCH, Bill Whiskey TJAPALTJARRI

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Media

Are these contemporary artists the future of the market? AFR, 22 May, 2024

22 May 2024

by Elizabeth Fortescue 

 

 

 

[Leonard Joel's annual sale] Centum is important because the artworks are often by less established and younger artists with the potential to have market “longevity”. In other words, Leonard Joel believes these artists could help form the bedrock of the art market in future. 

 

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Art critic Sebastian Smee on the art of Matt Coyle

21 May 2024

Matt Coyle has long been one of Australia’s most original and captivating artists. The work he has been making over the past five-to-ten years convinces me that he is in the midst of a major breakthrough. 

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NICHOLAS BLOWERS WINS THE 2024 GLOVER PRIZE FOR LANDSCAPE PAINTING

11 March 2024

Congratulations to Nicholas Blowers, winner of the 2024 Glover Prize, one of Australia's most prestigious art prizes.

 

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