tolarno galleries



29 July to 17 September 2012

5th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennali 2012

Australia House, Echigo-Tsumari, Japan

Brook Andrew
mountain home – dhirrayn ngurang 2012
Neon, glass, mirror and wood, dimensions variable
Permanent installation at Australia House, Urada, Japan
Commissioned for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennali 2012

Read a review of architect Andrew Burn’s new Australia House and Brook Andrew’s installation mountain home – dhirrayn ngurang here







26 May –  22 July 2012


The Gippsland Art Gallery
Sale, Victoria

Horizon, curated by Simon Gregg, draws together new and recent works by prominent Melbourne artist Andrew Browne, representing a twelve-year survey of his practice.  The exhibition is a response to Browne’s major work Horizon in the Gippsland Art Gallery collection, and explores his recurring themes of travel, transition, and the natural and built environments.

View online catalogue here





10 March – 12 August 2012

National Gallery of Victoria
NGV International
Robert Raynor Gallery – Level 3

Encompassing more than 70 works drawn predominantly from the NGV Collection, this exhibition examines the development of Brent Harris’s unique vision over a career of more than twenty years,  exploring the ways that he has continually transformed his approach to image-making from his earliest prints and drawings to his most recent paintings.

Read more about the exhibition here



24 February – 28 May 2012

Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination  is an exhibition of photographs, paintings, videos, sculptures and installations by contemporary artists who invent humanlike, animal or hybrid creatures to symbolize life’s mysteries, desires and fears.

Patricia Piccinini’s The Long Awaited (pictured right) is included, alongside works by David Altmejd, Suzanne Anker, Aziz + Cucher, the Chapman Brothers, Marcel Dzama, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Motohiko Odani, Tom Sachs, Allison Schulnik, Kiki Smith, Cindy Sherman and Yinka Shonibare.




26 February – 24 April 2011
Your Move: Australian artists play chess

UQ Art Museum
The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane
A Bendigo Art Gallery Travelling Exhibition

Inspired by the international exhibition The Art of Chess, Bendigo Art Gallery commissioned thirteen of Australia’s leading artists to respond to the notion of the game of chess.

Your Move: Australian Artists Play Chess curated by Tracey Cooper-Lavery and Tansy Curtin, includes Benjamin Armstrong’s A turn of concentration 2010 and Caroline Rothwell’s Chess 2010 along with work from eleven of Australia’s leading contemporary artists.



Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2011


Tim Johnson is the winner of the $50,000 Arthur Guy Paintung Prize. Selected from a shortlist of 37 artists, Johnson’s winning work, Community Base depicts western desert artists living, creating artworks and being in community.

Tim Johnson describes the painting as showing ‘Western Desert artists such as Clifford Possum and Charlie Tarawa at camp sites with their paintings at Papunya and Kintore. The painting is an acknowledgement of them and their place in art. It puts forward a model of what art can be; a community based model where art is created about a community, by the people who live there. It is presenting ideas and imagery that come from real events and artists who became important in Australian art yet lived in remote communities. Because of my background in conceptual art I am influenced by what these artists have done, and have tried to take on board some of their ideas. I believe they show a way of reaching out beyond your own environment.’



18 December 2010 – 26 April 2011

21st Century: Art in the First Decade


Queensland Art Gallery

Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane


Over summer 2010-11 the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery presents 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, an ambitious and ground-breaking exhibition that will occupy the entire Gallery of Modern Art and focus exclusively on works created between 2000 and 2010. Showcasing more than 200 works, and featuring over 140 artists and artist collaborative groups – senior, mid-career and emerging – from more than 40 countries, included a new work commissioned by GOMA by Brook Andrew,  Bill Henson and Anastasia Klose’s Film for My Nanna .