un Retrospective was un Projects’ contribution to Melbourne Now, the National Galley of Victoria’s massive exhibition celebrating the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice, which ran in late 2013 and early 2014.
un Retrospective was a selective history of artists, writers and art practice in Melbourne since 2004 as featured in the back-catalogue of un Magazine. Taking inspiration and drawing content from past issues of the magazine, un Retrospective presented pieces from the recent history of Melbourne art. Alongside the artworks, the correlating text – whether original essay, review, or interview – was pulled from the pages of un Magazine and presented alongside the featured artwork highlighting the relationships between criticism and practice, writers and artists, that have been fostered in the publication. With un Retrospective, un Projects celebrated ten years of contemporary art in Melbourne and ten years of un Magazine, while providing a point of historical context within the newness of Melbourne Now.
Curators Rosemary Forde, Brad Haylock and Phip Murray for un Projects.
Artists A Constructed World, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Dudespace, ffiXXed, Tony Garifalakis, Sam George and Lisa Radford, Nathan Gray, Matt Griffin, Hao Guo, Irene Hanenbergh, Bianca Hester, Helen Johnson, James Lynch, Nicholas Mangan, Andrew McQualter, Projekt video archive, Kati Rule, Charlie Sofo, Masato Takasaka, The Narrows, Oliver van der Lugt, Alex Vivian, Lyndal Walker, + Wrongsolo.
Writers Fiona Bate, Amelia Barikin, Damiano Bertoli, Fayen d’Evie, Charlotte Hallows, Lily Hibberd, Helen Hughes, Helen Johnson, Jeff Khan, Danny Lacy, Ben Laden, Spiros Panigirakis, Olivia Poloni, Lisa Radford, Jarrod Rawlins, Michael Sanchez, Nicholas Selenitsch, Patrice Sharkey, Masato Takasaka, Nic Tammens, Nella Themelios, + others.
Melbourne Now At the National Gallery of Victoria 22 November 2013 to 23 March 2014
VIEW a video of un Projects’ Chair Phip Murray talking about our involvement in Melbourne Now.
In the lead-up to Melbourne Now un Projects published a post on the NGV Blog that gives some context and insight into our contribution to the exhibition. Here is an extract:
“To bring something of the community and energy around un Magazine into the exhibition space for Melbourne Now, we looked to the back issues of the magazine. Ten years of documenting and discussing contemporary art in Melbourne has created quite an archive to draw upon for a curatorial project. Taking inspiration and drawing content from the pages of the magazine, for Melbourne Now we will present un Retrospective – a selective history of art and writing in Melbourne since 2004. By exhibiting artworks that have featured in the magazine alongside the original correlating pages of review, essay or interview, un Retrospective will highlight the relationships between criticism and practice, writers and artists, that have been fostered in the publication. Melbourne Now comes at a good time to celebrate all the artists, writers, curators, galleries and artworks that have been documented and discussed in un Magazine.”
Top Image: un Retrospective at NGV Australia. Photo by Matthew Stanton.