Juan Ford was commissioned by the Melbourne Jewish Museum to paint the portrait of the late Sir Isaac Isaacs, honouring his service as the country’s first, Australian-born Governor General. Appointed to the position in 1931, Sir Isaac Isaacs served as a politician in both state and federal government. The striking portrait was unveiled at Victorian Parliament House this week to coincide with the North Library taking his name. The portrait, on loan from the Jewish Museum, depicts Sir Isaac Isaacs in a bowler hat on the steps of Victorian parliament.
The group show, Composing Common Worlds, is on now at the Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn. Featuring Juan Ford, alongside Sam Leach, Cameron Robbins, Stanislava Pinchuk, Laura Woodward and Hanna Tai, the exhibition runs until 12 October and is curated by Kent Wilson.
Come to the NGV tonight 7:30pm, to hear Juan Ford give selected readings of 500 year old stories from Vasari’s ‘Lives of the Artists’. All part of the current winter masterpieces show.
Michael Peck has curated a show called ‘Side Project’ to open 26 June at the Academy of Design in Port Melbourne. Featuring work by Juan Ford, Natasha Bieniek, Bindi Cole, Reko Rennie and more, the show delves into the importance of experimentation for practising artists. On display for a month, it’s a great insight into which works influenced each artists’ trajectory.
Juan Ford and Victoria Reichelt are both included in The Medium is the Message, a new exhibition at La Trobe University Museum of Art opening Wednesday 30 April. Curated by Michael Brennan, the exhibition pulls together six artists who’s work reflects on the state and relevance of contemporary painting.
The exhibition includes Juan Ford, Victoria Reichelt, Chris Bond, Eolo Paul Bottaro, Sam Leach and Amanda Marburg.
Exhibition dates: 30 April – 27 June 2014
Victoria Reichelt, Harpers Bazaar, 2011, oil on linen, 85x55cm,
Juan Ford, Form Follows Friction, 2012, oil on linen, 107x92cm
We are very proud to announce Juan Ford’s major installation Lord of the Canopy (previously exhibited at LUMA) is opening this weekend at McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery.
Juan Ford and Yhonnie Scarce are both presenting major new installations as a part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s landmark exhibition Melbourne Now. This is the NGV’s largest and most ambitious exhibition with nearly 400 artists, architects, designers and creative practitioners participating.
Visit both venues to interact with Juan Ford’s installation at the NGV International, and discover Yhonnie Scarce’s dramatic new commission in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Galleries of NGV Australia.
Melbourne Now is open until 23 March 2014 and entry is free.
Juan Ford, You, Me and the Flock, 2013, wallpaper & vinyl stickers, dimensions variable
Juan Ford is presenting a major new work at Mildura Palimpsest #9, which opens to the public this week.
Mildura Palimpsest is a biennial visual arts event that invites artists to engage with the cultural and natural environment of the Mildura and Murray Darling region. Palimpsest #9 has commissioned 45 new artworks from Australian and international artists, and a symposium will be held to accompany the festival.
For more information please visit the Arts Mildura website
Mildura Palimpsest #9
4 – 7 October 2013
Juan Ford, Degenerator, 2013, oil on linen, 180 x 240cm
Incorporating an anamorphic possum ring and a large wall painting, visitors to the MAC Gallery can look to see what the ring reflects, and ponder Ford’s amalgam of rational and irrational references to ecology, subjugation of nature, absurdist metaphysics, and art history.
30 August – 7 October 2013
Official exhibition opening: Thursday 5 September, 7pm
Mildura Art Centre Regional Gallery
Juan Ford, Lord of the Canopy, 2012 installation at LaTrobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo
Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand’s international showcase for contemporary art presents exhibitions by a select contingent of New Zealand and Australia’s leading galleries and the opportunity to view and purchase works by the region’s most sought-after artists.
For ticketing and visitor information, click here.
If you’re in Auckland this week, pop in and see us at Booth 31!
Auckland Art Fair 2013
The Cloud, Queen’s Wharf, 99 Quay St, Auckland
Juan Ford, Backwoods Fantasia, 2013, oil on linen, 91 x 71cm