Diego Rivera once famously said “I’ve never believed in God, but I believe in Picasso.” Anyone who has ever stood in front of Picasso’s extraordinary work “The Guernica” will be able to relate to Rivera’s sentiment: being in the presence of great art can provide the feeling of awe that is often spoken about in relation to religious experiences. Here is a list of some of the exhibitions happening around Australia. Go be in the presence of great art…

QUEENSLAND
Who LAURA BROWN
What Laura Brown is an emerging artist and her exhibition “Viscous” is a collection of highly detailed works that draws the viewer in by its sheer intricacy – requiring a step closer, to almost breathe the works in to truly experience them.
When Opens Thursday, October 27 6:30pm – 9:30pm and runs til 27th of November 2011
Where Blonde Venus 707 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD
Art Exhibitions & Shows Coming Soon

Who ONE x ONE x ONE
What Three Sixty Project was birthed from the concept of ‘one for one’ – for every skateboard they sell through the website , we send one overseas (or within Australia) in support of Skate Programs developed to work with youth in that specific area. One x One x One is the inaugural traveling exhibition of the works on skate decks. The art on every deck we sell has been donated by the artist or designer.
When Opens Friday 28 October 2011, 7 – 10pm
Where 19 Karen gallery 19 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast QLD

Who JULIAN MEAGHER
What Notions of acquired and inherent masculinity are constantly being played out in Julian Meagher’s work and the paintings in this exhibition are no exception. Staying loyal to his attraction to surface imagery and ongoing narrative, Meagher presents his subjects removed from their diverse and complex histories, and amasses these specimens as isolated entities for our contemplation.
When Drinks with the artist Friday 28 October 2011 6-8pm til 5 Nov 2011
Where Edwina Corlette Gallery 555 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD
Art Exhibitions & Shows Coming Soon

NEW SOUTH WALES
Who LITTLE GONZALES
What “Pop” is an apt title for this collection of works from Sydney artist Little Gonzales AKA Dan Gray. Comprising a mix of digital and hand drawn illustration these crazy-colourful works of his favourite pop artists – from Morrissey to Madonna to Kanye West – the strong images really do ‘pop’ off the page. Little Gonzales is selling prints too (at a great price) so keep in mind that Christmas is just around the corner.
When Runs through till Saturday 5 November 2011
Where Mart Gallery – 3156 Commonwealth Street Surry Hills NSW
Art Exhibitions & Shows Coming Soon

Who LUKE TAAFFE & RYAN HEYWOOD
What ‘Surf City’ is an exhibition of collaborations by artist Luke Taaffe and photographer Ryan Heywood. Navigating omnipotent seascapes and psychedelic surf iconography of the 80?s and 90?s, the distinct styles of each artist merge into powerful graphic scenery.
When Runs til the 2nd of November 2011
Where The National Grid Gallery – 24 Chard Road, Brookvale, Sydney NSW
Art Exhibitions & Shows Coming Soon

Who KING OF NOTHING launch TOMORROW’S NOSTALGIA
What King Of Nothing clothing are launching their Summer range with a cool event for the skate, surf, street, art and fashion communities. Artists exhibiting include Perth Photographer Tim Swallow, Illustrators Andrew Milist, Glenno & Alex LeHours, Sydney Street Artist Herl who will collaborate with ApeFF Crew and fly in work from LA.
When Thursday 27 October, 2011 6-9pm
Where aMBUSH Gallery 4A James Street, Waterloo SYDNEY NSW
Art Exhibitions & Shows Coming Soon

Who GL WOOD
What New York based fashion photographer GL Wood has taken time off from his usual artform to exhibit “RAPTOR’86”, a collection of dynamic (and slightly terrifying) multi-medium works inspired by Birds of Prey. Each piece starts out as a collage, carefully constructed by hand and is then blown up digitally to achieve the stylised pop art effect.
When Thursday, October 27 6:00pm – 8:00pm, runs til 5 November 2011
Where Showcase Gallery Suite 3, Level 2, 85 William Street, Darlinghurst, NSW
Art Exhibitions & Shows Coming Soon

Who  KING OF NOTHING
What King Of Nothing clothing are launching their Summer range with a cool event for the skate, surf, street, art and fashion communities. Artists exhibiting include Perth Photographer Tim Swallow, Illustrators Andrew Milist, Glenno & Alex LeHours, Sydney Street Artist Herl who will collaborate with ApeFF Crew and fly in work from LA.
When Thursday 27 October, 2011 6-9pm
Where aMBUSH Gallery 4A James Street, Waterloo SYDNEY NSW
Art Exhibitions & Shows Coming Soon

Who ANTHONY LISTER
What Anthony Lister is back in Australia for his new exhibition “Street Faces” featuring 35 new works, mostly portraits.
When Runs til 17 September 2011
Where Metro Gallery – 1214 High Street, Armadale VIC
Art Exhibitions & Shows Coming Soon

Who 1.85 MILLION: ART PERIPHERIES curated by Joseph Allen Shea
What Presenting work by Australian and international artists including a number of new commissions for the Campbelltown Arts Centre, “1.85 Million: Art Peripheries” makes cross-cultural and geographical comparisons and connections between social experiences of urban and suburban environments. Artists on the list? The legendary Howard Arkley, Paul B Davis, Miranda July, Corita Kent, Garry Trinh, Amanda Maxwell, Will French… In short: go.
When Opens Friday 20 August – 23 October 2011
Where Campbelltown Arts Centre – Cnr Camden & Appin Rds, Campbelltown NSW

Who THE MAD SQUARE: MODERNITY IN GERMAN ART 1910-37
What INCREDIBLE exhibition of over 200 works by leading artists of the period – including Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, John Heartfield, Hannah Höch, Karl Hubbuch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, László Moholy-Nagy, August Sander, Christian Schad, Rudolf Schlichter and Kurt Schwitters – The mad square reveals the intensely original art forms both of this time and the fascinating and complex ways in which artists responded to the forces of modernity.
When Runs til 6 Nov 2011
Where Art Gallery of New South Wales – Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney NSW

Who SURREALISM: THE POETRY OF DREAMS
What GoMA is the exclusive Australian venue for “Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams”, a landmark exhibition of surrealist works direct from the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Modern art enthusiasts, book your tickets to Brisbane now. This landmark exhibition features works by Giorgio De Chirico, Max Ernst; Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, André Breton, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Victor Brauner, Joan Miró, Luis Buñuel and René Clair, Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky and more.
When Open til 2 October 2011
Where GoMA – Stanley Place, South Bank, QLD

COMING SOON…
Who PHIBS
What Phibs is showing a collection of new works for his solo show titled “Journey”. The concept behind the show is the Interpretation of art is a Journey for the artist and the viewer alike.
When Thursday, September 8 at 6:00pm – September 28 at 5:00pm
Where Plump Gallery 240 Enmore Road, Enmore NSW
Art Exhibitions & Shows Coming Soon

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Main image by ANTHONY LISTER