Take a stand against ABC TV’s programming cuts by supporting the Arts in the best way possible: with your feet. Check out the fantastic exhibitions kicking off this week, including the opening of The Mad Square, an incredible looking collection of German Modernist works exhibiting at the Gallery of New South Wales. Think mad colours, provocative subjects and more-than-a-hint of the fucked up, ranging across Expressionism, Dada, Constructivism, Bauhaus and New Objectivity. Also on this weekend is Semi-Permanent Brisbane. Hope you got your tickets because it’s well and truly sold out…

Who TOUGH TITTIES presents A TOUCH OF CLASS: The Exhibition
What Tough Titties is a collective of insanely talented female artists doing their thing to represent the ladies. Feature artists include Jane Tyrell, Trial & Error, Georgia Perry, Bianca Chang ,Cat Secker and Georgia Hill, all of whom are ripping up the art scene in their own right.
When August 3, 6pm-8pm, runs til 28 August 2011 (Somedays 10am-6pm)
Where Somedays Gallery 72B Fitzroy St, Surry Hills NSW
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Who ECLECTICA
What National Grid in Brookvale, Sydney, is playing host to an estrogen-charged group show featuring works by some of Australia’s most talented female artists: Shannon Crees, Carly Casey, Mia Tanninaka, Bec Winnel, Kareena Zerefos, Lara Allport and Erin Forsyth.
When Opens Friday 5th August 2011 – 6:30pm
Where National Grid Gallery 24 Chard Rd, Brookvale NSW
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Who WE BUY YOUR KIDS
What Art/design/business team Sonny and Biddy of the increasingly prolific We Buy Your Kids are heading to Brisbane for the Semi-Permanent Design Conference (buy tickets here) and while there they’re also showing at Nine Lives. Jackpot.
When Opens Friday August 5 2011
Where Nine Lives Gallery – Shop 5F Winn Street, Fortitude Valley QLD
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Who JOEL BIRCH
What Sydney’s Lo-Fi Collective presents “Quit Your Day Job” by Joel Birch, an exhibition of new drawings and photographs by the globe roaming chiller. Also features a collaborative mural with letterform legend Roach.
When Opens Friday August 5 2011
Where Lo-Fi Gallery – 383 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW
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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 Opens 6 Aug – 6 Nov 2011
Where Art Gallery of New South Wales – Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney NSW
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Who LOOK HEAR / LOOK SEE
What Look Hear is quickly gaining a rep as Newcastle’s best art and design event on the calendar. Part conference, part club house, part playground it’s dedicated to showing off fresh faces and alt perspectives in design land. Speakers include Beastman, Toby Burrows, Brendan McKnight from Desktop Magazine and Beci Orpin. Look See is the exhibition that runs in collaboration with the event.
When Runs over 3, 10, 17 & 24 August 2011
Where Newcastle Region Art Gallery Newcastle
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Who STORMIE MILLS
What “Scuffling” is the process of applying paint to canvas a cross between a shuffle and a scrape. This is the inspiration behind the latest body of work by Aus artist Stormie Mills, who continues his exploration of human fragility through his intriguing, distincitve characters.
When Opens Wednesday 3 August 630pm – 830pm, and runs til 20 August 2011
Where Metro Gallery – 1214 High Street, Armadale VIC
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Who MARK ALSWEILER
What “Sundial” is a collection of new works by New Zealand artist Mark Alsweiler. His Balsa wood sculptures, and acrylic paintings have been influenced heavily by South American folk art, and a personal recognition of contrast.
When Opens Friday 29 July 6PM and runs til 7 August 2011.
Where China Heights Gallery – 3, 16-28 Foster St, Surry Hills NSW
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Who STEFAN DUNLOP
What Edwina Corlette gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by acclaimed Brisbane painter Stefan Dunlop to coincide with the launch of his book “Ten Years”. His abstract landscapes, with vivid use of colour, evoke the work of the Die Brücke expressionists.
When Opens 25 July and runs til 13 August 2011.
Where Edwina Corlette Gallery – 2/555 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD
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Who VALDENE BUCKLEY
What Perth artist Valdene Buckley’s first solo exhibition called “time … tide …” is a collection of charcoal frottages, ink drawings and intaglio prints that explores interactions between the natural world and man-made structures that occur over time.
When Opens Friday 29 July 6-8pm and runs til Aug 6 2011
Where Free Range Gallery 339 Wellington Street, Perth WA
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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
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COMING SOON…
Who KANE HIBBERD
What “Searching With My Good Eye Open” is the first solo exhibition for Australian music photographer, Kane Hibberd. His focus is captivating, inventive and emotive images – as well as capturing those one-off moments that sometimes happen in rock and roll. where it will be opening September 1st at Mart Gallery in Surry Hills.
When 1st – 20th September 2011
Where Mart Gallery – 3156 Commonwealth Street Surry Hills NSW
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