Happy new year, art fans. Firstly, our thoughts and wishes of best luck goes out to the beautiful Gallery Of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Jan Manton Gallery, Judith Wright Centre, Accidentally Annie Space, Doggett St Gallery, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Nine Lives, Jugglers Art Space and all the galleries or collectives in Brisbane and around Queensland which have been forced to shut their doors because of rising flood waters. Elsewhere the show must go on and we are psyched about the year ahead: some big exhibitions such as Gustave Moreau and the Eternal Feminine at Melbourne’s NGV and Art, Love and Life: Ethel Carrick and E Phillips Fox which is bound to be fabulous opens at QAG (river levels permitting) in April. Here’s the wrap of what’s opening around Australia this week…

Who STEF MITCHELL, LISA ZHU, BENNETT, THE MOVEMENT, HOBO, SHANNON CREES, CARA STRICKER, ARNIE ARNOLD, JUMBO, PEDESTRIAN’S GROUP SHOW ARTISTS
What Crazy. The ABSOLUT exhibition will be the final installment of the ABSOLUT Stairwell Gallery project at The Sugarmill stairwell in Sydney. The final exhibition will feature every artist that has participated in this unique project. Each artist has been given the simple brief – to develop a piece of art that features the ABSOLUT bottle.
When Thursday, 13th of January, 2011 from 6 – 9pm
Where Sugarmill stairwell, 33 – 37 Darlinghurst Road Downtown Kings Cross

Who WILL STOKER & MATT DOUST
What Reins is a multi-media collaboration between artist Matt Doust and musician Will Stoker, a personal dialogue to be presented within the walls of Free Range gallery. Through the submergence of painting, music, video projection and performance, Doust and Stoker aim to thematically explore/ highlight the concept of control as practiced/applied to dichotomous impulses within the human mind. Ergo, I really wish I was in Perth this week.
When Thu Jan 13 2011 – Wed Jan 19 2011
WhereFree Range Gallery – 339 Wellington Street, Perth WA

Who DREW FUNK v BRADDOCK: SECRET WARS (MELBOURNE)
What Another cracking Secret Wars battle approaches with Drew Funk and Braddock going head to head in a battle of live art and mad improv skills. They are battling for the last spot in the Semi Finals so it will be an event that you won’t want to miss out on.
When Wednesday 12th Jan 2011
Where 1000 £ Bend – 361 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC

COMING SOON…

Who ADRIAN BAIADA, REBECCA MURPHY, JENNY CUTHBERT & WEST
What Monstrosity Gallery is opening the second season of business with a group show of four of Sydney’s most collectible young painters. Come marvel at their stunning work and come armed with your check book to make some fine home grown investments.
When Opening drinks with the artists: January 21, 6pm. Open studios all month, Wednesday to Sunday 11am-6pm
Where Monstrosity Gallery – 93 Bourke Street Woolloomooloo NSW
Art Exhibitions & Shows Opening This Week

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Main image by Stef Mitchell