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Gordon Bennett
Be Polite

Edited by Aileen Burns, Johan Lundh
Texts by Helen Hughes, Ian McLean, Julie Nagam

Gordon Bennett: Be Polite follows the exhibition of largely unseen works on paper by one of Australia’s most visionary and critical artists, Gordon Bennett (1955–2014). The exhibition and publication are the first to present the work of Bennett since his death. Though rarely seen in exhibition contexts, Bennett’s drawing and writing formed the foundation of his practice.

This publication brings together three newly commissioned essays by art historian Ian McLean and curators and arts writers Helen Hughes and Julie Nagam. The selection of works from the Estate of Gordon Bennett comprises drawings, acrylic/gouache and watercolor paintings, poetry, and essays from the early 1990s to the early 2000s—a period that produced work of remarkable force and revealed the artist’s working methods, research focuses, and ultimately his ambitions for his work.

Copublished with Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Design by Žiga Testen

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Discipline No. 4


Edited by Nicholas Croggon, David Homewood, & Helen Hughes; with a guest edited section by Ferdiansyah Thajib, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center; and designed by Robert Milne.

Contents

Cover : Gordon Bennett

Editorial by Nicholas Croggon, David Homewood & Helen Hughes

Elizabeth Newman: Abstraction, Simulation, Obscuration by Francis Plagne

Critical Ambiguity: A Kantian Reading of Recent Work by Juan Davila by Helen Johnson

Trans-Pacific: Abstract Painting in Australia, New Zealand and America 1930–1960 by Rex Butler & A.D.S. Donaldson

Object Documentation by David Homewood & Bronté Lambert

The Dispute at the 19th Biennale of Sydney by Michael Ascroft

Illusion in Wendy Paramor’s Triad by Amelia Sully

Ambient Perspective and Endless Art by Nikos Papastergiadis & Amelia Barikin

Figures of the Machine: Richard Tuohy’s Halftone Films by Giles Fielke

Non-Resolution IRL by Danni Zuvela

Interview with Hito Steyerl by Amelia Groom

The Three Bodies of Angus Cerini by Jon Roffe

Encountering a Collection: Fiona Connor’s Wallworks by Kate Warren

What it’s Like to Dance Naked in the Museum and Other Thoughts: Stuart Ringholt’s Kraft (2014) by Liang Luscombe & Patrice Sharkey

Contemporary Art and Contemporaneity: Reflections on Method, Review of Reviews (Part 2) by Terry Smith

The Eternal Return of Irony: Gordon Bennett (1955–2014) by Ian McLean

Clothes by Centre for Style

Back Cover : John Citizen

Guess edited section by Ferdiansyah Thajib, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center (loose booklet in Bahasa and English)

Holopis Kuntul Baris: Karya Seni di Era Kolaborasi yang Tampak Mekanis / Holopis Kuntul Baris: The Work of Art in the Age of Manifestly Mechanical Collab­oration

Pengantar/Introduction by Ferdiansyah Thajib

Kerangka Kolektivitas/Terms of Collectivity by Simon Soon

Wok the Rock & Co.: Memahami Persahabatan dalam Dunia Seni Yogyakarta/Wok the Rock & Co.: Making Sense of Friendship in Yogyakarta’s Art Scene by Nuraini Juliastuti

Punkasila, Kerjasama dan Persahabatan/Punkasila, Cooperation and Friendship by Syafiatudina

Hestu A. Nugroho (Setu Legi)
(artist pages)

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Justin Clemens
Minimal Domination

Minimal Domination collects a selection of Justin Clemens’ art writings from the past decade. The title is drawn from contemporary mathematics: a minimally dominating set is the smallest set of points that neighbour all other points of a graph. A minimally dominating set is therefore a multiple and a structure which has privileged access to that which it is not. This is the secret of contemporary art: it creates discrete selections from which we can survey the whole.

Justin Clemens, former art critic for The Monthly, has written extensively on contemporary art. The essays in Minimal Domination discuss the work of Joseph Kosuth, Gordon Bennett, Juan Davila, Mike Parr, Ricky Swallow, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Christian Capurro, Philip Hunter, and others.

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