As Christmas draws e’er near its time for the social pages to take a well deserved rest. What a year its been as we have covered the social side of contemporary art across the globe. From Adelaide to Liverpool, London to Melbourne, Edinburgh to Brisbane, the social pages have come to remind so many people what they were doing the night before. Others we have heard, seem to think the social pages are some sort of discreet dating service and they are scarcely discreet about that. Seriously though, that was serious: 2012 has been a great year for the social pages. We have been to the Adelaide Biennial, The Liverpool Biennale, APT 7, The VCA Grad Show, the John Moores Painting Prize, The Bloomberg New Contemporaries, The Sydney Biennale and that’s just for starters. In 2012 the social pages have even expanded and Natalie Thomas is bringing us craven images of Melbourne’s best and fairest. She has been seen chasing Charlie Sofo across the city and posed with Hugo Weaving in Sydney. She is unsinkable. There have been an amazing 33,000 visitors checkin’ the talent and for one brief moment UK visitors out numbered those from Australia. We have had visitors from Greenland. Thanks to everyone who helped out over the year Natalie Thomas (Melbourne), Suzanne Treister (London), Julia Boyd (Canberra) and Dean Butters (Canberra), Jan Falsone (Canberra), Joseph Falsone (Canberra) and Alexandra Sanderson (Melbourne) who was a god-send at the Adelaide Biennial.
This years special Christmas message comes via the Divine late Divine and is a scene from John Water’s classic movie Female Trouble (1974) in which Dawn Davenport chucks an awe inspring wobbly when she doesn’t get cha-cha heels. Not sure what cha-cha heels are exactly but they must be pretty damn good judging by Dawn’s reaction. For many of us this scene captures the spirit of Christmas with great accuracy. Dawn runs away from home and eventually dies for art in unfortunate if not tasteless circumstances. Obviously there is a pertinent message in Dawn’s story for all of us.
There is a gruelling year ahead for the social pages because its Canberra’s 100th birthday. This means more openings than you will be able to shake a stick at. But don’t waste your time shaking sticks because Canberra will be rockin’. Look out for Bad Girls opening at CCAS on February 8th, Isabelle Morgan’s exhibition with Alex Lewis at Manuka January 31, The Tuggeranong Youth show at Manuka January 17th, Blaze@ANCA February 20th, The BMA 40th Anniversary Exhibition and Deb&Dave’s Architectural Bus Tours on the 2nd and 9th March. And that’s only for starters !
In the meantime have a Divine Christmas and we will be back for the New Year. PaparrazziX