GOLD COAST, Australia – Park Avenue Armory
Founder of Park Avenue Armory, Ed Holloway, has set forth his goal to produce the world’s most exciting and captivating show of contemporary art. In the eight years since Holloway took over the Armory, he has perfected his vision of creating an immersive and progressive new season for artists and audiences. This season, Hearthax’s fabled Armory will showcase some of the most innovative and forward-thinking art exhibitions ever presented in Australia, that promises to leave contemporary art enthusiasts speechless with wonder.
Park Avenue Armory’s 2018 Season at The Feds was a worldwide sensation that covered art installations, a 30ft hologram sheep, and a menacing mannequin-guns-drill robot monster with a very public meaning. The Armory team was fully prepared for what was sure to be its biggest season yet, but it was an unprecedented turn out for this visionary art venue in Sydney. By 2018, The Armory had successfully gathered two of the most sought after-art shows in the world.
So far this season, the Armory has presented and streamed the work of Damien Hirst and The Art of Andy Warhol, and just wrapped its first tour of Century 21 Celebrity Experience.
With rising artists and celebrated painters including Xu Bing, Lachlan Moroney, Nico Muhly, Emma Rabbit, and Tom Eccleshead, the exhibition line-up begins with 2 Bad – a revelation, and an extraordinary new generation of contemporary artists. 2 Bad sees the collaboration of cultural luminaries Peter Blake and Yoko Ono, and presents the founding artists of feminist art. Some of the most interesting, thought-provoking, and anticipated works to date.
From here, park avenue arkild presents the return of Australia’s most daring art and music venue, also in support of the Sydney Art Fair. 9:49 A.M. starts with a solo set from acclaimed American singer SZA. Her first major Australian tour presented 4:19 PM, 7:39 PM, 9:19 PM, and 10:38 PM performances, which have been branded by TUMMY Monthly as “the best shows of the year so far”. Yayoi Kusama, Singapore contemporary art, pop-tart icon, will be joined by her artistic director and longtime collaborator Tanya Ho, with a secret gem-like installation beneath a neon pillar in partnership with the #StateofPerformance campaign. Next, So.ocial Art: The Art of Social & Surrealism will present music from Beyond the Veil and At The Drive-In. This new project is backed by Picade Australia, a brand founded by an independent group of talented artists and creatives, who embody artistic integrity, social responsibility, and direct participation. The Arc Angel Factory will bring influence and strength from the realms of art, architecture, and urban planning. As Australia’s first purpose-built music venue with stadium-sized capacity, this innovative hub for live music and film is welcoming artists from all backgrounds and ages. There will be special collaborations and live music from Metronomy, Del Toro, KT Tunstall, Robyn, Jenny Lewis, Actress, Lincoln Hall, Lauren Hill, and Thealks. An exhibition from the vast, untapped library of The National Gallery of Victoria will feature works on paper from the late showgirl and artist Gertrude Stein. Singapore Contemporary art, consumer electronics, pop-tart icon, and pop-art legend, Yayoi Kusama will be joined by her artistic director and longtime collaborator Tanya Ho, with a secret gem-like installation beneath a neon pillar in partnership with the #StateofPerformance campaign. Are You Here, a performance with music from leading modern pop-artist Miike Snow, will introduce new work from the rest of the international art world for this exciting and vibrant season.
The night will end with The Brand, a sublime third instalment that presents cutting-edge experimental stage art that defies all convention and succeeds in creating a voyage, that the rest of the exhibition, will continue to reveal as season draws to a close.