Sally Smart 'Chout Act_4', 2018, Melbourne Art Theatre performance, Gossard Theatre, Melbourne. Photo Jeff Busby

Sally Smart, The Violet Ballet (2019), exhibition view, ACE Open. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. Image Sam Roberts Photography

Sally Smart, The Violet Ballet (2019), exhibition view, ACE Open. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. Image Sam Roberts Photography

Sally Smart, The Violet Ballet (2019), exhibition view, ACE Open. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. Image Sam Roberts Photography

Sally Smart, The Violet Ballet (2019), exhibition view, ACE Open. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. Image Sam Roberts Photography

Sally Smart, The Violet Ballet (2019), exhibition view, ACE Open. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. Image Sam Roberts Photography

Sally Smart, The Violet Ballet (2019), exhibition view, ACE Open. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. Image Sam Roberts Photography

2 March—27 April, 2019

Sally Smart (VIC/SA)

Opening and Performance:

Sat 2 Mar, 5pm

Adelaide Festival opening hours:

Sat 2 Mar–Sun 17 Mar, 11am-4pm daily

Public Programs:

Curator’s Tour
Saturday 9 March 11am-11.30am, free
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Auslan Tour
Sunday 10 March, 12pm-1pm, free
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Artist Talk: Sally Smart in conversation with Liz Nowell
Saturday 13 April, 1.30pm-2.30pm, free
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Access:
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Auslan

Encounter the work of one Australia’s most significant contemporary artists, Sally Smart, as she makes a welcome return to Adelaide with her immersive new installation, The Violet Ballet.

Widely known for her large-scale, richly-coloured assemblage installations, Smart has carved out a world-renowned career that spans more than three decades. The Violet Ballet extends on Smart’s distinctive practice, examining the extraordinary legacy of the Ballet Russes – in particular its macabre dance piece Chout (Tale of the Buffoon) – alongside traditional the Indonesian Wayang character Punokawan.

Through textiles, costumes, dance, film and shadow puppetry, The Violet Ballet presents a dynamic mise en scene that brings avant-garde performance into conversation with the entwined legacies of colonialism and orientalism.

SALLY SMART (b. 1960) is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists recognised internationally for large-scale cut-out assemblage installations and increasingly, performance and video, her practice engages identity politics and the relationships between the body, thought and culture including trans-national ideas that have shaped cultural history. The recipient of numerous awards and prizes, Smart is currently Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne, and board member (Deputy Chair), National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

Sally Smart recent exhibitions and projects include: NGA Play, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia (2018-19); The Choreography of Cutting, Postmasters ROMA at 1/9 Unosunove, Rome, Italy (2017);  Prima Visione #4, (OFCA) International, Sarang Building, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; (2017); Vestibule Commission, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Australia (2017)Art Collaboration with Italian fashion House Marni, Milan, Italy (2017); The Choreography of Cutting Postmasters Gallery, New York (2016); Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2016); Conversation: Endless Acts of Human History (with Entang Wiharso), Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta (2016); Dark Heart: 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2014); Negotiating This World, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2013); The Pedagogical Puppet Contemporary Galleries, University of Connecticut, CT., USA (2012); Contemporary Australia: Women, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane, Australia; and No Name Station, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.

Smart is represented in significant public and private collections including: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; GOMA/Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; The University of Melbourne Art Collection, Melbourne; Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand; Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY, USA; The William Benton Museum of Art Connecticut’s State Art Museum, USA; British Museum, London, UK; and Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany.

Sally Smart is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.

Sally Smart acknowledges support from The University of Melbourne, where she is currently Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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