- » 31/03/2016:
The Commercial is looking forward to exhibiting at Auckland Art Fair 25-29 May 2016. Presented will be a group exhibition of all new works by Mitch Cairns, Gunter Christmann, Diena Georgetti, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Narelle Jubelin and Clare Milledge. (Stand A5)
- » 08/10/2015:
It is a pleasure to announce that a selection of Gunter Christmann's 1975 and 1977 works on paper have been acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
- » 22/06/2015:
Works by Mitch Cairns, Gunter Christmann, Emily Hunt, Clare Milledge, Michael Riley and Mary Teague are included in the group exhibition, Writing Art, curated by Scott Donovan, at Artspace, Sydney. "Writing Art illustrates how the use of text has evolved into an integral and multifaceted aspect of contemporary art. The use of text may be fundamentally material, focusing on the resonant connotations of words. It may be punning and self-referential. It may be spatial and constructive. It may draw close to poetry while maintaining a strong visual identity. It may be documentarian, or mockingly so, where text is suggested as part of a narrative, or fictional, archive. Ultimately, it is the sheer mutability of the textual within the context of the visual arts that allows it to keep speaking, amongst works and to an ever-growing audience receptive to the form." Opening Thursday 25/06/15, 6-8pm. Exhibition continues until 16/07/15.
- » 28/03/2015:
Agatha Gothe-Snape, Mitch Cairns and Gunter Christmann have work in the exhibition 21st Century Heide: The Collection Since 2000, at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. The exhibition presents 1500 artworks acquired by the Museum since the turn of the century. Exhibition dates: 28/03/15 - 14/07/15.
- » 05/01/2015:
Gunter Christmann's 50-year retrospective at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, curated by Lesley Harding, was named on Blouin ArtInfo's list of Ten of the Best Art Exhibitions in Australia (non-commercial) for 2014.
- » 27/08/2014:
In lieu of a regular opening for the Gunter Christmann exhibition at The Commercial, a special Spring afternoon celebration will be held at the gallery on Saturday 20/09/14, 2-6pm. Details of the live program will be announced closer to the date. The exhibition comprises six paintings made in the year leading up to the artist's death in November 2013 and coincides with the 50-year retrospective currently on exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
- » 26/07/2014:
A preview of Gunter Christmann's 50-year retrospective now on at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne until 16/11/14 has been published on Art Guide, written by Megan Backhouse.
- » 24/07/2014:
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, is presenting a major retrospective of Gunter Christmann's work. Curated by Lesley Harding, "'Gunter Christmann: Now and Then' is the first exhibition to survey the fifty-year career of this remarkable Australian artist. It includes sound works, photographs and drawings alongside his paintings, and traces the evolution of his major themes and series, from the geometric and constructivist abstracts, splatter and shaker box paintings through to his sensitive figure studies, silhouette paintings and landscapes." A catalogue has been produced to accompany the exhibition. Exhibition dates 26/07/14 - 16/11/14. Curator, Lesley Harding, is giving a floor talk Saturday 26/07/14 at 2pm.
- » 07/07/2014:
A selection of Gunter Christmann works from the 1960s and 1970s are included in the group exhibition SNO 106 'Returning to The Field' at SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney. "In 1968 John Stringer was the chief exhibition officer at the National Gallery of Victoria and he was entrusted primarily to develop a temporary exhibition called The Field, for the opening of the new gallery building on St Kilda Rd." "The ideas for this exhibition [at SNO] are based on two main beliefs. Firstly, to trace the history and the critical distance that new formalist abstraction in Australian art has undertaken since 1968. The second objective is to position in this trajectory of ‘abstract’ art, a set of contemporary counterpoints that re-address some of the aspects and outcomes created by both the artists and curators at the National Gallery of Victoria at that time." (extract from letter to invited artists from Andrew Leslie & Ruark Lewis) Artists in the exhibition are Suzie Idiens, Jacky Redgate, Deborah Dawes, Jacqueline Rose, Bill Wright, Sydney Ball, Gunter Christmann, Bengitj Ngurruwuthun, Michael Johnson, Wendy Paramour, Nigel Lendon, Trevor Vickers, Lynn Eastaway, Robert Jacks. Opening Saturday 12/07/14, 3-6pm, exhibition until 24/08/14.
- » 21/06/2014:
An exhibition of Gunter Christmann's late paintings is being held at The Commercial 29/08/14 - 04/10/14 to coincide with the 50 year retrospective of the artist's work presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
- » 20/06/2014:
The Commercial is excited in anticipation of its first presentation at Melbourne Art Fair in the Royal Exhibition Building from 13/08/14 - 17/08/14. Presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation, Melbourne Art Fair is one of Australasia’s longest running contemporary art events. For 25 years the Fair has stimulated critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists directly contributing to the livelihood of living artists. The Commercial will present a group exhibition in the MAF Galleries sector. Collector's passes and tickets to the opening night Vernissage on Wednesday 13 August, 6-10pm are available on the Melbourne Art Fair website.
- » 16/02/2014:
Simon Barney, fellow artist and long time friend of Gunter Christmann, will present a talk about Gunter and his work in the gallery as part of the ongoing series of talks around the group exhibition, OUI we. Saturday 22/02/14, 4pm.
- » 30/12/2013:
Gunter Christmann obituary by John McPhee in the Sydney Morning Herald 30/12/13. Gunter Christmann: "I cover flat areas with paint."
- » 27/11/2013:
The gallery will be closed 1- 6pm on Wednesday 27/11/13 due to Gunter Christmann's funeral. Apologies for any inconvenience to those wishing to visit the Robert Pulie exhibition at that time.
- » 23/11/2013:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gunter Christmann (23/04/36 - 19/11/13). It was a privilege to have worked with Gunter for the short time that we did and to have known him. Gunter was a great and singular artist and individual whose work – which encompassed painting but also photography and sound sculpture – shifted constantly and until his last days, shaped by his endless reassessment of his own actions and his disavowal of general expectations and rules. A bohemian and an intellectual. A playful mind. We are big fans of his style, the style of his work and the style with which he chose to live his life. We acknowledge his beloved Jenny in this. A retrospective of Gunter Christmann’s work is being presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 26/07/14 – 09/11/14. Vale Gunter.
A service will be held on Wednesday 27//11/13 at the South Chapel, Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, Military Road, Matraville commencing at 2.15pm. All welcome.
- » 26/07/2013:
Proceeds from the sale of Jenny Christmann's work in JANIS II are being donated to Skateistan, a not for profit organisation helping young girls and working children in Afghanistan and Cambodia, as specified by Gunter Christmann, Jenny's husband.
- » 20/02/2013:
A feature article on Gunter Christmann will appear in the 50 year anniversary issue of Art & Australia, published May 2013. Written by Meredith Morse, the article situates Christmann's recent paintings in the context of his wider art practice in particular with reference to their aggregation of time, their openness to flux and their indebtedness to process.
- » 20/02/2013:
As part of Art Month Sydney, there will be a special, one-off screening of rare Gunter Christmann slide carousels. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Gunter Christmann produced a number of photographic series in the form of slide carousels. Each carousel contains 80 slides on a specific theme (e.g. garbage/found slides, East Sydney, New York, split images). Mostly unseen, these atmospheric works encapsulate the artist's broader interests in image making and abstraction. A selection of carousels will be projected in the gallery. Saturday 09/03/13, from 3pm.
- » 28/09/2012:
Heide Museum of Modern Art is presenting a retrospective of Gunter Christmann's work in 2014, curated by Lesley Harding. It will be the first museum survey of this kind for Christmann who has featured in important historical exhibitions such as The Field, National Gallery of Victoria (1968), the XI Biennale of Sao Paolo (1971) and the 1st and 4th Biennales of Sydney (1973 and 1982).
- » 18/09/2012:
Gunter Christmann has a solo exhibition, Eyes and Mind, curated by George Hubbard and Robert Lake at East Sydney Doctors, Sydney. 102 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney. Exhibition dates: 18/09/12 - 27/10/12.