Dear Emilya  
 
We have the perfect New Year’s resolution for you that will be easy to keep in 2015 - see more great art.
 
Assistant Curator Manya Sellers takes us behind the scenes of the MCA’s latest exhibition of MCA Collection works in Taking it all away, which includes significant pieces by Stuart Ringholt, Christian Capurro and Peter Cripps.
 
Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration is continuing to captivate MCA audiences. You can see some of our visitors’ responses in drawings, photos and recordings on MCA Articulate, the Museum’s newly launched iPad app HERE
 
Fellow Young Ambassador Emilya Colliver, Director and Founder of Art Pharmacy shares her art tips for the year ahead also.
 
If you find yourself in Canberra this February, our friends at the NGA are generously offering MCA Members, concession price access to James Turrell: A Retrospective. But fret not, if you can’t make the trip, the work of James Turrell will feature in Light Show opening at the MCA on the 16th April.
 
We look forward to seeing you back soon!
 
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Sun 4 Jan, 5–9pm                    FCxMCA Cashmere Cat (ticketed)
 
Wed 28 Jan, 6.30–8.30pm      Private viewing and tour of Sealed Section at Artbank
 
Thu 5 Feb, 6.30–8.30pm         Private viewing 10th Anniversary Group Show, Sullivan+Strumpf
 
Tues 17 Feb, 6.30–8.30pm    Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration - tour and print-making workshop
 
Sun 22 Feb, 5–9pm                  FCxMCA Redinho (ticketed)
 
Tickets for FcxMCA available HERE
Invitations will be issued with full details for each event.
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MCA Young Ambassador Emilya Colliver tells what she loves about the program, her exciting business Art Pharmacy and what’s on her art hit-list for 2015.
 
 
What for you, is the most interesting or compelling aspect of the Young Ambassador program?
The chance to visit some of Sydney’s private art collections; speaking with the MCA curators; meeting new, like-minded people from different walks of life and discussing art with those who’d I’d never normally have a chance to meet. As it’s grown over the years, I love that I can turn up to any event and know I have someone to have a glass of wine with.
 
What motivates you to support the arts?
Because there really isn’t enough of it in Australia. Arts and culture is ingrained in European society, where I spent 11 years living and studying, but it’s really seen in certain small pockets here. Arts should be part of everybody’s life.
 
Tell us about your business Art Pharmacy and what inspired you to found it?
Visiting institutions like the MCA, Tate, MOMA etc, I realised I probably would never have the opportunity to collect that sort of art, but then I realised there were so many amazing and talented artists that were unrepresented. It sort of snowballed from there. Art Pharmacy now has over 70 unrepresented artists with over 600 affordable, contemporary artworks. Art Pharmacy brings those artists to the right buyers and without the sterile atmosphere of the big galleries. We make it fun and involving.
 
What is the best advice you would offer a fellow Young Ambassador looking to start their own art collection?
When you purchase an artwork, buy because you love it, not because you think it might increase in value. The more art you buy, not only will you have lots of talking points, there may just be a hidden gem in there for the future! Don’t worry if other people don’t like the work, it just sparks better conversations about it.
 
What art or exhibition are you most looking forward to seeing in 2015?
So many! Sydney Contemporary Art Fair is just around the corner, as is The Other Art Fair, a new fair coming to Sydney. And The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at GOMA should be amazing too.
 
If money, time or travel were no object, what museum would you visit in the morning and what artwork would you have hanging on your wall?
That’s a hard one! A stroll through Hyde Park to the Serpentine Gallery would be hard to beat. In summer, of course!
If I had the right house, a Caravaggio!
 
 
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Taking it all away: MCA Collection
 
 
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This summer the MCA is thrilled to present its collection exhibition Taking it all away, curated by Senior Curator Natasha Bullock, featuring work by Australian artists Gordon Bennett, Christian Capurro, Peter Cripps, Gail Hastings, Robert Hunter, Rose Nolan and Stuart Ringholt.
 
Showcasing a selection of works from the MCA Collection, including two recent major acquisitions made possible through the MCA Foundation, this exhibition presents work that draws on aspects of Minimalism and conceptual art and explores a diverse range of concerns including concepts of erasure and abstraction, dynamics of space and time, the complex articulation of objects in space and the social impact of art.
 
One of the exhibition highlights is Christian Capurro’s long-term collaborative project Another Misspent Portrait of Etienne de Silhouette. Produced over a five-year period between 1999 and 2004, the project involved the contribution of more than 250 volunteers, who each erased a page of a Vogue Hommes magazine and then noted on the page the time it had taken and an hourly rate of what their time was worth. The erased and re-inscribed magazine forms the centrepiece of the work. It is accompanied by a collection of ephemera and associated works as well as an ongoing response program, where invited contributors address the work either directly or from a particular point of view. This evolving and continuing response program has taken place around the work’s various public presentations in Australia and internationally. It includes texts, performances and discussions, and here in this presentation at the MCA, an exquisite oil painting by Melbourne artist Chris Bond, which is the uncanny replica of the original magazine made in reverse.
 
Exhibition open until 22 February. See HERE for more information and related events.
 
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Thursday 22 January, 6pm and 7.30pm
Friday 23, Saturday 24, Sunday 25 January, 12 and 1.30pm
FREE with exhibition entry
MCA Galleries, Level 3
 
Hear two-time ARIA award winning pianist Sally Whitwell perform a piece by Phillip Glass composed as a portrait of Chuck Close. Composer Phillip Glass features throughout Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration as Close and Glass have been friends since the mid-sixties.
 
Presented with Vexations840
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Saturday 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 January
2pm Start
FREE, drop in
Veolia Lecture Theatre
 
Artists David Capra, Julie Frager, Emily Hunt, Ben Quilty and Curator Glenn Barkley bring you films inspired by the work of Chuck Close throughout January. 
 
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See James Turrell at the NGA 
    
During the month of February the National Gallery of Australia is offering MCA Members the opportunity to see James Turrell: A Retrospective for the members price of $20
 
“Never before seen in Australia and showing only in Canberra. James Turrell is one of the greatest artists of our time. These extraordinary immersive works using light have been specifically installed for the National Gallery of Australia. They will change the way you see.”
 
Simply present your MCA Membership card at the NGA Ticket desk to redeem the members price ticket or select the members option when booking online HERE  (please note, no members price is available for the premium ticket which includes the perceptual cell)
 
Join or renew your MCA Young Ambassador Membership online HERE to access this great offer and secure your unlimted FREE entry to Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration and Light Show.
 
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Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration
 
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Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration is organised by Terrie Sultan, Director of the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, and has been made possible, in part by generous underwriting by the Neuberger Berman Foundation and grants from the Lannan Foundation and the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation.
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Images: Peter CrippsAnother History for H.B. a masonite panels on wooden frames, mirror finish panels, steel legs, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1993, installation view City Gallery, Melbourne, 1989, image courtesy and © the artist, Christian Capurro et al., Another Misspent Portrait of Etienne de Silhouette, 1999-2007/2009/2014, installation view (detail), Corderie, Arsenale, Venice Biennale 52, International Exhibition of Art, 2007, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the MCA Foundation, 2013, image courtesy and © the artist, Chuck Close, Self-Portrait/Pulp, 2001, (Progressive Proof I), © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery, photograph courtesy Pace Prints and Pace Gallery; Chuck Close, , 2013, archival watercolour pigment print on Hahnemühle rag paper, © Chuck Close in association with Magnolia Editions, Oakland, courtesy Pace Gallery, photograph courtesy Magnolia Editions, Oakland and Pace G; James Turrell, After green, 1993, Wedgework: fluorescent, LED and fibre-optic lights, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, © James Turrell, photograph © Florian Holzherr.
 
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