About Dr Alex Gawronski

Alex Gawronski is an artist, writer and independent gallerist. His interests focus on the intersection with and tension between, art’s institutional framing - including its architectural and symbolic framing in privileged institutions like museums - and its continued potential for autonomous intervention via independent means. His related interest in the political economy of contemporary art, considers how, where and by whom, value is ascribed within its networks.

Gawronski’s research practice as an artist encompasses multiple media and includes large-scale architectonic interventions, conceptual painting, photography, video, sound and sculpture. He has extensive experience as an independent curator and founding director of numerous Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs). He is widely published: many of his writings focus on the impact of neoliberalism on the global art world and its gradual erosion and cooption of critical discourse within it.

Gawronski has shown widely nationally and internationally. He participated in the inaugural The National: New Australian Art for which he was commissioned to create three large-scale architectural interventions at the AGNSW, the MCA and Carriage Works (2017). Gawronski’s works have been shown at Artspace, the Performance Space and UTS galleries, Sydney; 200 Gertrude St, Margaret Lawrence gallery, Westspace, TCB inc. and 1st Floor, Melbourne; the Experimental Art Foundation (EAF) and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF), Adelaide; the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane; Contemporary Art Tasmania (CAT) and Plimsoll Gallery, the University of Hobart, Hobart; the Physics Room, Christchurch and the Aratoi/Wairapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, NZ; Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS), Japan; Plato’s Cave, Brooklyn, New York; the British School in Rome (BSR) and the Tsagaandarium Art Gallery and Museum, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, among other venues. Gawronski has published critical essays on contemporary art in various journals since the mid 1990’s. In 2014 Artspace Sydney published a monograph on Gawronski’s art and writing. Gawronski also has a long history founding and directing Independent Artist Run Spaces. Currently he co-directs KNULP, Camperdown, Sydney (2015 - ). Previously he was co-directing founder of the Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN), (2007-2015).

Selected publications

  • 'Curated from Within: the Artist as Curator’ in Companion to Curation, Wiley Blackwell, 2020 (book chapter)
  • Sick Mood at Sunset (etc…) KNULP, Sydney, 2018
  • The National: New Australian Art, AGNSW, MCA, Carriage Works, 2017 
  • Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Heide, Melbourne, 2017
  • Wreckrospective, 55 Sydenham Rd, Sydney, NSW, (gallery), 2016 
  • Missing Wallet, Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN), Sydney, 2014
  • Alex Gawronski: Words and Pictures, Artspace, Sydney, 2014 (book /monograph)
  • Black Square – 100 Years (1913/1915), Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF), Adelaide, South Australia, 2013 
  • The Invisible Man, Artspace, Sydney, 2012
  • Situation: Collaborations, Collectives and Artist Networks from Sydney, Singapore and Berlin, Artist Run The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, 2005