Archive | June, 2014

Doug Hall, ‘Wreckage and reclamation: politics and art in Brisbane 1987-1997’, 3 June 2014

After heading up the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) for twenty years, Doug Hall has more, and juicier, war stories than any other museum director in the country. Arriving in Brisbane in the twilight years of the Bjelke-Petersen National Party government, Hall described his political masters as pastoralists (read, ‘rednecks’) soon to take starring roles in a succession of […]

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Jenny Watson, ‘A painted page’ series (1978–79), 2014

In ‘Trying to live now: chronotopic figures in Jenny Watson’s ‘A painted page’ series’, I bring together, for the first time, the six paintings in this important sequence from 1979–80. Combining gridded, painted reproductions of photographs, newspapers and department store catalogues with roughly painted fields of colour, the series combined a range of recent styles and […]

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Sonic rain at Hagia Sophia

A podcast of a remarkable presentation by Bissera Pentcheva, associate professor of art and art history, Stanford University, delivered at the  ‘Ways of seeing Byzantium’ symposium (18 October 2013) is available from the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC). Pentcheva draws together theology, aesthetics, architecture  and chanted psalms in a study of the combination of mirroring, […]

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Linda Marrinon: let her try 2007

In Linda Marrinon: let her try, Chris McAuliffe explores the motivations and development of one of Australia’s most innovative and idiosyncratic artists. Since she first exhibited in 1983 Linda Marrinon has defied both expectations and definitions. She was at first embraced by the art world elite; critics, curators and collectors flocked to her shows. But […]

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Jon Cattapan: possible histories, 2008

This book traces the art of Jon Cattapan —from Dadaist grotesquerie and surrealist erotica of his student days to current explorations of global information flows and urbanism. Written in close collaboration with the artist, the book contains extensive artist interviews and statements drawn from the 1970s through to the present, as well as numerous illustrations […]

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