The book as art

In an age when an increasing number of people are consuming books and texts electronically via screens, the book as object has come to occupy a unique role. The particularly twentieth—century phenomenon of high—end book production by publishers such as Ambroise Vollard, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Albert Skira and Tériade (Stratis Eleftheriades) is broadly known as the…

Proposed gift of a Degas sculpture by the late artist Margaret Olley

Margaret Olley was an important benefactor and tremendous supporter of the Queensland Art Gallery and this proposed gift – a bronze sculpture of a dancer by Edgar Degas, called Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot is a lasting legacy to the people of Queensland. Edgar Degas’s sculptural practice was essentially an experimental…

A long engagement

A frequent question to curators and directors of art museums by media and visitors is ‘How long did it take to put the exhibition together?’ Of course there is no single answer, but on average, exhibitions of the scale and breadth of ‘Matisse: Drawing life’ take years rather than months. In this case it is…

Harder than it looks

My line drawing is the purest and most direct translation of my emotion. The simplification of the medium allows that. At the same time, these drawings are more complete than they may appear to some people who confuse them with a sketch. Henri Matisse, ‘Notes of a painter on his drawing’, 1939 Henri Matisse wrote…