Women artists and the Belle Époque

While the Belle Époque often brings to mind scenes of bustling bars and crowded cabaret halls, upper-class women did not participate in Paris’s lively nightlife. The six women artists included in ‘Modern Woman: Daughters and lovers 1850-1918: Drawings from the Musée d’Orsay’ focus on domestic scenes, often intimate moments within the home and in private…

Another art history

The 2012 Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Appeal focuses on the acquisition of a group of rare icons of historical Aboriginal art from Queensland, made between the mid-1800s to the 1940s. These works are representative of many of the cultural groups within Queensland and reflect the diverse artistic heritages of Aboriginal peoples from this state. The…

You Are Here, with Michael Jackson, in Gary, Indiana

You Are Here is an artist collective from Sydney, established in 2006 by artists Zanny Begg and Keg de Souza – their work Emeraldtown: Gary, Indiana 2010 has been an audience favourite in the current GOMA exhibition ‘Social Networking’. Shortly after ‘Social Networking’ opened in March I recorded this interview with Zanny Begg detailing You Are Here’s…

The potter and the dentist

‘Carl and Phillip McConnell: Queensland studio potters’ is an exhibition by a father and son team of potters who established Australia–wide profiles. Carl McConnell was one of the hundreds of thousands of American Servicemen who passed through Brisbane but made lasting ties when he met and married a local girl, Bernice (Bunny) Pearson. Carl and…

Follow the red dirt road

‘Contemporary Australia: Women’ features a remarkable group of seven paintings by women of the Amata Community in the north-west of South Australia. Inspired by the Gallery’s commission to paint for ‘the special place’ (the Gallery) the women of the Amata Community excelled themselves and consider these large-scale works to be their best ever. I visited Amata…

Embodied Acts: Live and Alive

Embodied Acts is an exciting program of performances, events and actions taking place in and around the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) during ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’. Involving a diverse group of artists whose practices criss-cross between disciplines and interests, Embodied Acts foregrounds site-specific, performative and ephemeral forms of art. Each of the artists, in variously…