From the Director: A World View – now open at GOMA
Wednesday 22 June 2016 Share FacebookDelicious Email

BLOG-2012_348a-c_001Henrique Oliveira, Brazil b.1973 / Xilonoma Chamusquius 2 2012 / Burnt plywood and pigments / Purchased 2012 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

BLOG-GOMA_AWorldView_installationview_20160613_nharth_007‘A World View’, GOMA

It has been my distinct pleasure, as Director of this Gallery, to form a close working relationship with Tim Fairfax. It’s a delight to work with a benefactor so receptive to new ideas, but whose spirit of generosity is so well grounded. Never perturbed by the marvellous diversity of works we put forward, he leaves things to us: “it’s your collection to build”; “you’re the experts”. It’s clear, though, that Tim takes unvarnished joy in the new world of international art his giving creates for the Gallery and for its visitors. And this, I think, is where he finds his greatest joy – in the equally unvarnished responses of ordinary people, particularly of children, to the experience and the wonder of contemporary art.

A World View - the Tim Fairfax AC Gift Gallery of Modern Art official opening[l to r] Director QAGOMA, Chris Saines CNZM; Chair, Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees, Professor Sue Street AO ; QAGOMA Foundation Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey, AC , Governor of Queensland; and QAGOMA Foundation President, Tim Fairfax, AC

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A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift | Until 17 April 2017 | Free

BLOG-GOMA_AWorldView_installationview_20160603_nharth_001Installation view of Michael Sailstorfer’s Wolken (Clouds) 2010. Purchased 2011 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery. © The artist

Tim Fairfax has allowed QAGOMA to play large in a way that has spectacularly expanded our ability to commission and to collect. Such altruism and freedom to act in the interests of art and its audience is rare, and we are all the more deeply grateful to him for that.

These acquisitions on display in ‘A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift’ have ‘movement’ as their connector. Movement found in the refracted mirrors of Nasseri’s Epistrophy; the mechanical whoosh of Favaretto’s Gummo; or the die-hard fans not quite ‘thrilling’ us in Breitz’s King (a portrait of Michael Jackson).

BLOG-QAG_Sublime_20140901_msherwood_023-cropTimo Nasseri, Germany b.1972 / Epistrophy VI 2012 / Polished stainless steel / Purchased 2012 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

Sublime: Contemporary works from the CollectionInstallation viewLara Favaretto, Italy b.1973 / Gummo IV 2012 / Iron, car wash brushes and electrical motors / Purchased 2012 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

blog-2008_239a-b_001_installation viewCandice Breitz, South Africa b.1972 / King (a portrait of Michael Jackson) 2005 / 16-channel video installation: 42:20 minutes, colour, sound / Purchased 2008 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

The Tim Fairfax Gift includes an astonishing 75 works from every corner of the globe – works by turns intimate, spectacular and sublime. A second chapter – opening in December, when GOMA turns 10 – will showcase the scale of both this gift and of the GOMA building itself. It marks the return of Tomas Saraceno’s fabulous Biospheres and an exciting new large-scale light commission from Anthony McCall, and it will further reveal the extent to which we continue to be enriched by the transformative nature and the good grace of Tim Fairfax’s giving.

HarvestInstallation viewTomás Saraceno BiospheresTomás Saraceno, Argentina b.1973 / Biosphere 02 2009 / PVC, rope, nylon monofilament, acrylic, plants (Tillandsia), air pressure regulator system, hydration system / Purchased 2014 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AC, through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

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