Artists announced for ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’

The latest in the Gallery’s ‘Contemporary Australia’ triennial series of exhibitions is set to celebrate Australia’s female artists from April this year The line-up for the Gallery of Modern Art’s (GOMA) upcoming ‘Contemporary Australia: Women‘ exhibition was recently announced and includes 33 artists and collectives to feature as part of the large scale exhibition opening…

GOMA’s Cosplay draws in the crowds

We celebrate our first-ever Cosplay event showcasing the costuming talents of our local Cosplay community. Congratulations to all those who rocked the day! Presented in conjunction with the Gallery’s ‘Drawn to Screen: Graphic Novels, Comics and Serials‘ film program, GOMA celebrated the art of ‘costume play’ with an eruption of colourful costumes, gravity defying wigs, props…

Video art: A changing medium

More than most other artistic fields, video art is dependent on technical equipment. In fact, its development as a medium can be charted with reference not only to evolving aesthetic debates but also to technological innovations that have resulted in new (and often cheaper) cameras, recording media, projectors, monitors and editing techniques. Looking back over…

Secrets under Damask

A recent restoration was undertaken over four weeks to a parlour setting from c.1880 – 90s in the Gallery’s Collection, comprising a settee, two grandfather chairs and a grandmother chair. The setting is significant because it was constructed in Queensland from Silky ash (Ehretia acuminata), a native deciduous tree. My role as Conservation Framer is…

Up Late with Sam Amidon

“Sam Amidon sees no difference between a 19th-century folk ballad and a 21st-century avant-garde instrumental suite. In bridging the very old and the very new… he has managed to meld the rural and the urban, the organic and the synthetic, the oral tradition and the written score” — Pitchfork Sam Amidon is in Australia playing songs…

Rare book or time machine?

It’s not unusual for a book to show the expanse of an artist’s work but Henri Matisse: Dessins. Themes et Variations, published in 1943 and limited to 950 copies offers something more intimate. It is a portfolio of drawings consisting of 158 plates produced in lithography and presented on single loose leaf pages. Comprising 17…