A return to reading

At the Gallery, there’s an ever-increasing interest in reading, with many QAGOMA Members making the most of the monthly Book Club program. We may be living in an age of technology overload, surrounded by blogs, tweets, and social media posts, but 2012 also happens to be the national year of reading and all around us…

Cleaning Ian Fairweather’s ‘Head’ c.1955

The cleaning of paintings is a fascinating subject. Changes in approaches to conservation practice mean that cleaning now often involves varnish removal. Traditional conservation practice commonly involves removing an old discoloured varnish from a paint layer and the changes are often visually dramatic. Natural resin varnishes such as dammar and mastic turn yellow over time,…

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…

GOMA celebrates the next generation of Queensland artists

The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art and Design, now in their 22nd year, recognise, celebrate and honour student artists from Queensland schools. The award-winning works were officially unveiled at the annual Creative Generation exhibition held at GOMA last month. As I observed the proud looks on the young artists’ faces, this prompted me…

Lightness and Gravity

‘Lightness & Gravity’ showcases the Gallery’s contemporary art collection in a series of thematic constellations, and features several major recent acquisitions. The title of the display points to a longstanding philosophical discussion on the fundamental character of existence — and, by extension, the nature of art-making — as weighty, meaningful and constrained by history, or…