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…

Freecycles

In a world where almost anything imaginable can be produced, it is challenging to find products which combine a great design aesthetic with sustainable production. While plenty of plastic products seem a great idea at the time, how many of us stop to consider what will happen to those items in time when the enthusiasm…

Matisse film program

In the opening film of the Henri Matisse film program Matisse is asked what was the most enjoyable period in his life. He answers: “The messy times! When I wasn’t selling my paintings, when I was the only one who liked them besides a few of my friends. I used to like my paintings 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…

Welcome

At the Gallery we are constantly looking for new avenues to develop stronger connections with our audiences. Our online dialogues have grown significantly in recent years and we have been overwhelmed by the positive responses we have had to past virtual forums. We believe now is the right time to offer a permanent, multi-voiced blog,…

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…