Highlight: Under the jacaranda

A concentrated presentation of Australian collection highlights is on display during the Queensland Art Gallery’s Collection Storage Upgrade. This stunning salon hang includes everyone’s favourite — Under the jacaranda by R Godfrey Rivers. The art storage capacity at the Gallery is being increased by 30 per cent with the construction of a new mezzanine level and modernised…

Highlight: Zhou Tao ‘Blue and Red’

Recently acquired for the Collection, this video work demonstrates APT8 artist Zhou Tao’s use of editing techniques to combine two separate spaces into a new, meaningful ‘third’ space. Based in Guangzhou, in China’s highly urbanised Pearl River Delta, Zhou Tao is part of a generation of Chinese artists born after the Cultural Revolution (1966–76) that…

APT8 Highlight: Shigeyuki Kihara

Acquired for the Collection with the generous assistance of Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson, this intriguing series of photographs by Shigeyuki Kihara responds to the images of Samoa taken by Alfred Burton, who visited the Pacific in the 1880s, and looks to redress stereotypes of the Pacific perpetuated in colonial photography. In the late nineteenth century, French artist…

Robert MacPherson: NATIONAL ART: A SIMPLISTIC VIEW ‘QUEENSLAND SERIES’

Robert MacPherson’s work is often positioned against the historically pervasive national traditions in Australian art of landscape painting and heroic narrative. His works evoking landscape and important figures are tinged with irony, and attempt to look beyond stereotype and jingoism. Yet still they suggest something specifically Australian – whether it is language, food or cultural…

Highlight: Tim Maguire ’Trees and snow’

These carefully manipulated photographic prints by Australian artist Tim Maguire capture the simple beauty of one of his favourite subjects. Tim Maguire first came to national prominence in the early 1980s with confident landscape paintings that reassessed canonical Australian outback scenes. His interest in landscape has since been inflected by his long residence in Europe,…

Highlight: Parastou Forouhar

In the lead up to ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8) we look back to a work acquired during APT7 by Parastou Forouhar and share insights into the artist’s inspirations. Parastou Forouhar’s diverse artistic practice, which ranges across installation, photography and drawing, engages directly with her personal biography. Forouhar, who grew up in Iran,…