Highlight: Marvin Newman

The Gallery has nine colour photographs by North American photographer Marvin Newman — four prints from his series ‘Coney Island’ 1953, and a complete set of five prints from the ‘Wall Street’ series 1956. The photographs taken by New York photographer Marvin Newman in the 1950s that make up the series ‘Coney Island’ 1953 and…

Highlight: Tomoko Yoneda ‘Baseball Ground’

This is an interesting image of an unremarkable thing, at least at first glance. Ostensibly, the work depicts the edge of a suburban sports ground in what appears to be the wet season. In the foreground, puddles gather among stems of verdant grass as clouds hover overhead, still pregnant with unspent precipitation. The image itself…

Highlight: Vandy Rattana ‘Fire of the Year’

Compelled to rectify voids in Cambodian history, Vandy Rattana documents everyday life, recording events that reflect the country’s rapid transformation while revealing the ever-present realities: a haunting past and an uncertain, challenging future. He captures social contexts in their natural state, avoiding stereotypes and the perspective of foreigners, to illustrate the constructs permeating Cambodian life.…

Highlight: Cai Guo-Qiang ‘Heritage’

Purchased for the Collection with generous support from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation, this major installation work, a ‘last paradise’ inspired by Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island, continues to inspire visitors to ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’. Read about some of the symbolism behind the work. On first encountering Cai Guo-Qiang’s 2013…

Highlight: Mika Rottenberg ‘Mary’s cherries’

Questions of labour and the exploitation of women’s bodies lie at the heart of Mika Rottenberg’s humorous video installations, one of which was recently purchased for the Gallery’s Collection. Often in Mika Rottenberg’s video works, female characters with striking physical presences and in unusual environments, undertake a mundane, productive task that results in an unexpected…

Highlight: Two lithographs (after Degas)

The Gallery has been honoured with the generous gift of four works on paper, including two lithographs after Edgar Degas (1834–1917), from the Margaret Olley Art Trust. These prints introduce two themes of interest to the great impressionist. Images of horseracing were a primary focus for Edgar Degas throughout his career. The spectacle of the race…