From the Director: Major Arthur Boyd painting gifted

A recent major gift to the Collection is destined to join the ranks of the most celebrated and iconic works in the QAGOMA Collection: a painting by Arthur Boyd, which I had the great pleasure of unveiling at the recent QAGOMA Foundation Annual Dinner. From the celebrated allegorical series of paintings ‘Love, Marriage and Death…

The culture of the beach

Bathing hour (L’heure du bain) c.1909 is one of two versions of the same painting made by Emanuel Phillips Fox, the second version entitled The bathing hour 1909. Both versions are close to the same size and are equally finished, thus, it cannot be assumed that one was a study for the other. However it has…

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: Abdul Abdullah ‘Coming to terms’

The ‘Coming to terms’ series is Abdul Abdullah’s most recent reply to the present mistrust directed towards Muslims in Australia. Featured in APT8, and selected by QAGOMA’s new Future Collective as their first contribution to the Gallery’s Collection, these five photographs repurpose the palatable tropes of traditional wedding photography to convey complex intercultural narratives, with…

Highlight: Charles Blackman’s ‘The Blue Alice’

In 1956, Barbara Blackman brought home a talking book machine and one of the first books the Blackmans ‘read’ was Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This was Blackman’s first encounter with the story and, importantly, it lacked any illustrations to impose on his imagination. Barbara came to stand for Alice herself. Her struggle with…

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…