Amata painters: Western Desert painting movement

Amata community is located in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in north-western South Australia. In the 1970s, Amata women were encouraged to learn batik, natural dyeing, spinning, weaving and leatherwork techniques. Minymaku Arts (meaning ‘belonging to women’) was set up in 1997, but in 2005 the centre was renamed Tjala Arts, with both men…

An enduring art tradition: The Hermannsburg School

The Hermannsburg School is an art movement that began at the Lutheran mission of Hermannsburg in Central Australia in the 1930s, inspired by Arrernte artist Albert Namatjira who was born there. Following Namatjira’s early sell-out exhibitions, members of his extended family and his community – most of whom were already making art in some form – became interested in…

Noel McKenna’s larger-than-life crossword solved

Here are the answers to Noel McKenna’s crossword Australian Art History 1933–1978 currently in ‘Landscape – Mapped‘ at the Queensland Art Gallery until Monday 2 April 2018. The crossword questions were published in a previous blog, how many did you get right? Across 2. BROWN / The Annandale Imitation Realists (also known as Imitation Realism) was a short-lived collaborative group of mixed…

Patricia Piccinini’s major solo exhibition opens at GOMA

A field of more than 3000 specially created flower sculptures (illustrated) is among a range of immersive must-see artworks premiering in the major solo exhibition ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection’ now open at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). Patricia Piccinini is one of the most exciting and challenging contemporary Australian artists working today and ‘Curious Affection’,…

Lines in the sand: Coming to terms with Patricia Piccinini

Elizabeth Finkel, former biochemist, and Editor-in-Chief of Cosmos Magazine, a science magazine that she co-founded in 2005, comes to terms with Patricia Piccinini. This is an extract from ‘Lines in the sand: A science writer comes to terms with Patricia Piccinini’ from the exhibition publication supporting ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection‘. I’m interested in telling stories about the…

Picasso: The Vollard Suite

Until mid April, the Queensland Art Gallery hosts the National Gallery of Australia exhibition ‘Picasso: The Vollard Suite’, the themes and questions raised by the famous suite — to which the dynamics between artist and muse, and men and women, are central — can be further explored through selected sculptures from the QAGOMA Collection. He…