Seeds & Sovereignty: Mapping Country

‘Seeds and Sovereignty’ at the Gallery of Modern Art until 18 August 2024, brings together works from the QAGOMA Indigenous Australian Art Collection that celebrate the interconnected relationships between plants, people and Country. The lessons embedded in cultural knowledge systems contain critical information about the collection and use of natural resources, ensuring safe consumption and…

Re-framing Edward Burne Jones ‘Aurora’

Edward Coley Burne-Jones (28 August 1833-98) was admired as one of the greatest artists of Victorian Britain. In 1877, art critic and novelist Henry James thought Burne-Jones a remarkable colourist, although many of his works of the 1890s displayed a strong tendency for monochrome. ‘In the palace of art there are many chambers, and that…

Conical form concentrates & amplifys energy

Female subjectivity and feminist narratives inspire Lonnie Hutchinson’s distinctive approach to art-making. She is also interested in pattern, the interplay of light and shadow, and the navigation of space and time, which are further enriched by her Māori (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuri Ki) and Samoan heritage. According to the artist: Intrinsic to each series within…

Jenny Watson: Private views & rear visions

This year, the QAGOMA Foundation Appeal invites support for the acquisition of leading Australian artist Jenny Watson’s extraordinary Private views and rear visions 2021–22. Until 7 July 2024, visitors to the Queensland Art Gallery can view this important work in Gallery 1.  Flashes of distant memories and glimpses of recent events are writ large in…

Anna Schwartz reflects on Joel Elenberg’s work

During a visit to the Gallery to view works by Joe Elenberg (1948‑80), Australian Gallerist Anna Schwartz reflects on the creativity of the Australian artist and their shared life together, with a focus on QAGOMA’s commanding marble sculpture Totem 1979 (illustrated). Currently on display until 3 August 2025 at the Queensland Art Gallery is Rhinoceros…

The treasure of ephemera: One artist’s story

As ‘mudunama kundana wandaraba jarribirri: Judy Watson’ opens at the Queensland Art Gallery, the QAGOMA Research Library unpacks the Judy Watson Artist File. Here, we explore some of the treasures of this artist’s ephemeral journey so far, from an invitation to the artist’s earliest solo exhibition — ‘bath icons’ (1986) (illustrated), held at Gippsland Institute…