A moment in Japanese history

Photography from the beginning of the Meiji era (1868-1912) captures a moment in Japanese history when influences and technologies were beginning to interact with traditional life, and the nation was on the verge of social transformation that would signal the end of the ‘floating world’ culture of centuries past. For many travellers to Japan in…

Margaret Olley: So much herself

Christine France offers her personal reflections on Margaret Olley’s life, work and her generous spirit. Visit the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until 13 October 2019 to view the free exhibition ‘Margaret Olley: A Generous Life’, which examines the legacy and influence of one of Australia’s most beloved artists, a charismatic character whose life was…

Autumn breezes fortified for an abundance of winters to come

QAGOMA conservators collaborated with specialist East Asian Art Conservator Jennifer Loubser to assess the conservation repairs necessary to stabilise an unusual 8-panel Japanese folding screen, Scenes from Genji Monogatari to allow its safe handling and display – in assessing the condition of the work when it came into the Collection it was found that hundreds…

Conserving Japanese Scrolls

Emily Wakeling continues her conversation with Kim Barrett, Conservator, Works on Paper with a focus on displaying and caring for Japanese Scrolls. The exhibition ‘A fleeting bloom’ at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) includes a number of hanging scrolls, and we prepared these delicate works for display. Japanese scrolls are long works on paper that…

Vale: Gordon Shepherdson

QAGOMA pays tribute to Brisbane painter Gordon Shepherdson (1934–2019) who passed away in July – an enduring presence in the local art community over many decades, Shepherdson was known for his unique approach to expressionist figuration. People, flowers, animals, the night sky and his favourite fishing spots – he painted them from memory with both…