International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

One of my favourite things – Jawun The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on 9 August each year. Today, I thought I would profile one of my favourite works from our current exhibition ‘Across Country: Five Years of Indigenous Australian Art from the Collection’. The bicornual (two-horned) basket…

Winner Announced: National New Media Art Award

New South Wales-based artist George Poonkhin Khut was today named the winner of the $75,000 National New Media Art Award for 2012. George Poonkhin Khut’s winning entry Distillery: Waveforming 2012 consists of a clip-on heart monitor, tablet computer and a program that shows the viewer a visual interpretation of their beating heart. The judging panel…

Sculptures Ticking and Spinning

Galleries are not always quiet places; whether it be mechanical metronomes beating to different times or the whir of car wash brushes, the sounds of objects ticking and spinning will fill the galleries across the ground floor of GOMA as part of the forthcoming exhibition ‘Sculpture is Everything: Contemporary Works from the Collection’. Work no.…

Inner energy, cosmic force

Untitled (Chakraman) is a rare example of Nepalese painting. Visually striking in its scale and colour, and rich with iconography, it illustrates concepts connected to Buddhism, Hinduism, tantric principles and yoga, while depicting a great number of deities and incarnations. The central figure is a yogi (male yoga practitioner) showing the inner structure of the body that presents…

Another art history

The 2012 Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Appeal focuses on the acquisition of a group of rare icons of historical Aboriginal art from Queensland, made between the mid-1800s to the 1940s. These works are representative of many of the cultural groups within Queensland and reflect the diverse artistic heritages of Aboriginal peoples from this state. The…