Highlight: Ans Westra ‘Ruatoria’

Dutch photographer Ans Westra’s beautiful black-and-white photographs from two important series from the 1960s depict a day in the life of a large Māori family in rural New Zealand. For over 50 years, Dutch-born photographer Ans Westra has been absorbed by the documentation of Māori communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her often frank photographic portraits…

Highlight: Danh Vo ‘2.2.1861’

With the generous assistance of Michael Sidney Myer, the Gallery recently acquired this deceptively simple yet emotionally complex work by Vietnamese artist Danh Vo, for the Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Over the past five years, Danh Vo has emerged as one of the most acclaimed young artists working internationally. Since…

Hanga: Modern Japanese prints

Despite a nostalgic turn to the past, writes Morris Low, printmakers in postwar Japan were increasingly open to international influence. ‘Hanga’ not only showcases the Gallery’s stunning collection of historical and contemporary prints but also illustrates how important the medium was, and still is, in Japan. ‘Hanga’ pays homage to the modern Japanese print movement…

There’s an app in my artwork

At the recent Born Digital and Cultural Heritage Conference (June 2014), organised by the Play It Again research group, artist George Poonhkin Khut and QAGOMA’S Head of Conservation Amanda Pagliarino presented their perspectives on the Gallery’s acquisition of Distillery: Waveforming 2012, the winning entry in the Queensland Art Gallery’s 2012 National New Media Award. Distillery:…

Harry Tjutjuna is known for his iconic paintings of Wati Wanka

Part of a generous gift of Glenn Manser, this radiant work by senior Anangu artist Harry Tjutjuna is now held in the Gallery’s Collection. In the 1970s, many Anangu spoke out against revealing works based on Tjukurpa (Dreaming) to the general public, and chose to keep their own traditions and art strictly separate. Here, we…

Food, better lives, and a bowl of cherries

The Gallery’s major exhibition and film program ‘Harvest: Art, Film and Food’ presents a selection of works from the Collection, alongside feature films and documentaries, depicting food across the ages and exploring food production, distribution and consumption from multiple perspectives. Here, Frances Bonner looks at connections between feminism, permaculture and food futures. ‘Harvest: Art, Film and…