Highlight: Mika Rottenberg ‘Mary’s cherries’

Questions of labour and the exploitation of women’s bodies lie at the heart of Mika Rottenberg’s humorous video installations, one of which was recently purchased for the Gallery’s Collection. Often in Mika Rottenberg’s video works, female characters with striking physical presences and in unusual environments, undertake a mundane, productive task that results in an unexpected…

Fred Williams: Painter, Printmaker

‘Fred Williams: Painter, Printmaker‘ explores the Gallery’s significant holdings of works by Fred Williams (1927–82): dating from the 1940s and 50s to the portfolio ‘Fred Williams lithographs 1976–1978’, his last great print series. Comprising more than 90 works, many never before shown at the Gallery, this is a reassessment of a kind — a way for…

Experience the Journey: Bea Maddock’s TERRA SPIRITUS…

To truly appreciate the epic work that is TERRA SPIRITUS … with a darker shade of pale 1993–98 (illustrated), you must immerse yourself and absorb this expansive installation which reaches almost 40 metres in length. This work has been described as Bea Maddock’s ‘Magnum Opus’1, indeed it is the accumulation of not only years of dedication…

Cai Guo-Qiang: At one with the universe

Leaving his Chinese hometown of Quanzhou, Cai Guo-Qiang began wandering the world to experience life outside China. Around three decades later, the powerhouse artist is riding the crest of his career, and has created an enigmatic exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) involving two brand new commissions. ‘Falling Back to Earth’, the first…

My life: This land is mine / This land is me

‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ examined strengths within the Queensland Art Gallery collection of Indigenous art and recognised three main central themes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander versions of history; responses to contemporary politics and experiences; and connections to place. These themes are expressed in the three main…