The Legacy of Montien Boonma

Montien Boonma (1953-2000) is undoubtedly the most important Thai artist of his generation and one of the great innovators in contemporary Asian art. Revered in Thailand and recognised internationally, he was honoured by the 2003 retrospective exhibition Montien Boonma; Temple of the Mind at the Asia Society, New York, which toured to the National Gallery of…

Ian Fairweather: Late works

After a restless early life, in 1953 artist Ian Fairweather (1891–1974) consolidated his home and art in a hut on Bribie Island, in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. The following 20 years saw Fairweather achieve the summation of his life’s labour as a painter and the works from this period brought him enduring fame. From his hut,…

Become a sculpture

‘Sculpture is Everything‘ explores the extraordinarily diverse and surprising field of contemporary sculpture. Though not grand in scale or complicated technically, the video One minute sculptures by Erwin Wurm has become a favourite work in the Collection. In the video Wurm choreographs people and objects in awkward positions for up to a minute in duration.…

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.…