European Masterpieces digitally enhanced

An exhibition of 65 artworks representing the achievements of the greatest painters in the Western tradition from one of the world’s leading art museums is undoubtedly a drawcard. Add to this The Studio — a QAGOMA initiative developed with QUT’s Dr Kate Thompson (Associate Professor of Digital Pedagogies in the Creative Industries, Education and Social…

The jewellery of Selvaggia Sassetti (born 1470)

The coral of Selvaggia Sassetti’s necklace would not have travelled far from its once plentiful source in the Mediterranean sea. Precious red coral grows in a characteristic branching plant like form from the rocky sea bed, preferring the darkness of deeper water or underwater caves — for hundreds of years its main trade centre has…

William Yang: The Storyteller

Australian photographer William Yang is a storyteller. Yang began telling the stories behind his photographs in the 1980s. What began as a slide night, showing transparencies of his work for friends became a highly developed storytelling style. Yang’s monologue performances have become a signature part of his practice. For the exhibition ‘William Yang: Seeing and…

Hand gesture is a language of its own

Looking at the many human figures in ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’, it’s hard not to notice their hands: some elongated and others plump; palms pressed together in prayer or laid open in desperation; nimble, pick-pocketing hands; a wrinkled finger pointing in accusation; a clenched fist; dirty fingernails. This once-in-a-lifetime…