Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth

Cai Guo-Qiang made significant contributions to the Gallery’s Asia Pacific Triennials in 1996 and 1999, with his memorable gunpowder drawing and bamboo bridge across the Watermall. He was also involved in the first Kids’ APT in 1999, with his bridge-making activity. It is this close association between Cai and the Gallery over the past eighteen years…

A Private Collection — Artist’s Choice: Michael Zavros

Brisbane-based painter, sculptor and video artist Michael Zavros uses perfection as the overarching theme in his work, evident in his faultless renderings of images from fashion magazines, and vistas of the most sumptuous palaces of Europe. The artist talked to Peter McKay. Peter McKay | The ‘Artist’s Choice’ exhibition series invites contemporary artists to work…

Highlight: Huang Yong Ping ‘Ressort’

Through the generous support of Tim Fairfax, AM, the Gallery has recently commissioned and acquired one of the signature works of APT7, Ressort 2012, a sculpture by the Chinese–French artist Huang Yong Ping. A gigantic aluminium snake skeleton that spirals 53 metres across the Watermall, Ressort 2012 is a fitting centrepiece for APT7. This is not…

Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)

Edited version of Suhanya Raffel’s Foreword from ‘The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT7) publication. Two decades ago, the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) affirmed this Gallery’s commitment to programs of international and national relevance, and renegotiated the framework in which contemporary art was presented. In 2012, the APT remains just as vital,…

Twentieth anniversary of APT: Detonating Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang is one of the most significant Chinese artists of his generation. One of the earliest figures among the Chinese avant-garde of the 1980s to gain recognition outside of China, he was also a key participant in ‘The 1st and 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ APT2 (1996) and APT3 (1999). Cai’s project…