Another art history

The 2012 Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Appeal focuses on the acquisition of a group of rare icons of historical Aboriginal art from Queensland, made between the mid-1800s to the 1940s. These works are representative of many of the cultural groups within Queensland and reflect the diverse artistic heritages of Aboriginal peoples from this state. The…

You Are Here, with Michael Jackson, in Gary, Indiana

You Are Here is an artist collective from Sydney, established in 2006 by artists Zanny Begg and Keg de Souza – their work Emeraldtown: Gary, Indiana 2010 has been an audience favourite in the current GOMA exhibition ‘Social Networking’. Shortly after ‘Social Networking’ opened in March I recorded this interview with Zanny Begg detailing You Are Here’s…

The potter and the dentist

‘Carl and Phillip McConnell: Queensland studio potters’ is an exhibition by a father and son team of potters who established Australia–wide profiles. Carl McConnell was one of the hundreds of thousands of American Servicemen who passed through Brisbane but made lasting ties when he met and married a local girl, Bernice (Bunny) Pearson. Carl and…

Follow the red dirt road

Inspired by the Gallery’s commission to paint for ‘the special place’ (the Gallery) the women of the Amata Community in the north-west of South Australia have excelled themselves with a remarkable group of seven paintings and consider these large-scale works to be their best ever. I visited Amata in February 2012. To get there we travelled…

A return to reading

At the Gallery, there’s an ever-increasing interest in reading, with many QAGOMA Members making the most of the monthly Book Club program. We may be living in an age of technology overload, surrounded by blogs, tweets, and social media posts, but 2012 also happens to be the national year of reading and all around us…