What’s so special about being young, anyway?

Hahan’s painting Letters to the Great Saatchi confronts us with a mound of art-world caricatures. An unsightly pile of collectors, curators and critics desperately clamber over one another, their eyes scored and blinded with ambition. Spray-paint vomit and slime ooze forth from the human mountain. Yet one figure has clambered to the top, waving a…

How did we install Patricia Piccinini’s inflatable ‘Pneutopia’?

Patricia Piccinini loves the way an exhibition can change the space it occupies, that a gallery can be transformed by the work it contains. By introducing Pneutopia 2018, a giant inflatable blooming from the roof of a garden shed, she has completely disrupted the sight lines of the Gallery of Modern Art’s (GOMA) long gallery during…

Tony Albert invites you to his new exhibition ‘Visible’

Contemporary Australian artist Tony Albert is back in Brisbane and invites you to his new exhibition which opens at the Queensland Art Gallery on Saturday 2 June. ‘Visible’ not only showcases major works from the last 15 years, it also includes new work not previously exhibited. Invisible is my favourite colour The title of the exhibition…

Quiet: Contemplating the Collection

Imagine it is quiet, the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) is not yet open and you are walking slowly through the distinctive spaces of the reimagined Australian Collection. An artwork grabs your attention, maybe it is Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s vibrant Utopia panels 1996 or the rhythmic, gridded and evenly spaced boards of Rosalie Gascoigne’s Overland 1996.…

‘We Can Be Heroes’ explores how we can empower ourselves

Tony Albert, one of the most exciting young Indigenous Australian artists working today, presents his interactive exhibition ‘We Can Be Heroes’ at the Children’s Art Centre, GOMA. Starring the children of Warakurna – an Aboriginal community in Western Australia, near the border shared with the Northern Territory – he explores how we can empower ourselves by…

The full-bodied vessels of the Hermannsburg Potters document their culture

Ntaria, the former Lutheran Hermannsburg Mission, located about 130 kilometres west of Alice Springs, is now home to the Hermannsburg Potters. The Arrernte people from this area – inspired by the example of their forebear, Albert Namatjira – are famous for their watercolours of the desert interior of Australia. When the Arrernte community took responsibility…