Action Hong Kong Style

Hong Kong action cinema has undergone multiple revolutions and produced some of the world’s most famous stars and directors, including Bruce Lee, John Woo and Jackie Chan. Here, Sam Ho discusses the history behind this phenomenally popular film genre, which is the subject of a major retrospective at the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque.  ‘Action, Hong Kong…

Last days: Quilts 1700-1945

Quilts stimulate memories of warmth, comfort and security. They are familiar objects, yet carry a range of hidden histories and untold stories about textiles, women’s creativity and individual families. British quilts were often intended for display as much as for use in the bedroom. Whether exchanged as commodities, made in professional workshops or created in…

Wartime quilts share the spirit of modern day fashion recycling

Carla Binotto and Carla van Lunn, designers from Brisbane’s Maison Briz Vegas talked about their 100% recycled French rubbish – transforming secondhand clothing into designer fashion through craft at a recent Quilts Sunday Stitch-Ups public program. ‘Quilts 1700–1945′ is on display at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) until 22 September. If you have visited the ‘Quilts 1700-1945′…

My country: This land is mine / This land is me

‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ examines strengths within the Queensland Art Gallery collection of Indigenous art and recognises three main central themes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander versions of history; responses to contemporary politics and experiences; and connections to place. These themes are expressed in the three main…

My Country: This land is mine / This land is me

The opening two verses of this epic song about Australian life, by Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly, provide an insightful glimpse into a critical dichotomy in Australian history and society — a dichotomy that is at the heart of the 2013 exhibition ‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’. This…

Edgar Degas captures the character of the modern age

Two lithographs after Edgar Degas (1834–1917) introduce two themes of interest to the great French impressionist. Images of horse racing were a primary focus for Edgar Degas throughout his career. The spectacle of the race itself was a relatively modern phenomenon in France in the mid to late 1800s. The Hippodrome de Longchamp in the…