“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones.
Cindy Sherman (b.1954) is widely recognised as the most significant and influential artist to have emerged from the ‘Pictures’ generation in New York in the late 1970s. In association with QAGOMA’s presentation of the first exhibition of Sherman’s large-scale photographs made since 2000 to be seen in Australia, this exhibition publication showcases these series — ‘headshots’ (2000–02), ‘clowns’ (2003–04), ‘society portraits’ (2008) and ‘murals’ (2010), as well as two series made in association with fashion houses Balenciaga (2007–08) and Chanel (2010–12) — as well as never-before-seen new works.
The publication features more than 50 of Sherman’s works and includes essays by Miranda Wallace (Senior Curator, International Exhibition Projects, National Gallery of Victoria), Robert Leonard (Chief Curator, City Gallery Wellington), Ellie Buttrose (Associate Curator, International Contemporary Art, QAGOMA), as well as a highly personal piece on the artist by author, novelist and painter Betsy Berne, a close friend.
This beautifully illustrated publication features some 50 works drawn from public and private collections in an exhibition surveying the life and work of the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924–2015), the distinguished senior Kaiadilt woman artist from Bentinck Island in the Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria. Dulka Warngiid also features essays by Bruce McLean (Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, QAGOMA) and Judith Ryan (Senior Curator of Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria). One of Australia’s most extraordinary practitioners, Gabori was incredibly prolific over her short career. Her indefatigable zeal to communicate her stories, knowledge, and experiences accumulated over an incredible life — spanning over 90 years from traditional life to the coming of the Australian frontier to contemporary globalised Australia — won her great admiration and has left an astonishing cultural legacy.
‘Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid – Land of All’ is at QAG until 28 August 2016.
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‘Time of others’ is collaboration between four of the Asia Pacific’s leading museums for contemporary art, bringing together the work of 25 artists from across the region to explore multiple cultural and historical perspectives. The accompanying catalogue is beautifully designed by Kimura Toshimasa and features profiles of each of the artists involved as the project evolves across the four venues. These are contextualised in major essays that draw out the complex historical and aesthetic threads of the exhibition, while profiling the role of museums in platforming and sustaining cultural practices in the region.