Highlight: Zhou Tao ‘Blue and Red’

Recently acquired for the Collection, this video work demonstrates APT8 artist Zhou Tao’s use of editing techniques to combine two separate spaces into a new, meaningful ‘third’ space. Based in Guangzhou, in China’s highly urbanised Pearl River Delta, Zhou Tao is part of a generation of Chinese artists born after the Cultural Revolution (1966–76) that…

APT8 Highlight: Shigeyuki Kihara

Acquired for the Collection with the generous assistance of Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson, this intriguing series of photographs by Shigeyuki Kihara responds to the images of Samoa taken by Alfred Burton, who visited the Pacific in the 1880s, and looks to redress stereotypes of the Pacific perpetuated in colonial photography. In the late nineteenth century, French artist…

Robert MacPherson: NATIONAL ART: A SIMPLISTIC VIEW ‘QUEENSLAND SERIES’

Robert MacPherson’s work is often positioned against the historically pervasive national traditions in Australian art of landscape painting and heroic narrative. His works evoking landscape and important figures are tinged with irony, and attempt to look beyond stereotype and jingoism. Yet still they suggest something specifically Australian – whether it is language, food or cultural…

Highlight: Parastou Forouhar

In the lead up to ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8) we look back to a work acquired during APT7 by Parastou Forouhar and share insights into the artist’s inspirations. Parastou Forouhar’s diverse artistic practice, which ranges across installation, photography and drawing, engages directly with her personal biography. Forouhar, who grew up in Iran,…

Highlight: Edwin Roseno ‘Green hypermarket’ series

In the lead up to ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8) we look back to a work acquired during APT7 by artist Edwin Roseno.  ‘Green hypermarket’ was a gift of the artist, the series a poignant reminder of economic and environmental tensions that are increasingly relevant today in countries of the Asia Pacific…

Highlight: Marvin Newman

The Gallery has nine colour photographs by North American photographer Marvin Newman — four prints from his series ‘Coney Island’ 1953, and a complete set of five prints from the ‘Wall Street’ series 1956. The photographs taken by New York photographer Marvin Newman in the 1950s that make up the series ‘Coney Island’ 1953 and…