Patricia Piccinini’s wonderland of weirdness

From 24 March 2018, GOMA will host its largest solo exhibition devoted to an Australian artist. Patricia Piccinini’s complex offspring, and some unusual new siblings, will come together for ‘Curious Affection’, comprising sculpture, photography, video, drawing and large-scale installations. Gabriella Coslovich recently met the artist, and several of her creations, at her Melbourne studio. Under…

The excitement of romance

With Cupid in mind, we look at two works from QAGOMA’s collection with romance as their underlying subject – at the Gallery we believe that love conquers all barriers – and that is the way it should be. Arthur Boyd: The lady and the unicorn portfolio Arthur Boyd’s etchings for The lady and the unicorn…

Vale: Ray Hughes

Dr Raymond (Ray) Robert Hughes (1946–2017) will be publicly remembered as one of Australia’s most flamboyant and passionate advocates for artists, particularly for those he spent most of his professional life representing as an art dealer. Privately, he was an inveterate traveller and bon vivant who developed an encyclopedic knowledge of art from his particular…

Arthur Boyd, Australia 1920-1999 / The lady and the unicorn (portfolio) 1975

The Lady and the Unicorn, a story of love and betrayal

The series The Lady and the Unicorn 1975 are powerful and dreamlike etchings by Arthur Boyd (1920–99) which reveal his mastery of the medium couched in a story of love and betrayal. Boyd is celebrated for his paintings, but he is also recognised as a significant and innovative printmaker. Some of his best series were…

Bernard Hall, Lady with sponge 1922

Dreamlike and evocative is the Lady with sponge

Lady with sponge is a striking, intriguing work by artist Bernard Hall whose skill as an artist was often overshadowed by his other significant achievements. Lindsay Bernard Hall (1859–1935) was an artist, teacher and director of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne from 1892 to 1933. Hall is noted for his interiors and still…