in Pursuit of Venus [infected] | An interview with Lisa Reihana

New Zealand-born artist Lisa Reihana’s in Pursuit of Venus [infected] is the subject of the Foundation’s 2015 Appeal. Gallery curator Ruth McDougall spoke to the artist about the work and the inspiration behind it. Ruth McDougall (RM)  You were a member of the influential 1990’s performance group Pacific Sisters. Performance, and particularly the performance of…

Lisa Reihana ‘in Pursuit of Venus [infected]’ 2015 | Foundation Appeal

Filling the intimate space of Gallery 6 of the Queensland Art Gallery, the compelling soundscape of the QAGOMA Foundation’s 2015 Appeal artwork beckons. Lisa Reihana’s in Pursuit of Venus [infected] 2015 heralds visitors into a dynamic space which re-examines the story of Pacific exploration and encounter. This new perspective excites the imagination, populating this history…

Ben Quilty’s view of Australia at war is a deeply human one

Every year, the QAGOMA Foundation Appeal seeks to add to the Gallery’s Collection a work that makes a compelling artistic proposition – one that somehow feels essential to us and might make others feel the same, in 2014, we are presenting a work by a leading contemporary Australian artist, Ben Quilty who is not yet…

An unspoken story: Ben Quilty’s ‘Sergeant P, after Afghanistan’

This extraordinary portrait, Sergeant P, after Afghanistan 2012 by Ben Quilty, one of Australia’s acclaimed contemporary artists, tells an often unspoken story of modern military conflict. In 2011, Archibald Prize-winning artist Quilty reached a serious turning-point in his career when he was offered a commission by the Australian War Memorial to fill the role of official…

2012 Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Appeal — it’s happening now!

Right now, the Queensland Art Gallery is showing 37 magnificent historical Aboriginal works that we are working to acquire through our 2012 Appeal. Can you help? These objects tell a uniquely Queensland story. When Europeans arrived, Queensland was home to many of the richest and most exciting Aboriginal cultures on the continent. Best known are the…