Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Finding joy in small things

Grace Cossington Smith’s artworks are a reminder that joy is all around us. In her hands, an array of objects, the fold of a tablecloth or light falling through stained glass inspire delight and open windows onto her world. In this time of social distancing and self-isolation, it can be challenging to resist the feeling…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Artists I would isolate with…

All this time recently stuck indoors has had me thinking about artists along the lines of the ‘ultimate dinner party’ game where you dream up a list of people from throughout history that you would invite to a magnificent meal. Which artists, I have been wondering, would be most fun to bunker down with to…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Another troubled moment in history

In this time of disruption and distress I am reminded of three Australian artists who worked through their complex feelings and articulated their anguish in these memorable works of art. James Gleeson (1915-2008), Peter Purves Smith (1912-49) and Albert Tucker (1914-99) completed the following paintings between 1938 and 1946 using surrealist methods and approaches to…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: The Nature of Things

One of the positive side-effects of social distancing and isolation has been the encouraging stories of reduced pollution world-wide, and scientists reporting that with the right measures global warming could be reversed in 30 years. I also love seeing all the stories about animals roaming the city streets, from goats in Wales, to wild boars…