These sleeves could be your life: Art and music

From enigmatic artworks to repurposed images, I’m sure many can testify to similar experiences of being introduced to visual artists and its many ‘genres’ via their record collection. In the second in the series — Sleevage: Collaborations between art and music — these musical conduits highlight the compact lessons in the history of art and…

Sleevage: Collaborations between art and music

Spanning many major art movements, the latest QAGOMA Library display — Sleevage: Collaborations between art and music — celebrates the unique and accessible art form of album sleeve art. Creating a unified package of complex and intuitive meanings, these rich and imaginative miniature canvases have provided visual artists with populist exposure, and musicians the intellectual…

Interview magazine: The Crystal Ball of Pop

Nicknamed ‘the Crystal Ball of Pop’ Interview magazine was established in October 1969, initially to review films. In his usual evasive and ironic fashion, Andy Warhol (1928–87) gave various accounts of the reason for the birth of Interview: it was to give his younger Factory friends ‘something to do’, or to contribute to his already active…

Mella Jaarsma asks: What does it feel like to live in another’s body?

A frog skin is one of the fascinating and surprising items collected by the QAGOMA Research Library, and can be found specifically in the file of Mella Jaarsma, the Netherlands-born artist living in Indonesia. The skin accompanies the preliminary sketches for her ‘The Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT3) proposal, Hi inlander 1999,…

Edit-a-thon: Women artists from the Collection

We caught up with some of the recent Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon participants to find out what inspired them to take part in this exciting and important initiative. The QAGOMA Research Library played host on International Women’s Day 2020 while at the same time across the globe people participated in the edit-a-thon aimed at addressing the…