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…

Loma Lautour: A rebellious spirit

Known for her versatility as an artist, her work ethic and her unconventional lifestyle, Loma Lautour is an eccentric and engaging personality in Australian art history. Living a bohemian existence in Sydney’s artist community during the 1920s and 30s, she established herself as a talented sculptor, jeweller, modeller, printmaker and craft-worker. Loma Kyle Turnbull was…

Art of giving: Library collections

Special collections in your art library are important to the development and maintenance of our cultural heritage. The QAGOMA Research Library’s special collections are a treasure-trove of unique and rare items that can inspire and enrich, support scholarship and engage artists, visitors, researchers and students. Collecting these items is often only possible through a creative…