The story of tow row

The story of Judy Watson’s tow row transcends its physical form and speaks of cultural retrieval and community activation. This stunning work, generously funded by the Queensland Government, the Neilson Foundation, Cathryn Mittelheuser, AM, and others, is a fitting acknowledgment of the ancestor spirit of Kurilpa. Public art has the power to change the cultural landscape…

2012: GOMA turns 10 countdown

In 2012 the Gallery showcased major new acquisitions installed throughout the ground floor of GOMA. ‘Sculpture is Everything’ (18 August – 28 October 2012) explored the extraordinarily diverse and surprising field of contemporary sculpture — from found objects to kinetic structures, from monuments to installation and land art, from pop assemblages to ritual objects. Form,…

Ah Xian: Naturephysica

To coincide with ‘A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift’, Chinese‑born Australia artist Ah Xian has worked with the Children’s Art Centre on an interactive project based on his ‘Metaphysica’ series of sculptures, which entered the Collection through Mr Fairfax’s generous support. The exhibition includes a multimedia activity and a drawing activity inspired by the…

Gimhongsok’s Canine Construction

Recently acquired for the Collection, Canine Construction 2009 by South Korean artist Gimhongsok is both likeable and enigmatic. The sculpture features in ‘The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT7) which closes Sunday 14 April. Gimhongsok’s work is characterised by a deadpan humour. His references to art history and contemporary culture collide with political…

Highlight: Huang Yong Ping ‘Ressort’

Through the generous support of Tim Fairfax, AM, the Gallery has recently commissioned and acquired one of the signature works of APT7, Ressort 2012, a sculpture by the Chinese–French artist Huang Yong Ping. A gigantic aluminium snake skeleton that spirals 53 metres across the Watermall, Ressort 2012 is a fitting centrepiece for APT7. This is not…

Twentieth anniversary of APT: Michel Tuffery’s raging bull

Michel Tuffery and Patrice Kaikilekofe’s artist performance Povi tau vaga (The challenge) 1999 Night falls. Under the cloak of darkness there descends a circular wall of rhythmic drumming, drawing audiences to a cleared patch of ground on which an event will take place. In this space, male and female dancers from the islands of Wallis and…