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AI Weiwei; Painted vases

The vast majority of China's surviving Neolithic earthenware comprises funerary urns and grave goods: their long interment accounting for their remarkable state of preservation. Decorated earthenware…

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"Robin Rhode, Promenade, 2008

Born in Cape Town, Robin Rhode was raised in Johannesburg where he also attended art school and held his first exhibitions. His practice emerged in response to the physical and psychological…

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2019.170a-c; BENNETT, Gordon; "Bloodlines"

In his lifetime, Gordon Bennett was widely regarded as one of Queensland’s, and indeed one of Australia’s, most perceptive and inventive contemporary artists. After exhibitions at Brisbane’s Bellas…

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AH KEE, Vernon

A magnificent group of three large-scale drawings on canvas by Vernon Ah Kee continue his examination and re-presentation of family portraits. The three drawings from 2008 depict important women from…

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AH XIAN; Human human - landscape carved lacquer bust no.5

In Human human - landscape carved lacquer bust 5, the surface design appears to overtake the form of the bust, reminiscent of peeled flesh exposing the tissue beneath. The slumbering face has released…

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AI Weiwei; Feet

It has often been observed that Ai Weiwei's absurdist constructions reflect a Dadaist sensibility. Certainly a wry Duchampian wit pervades his practice but many of the materials employed are anything…

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ALDER, Anthony; Heron's home

Art history is a process of continually rediscovering the past and reinterpreting it for contemporary audiences. Anthony Alder (1838-1915) is a significant Queensland colonial artist who has recently…

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ALI, Khadim; Untitled (from 'Rustam-e-pardar (Rustam with wings...

Khadim Ali's ‘Rustam-e-pardar (Rustam with wings)’ series explores the practice of storytelling and the relationships between myth and memory. In the series, Ali refers to the Taliban's controversial…

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Amata painters

Amata community is located in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) landsin north-western South Australia. In the 1970s, Amata women were encouraged to learn batik, natural dyeing, spinning,…

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ANDREW, Brook; The Island V

Brook Andrew, a younger generation urban Aboriginal artist based in Sydney, is from the Wiradjuri language group, whose traditional lands encompass a large part of central and southern New South…

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ANDREW, Brook; TIME I

Brook Andrew is a leading Australian contemporary artist who over the past 20 years has developed an interdisciplinary practice that encompasses photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound and…

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Anthony van Dyck, Marchese Filippo Spinola (Filippo Spinola, Second Marquis of Los Balbases), c.1622–27

While the Catholic Church remained the dominant authority during the Baroque period in Europe, from the late sixteenth century to the early eighteenth century, power and privilege also distinctly…

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ARTLINES: 'Abdullah's Someone else's king and someone else's country'

Donated to the Collection in 2020 by an anonymous donor, this work by Perth-born artist Abdul Abdullah deftly shows how international affairs can have a personal and emotional impact, writes Ellie…

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ARTLINES: 'Bento's Na Kalaunu Me Na Káhili'

Na Kalaunu Me Na Káhili, originally stitched in red and white, references a popular nineteenth century design and represents a merging of European and Hawai’ian symbols of power and leadership, writes…

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ARTLINES: 'Bilum: A cultural icon'

The bilum is a cultural icon, intricately knitted into the social, economical and cultural fabric of Papua New Guinea. Bilum is the name given to the handmade string bag, made almost entirely by…

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ARTLINES: 'Boyd's Persecuted lovers'

This gift to the Gallery by Paul, Sue and Kate Taylor highlights Arthur Boyd’s artistic process and his approach to the complex ‘Brides’ series. The preliminary study represents one of the most…

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ARTLINES: 'Breitz's King (a portrait of Michael Jackson)'

Candice Breitz's work was first seen in Australia when her video portraits of Annie Lennox and Whitney Houston were exhibited in 'Video Hits: Art & Music Video' at the Queensland Art Gallery in…

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ARTLINES: 'Chim-Pom and Meiro Koizumi'

As registered in Tadasu Takamine’s spellbinding installation Fukushima Esperanto 2012 at APT7, the world of art has not been immune to the effects of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the…

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ARTLINES: 'Creating and collecting art for kids'

Over the last 15 years of the Gallery’s programming, a unique focus on collaborations with contemporary artists has resulted in more than 70 interactive art works being commissioned especially for…

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ARTLINES: 'Enduring ideas and innovators of Asian art: A Collection focus'

Drawn from the Collection’s historical, modern and contemporary Asian holdings, a new display in QAG’s Gallery 6 [2015] represents some of the key ideas in the art history of Asia, writes Tarun…

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ARTLINES: 'Gole's Water storage pot – man's face'

Two exquisite examples of hand-sculpted Papua New Guinean pottery ahve recently been purchased for the Collectoin. Here, Ruth McDougall provides some insights into these works by pioneering artist…

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ARTLINES: 'Grace Cossington Smith’s modern world'

The Gallery celebrates the acquisition of a work that held special meaning for celebrated modernist Grace Cossington Smith, writes Samantha Littley. With broad brushstrokes, Deep water, Bobbin Head…

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ARTLINES: 'Hoppé's London Amusements'

The Gallery recently acquired two vintage gelatin silver photographic prints, Girl Sweeping 'Little Charwoman', London 1934 and London Amusements c.1935. Made by Emil Otto Hoppé (1878–1972), they…

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ARTLINES: 'Jewel Box and other treasures: a gift of Australian works of craft'

Ceramicist Jessie Gibson (1932–2021) was a fierce advocate for the promotion and understanding of craft artforms. Sally Stewart explores Gibson’s generous gift to the Gallery, comprising some 48…

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ARTLINES: 'Kusama's Flowers that bloom at midnight'

Flowers ‘connote life and death, celebration and mourning, masculinity and femininity’; they are organic, fragile, and unique — qualities that echo throughout Kusama’s practice, writes Reuben Keehan.…

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ARTLINES: 'Leiter's Phone call'

Three painterly prints by photographer Saul Leiter add strength to the Gallery's collection of modern photography, writes David Burnett.  

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ARTLINES: 'Mellor's pleasure and vexation'

A striking drawing in blue ink by Mackay-born Danie Mellor, newly acquired for the Collection, explores the artist’s Indigenous and Anglo-Australian heritage, and complicates the historical narratives…

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ARTLINES: 'My Collection favourite: CA Brown's Inkwell 1874'

Artlines invites QAGOMA Foundation members to share their thoughts on their favourite works in the Collection. Here, Timothy Roberts explores an extraordinary presentation piece produced by one of…

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ARTLINES: 'Ngallametta's Wutan #2'

One of the key works in QAGOMA's permanent Indigenous Australian art gallery is a sprawling landscape, dominated by browns and bauxite red fields, cut by lines of stark white pigment. The work,…

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ARTLINES: 'Of Women: A new International Collection display'

The display at QAG explores the female figure throughout nearly 500 yeras of art history.1 The women in these works present different visions of femininity, and their costumes and pose denote wealth,…

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