Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Archibald, Wynne and Sir John Sulman prizes are all on show now at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Del Kathryn Barton won the Archibald (twice now) with her portrait of Hugo Weaving, and for the second time running Imants Tillers has taken out the Wynne Prize. It could be our fascination with libraries, but our favourite winner is After (books) by Victoria Reichelt (pictured) in the Sir John Sulman. We love its sense of the surreal.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
More from the Big Apple, this time a dance performance so energetic it had our hearts pumping just watching from sidelines. Elizabeth Streb heads STREB, a New York collective where extreme action rules supreme. We loved our trip to Williamsburg to see Forces at SLAM. Heading home inspired and with a definite spring in our step.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Simon Garfield may tackle topics as diverse as typography, maps and collecting, but his 2002 book Mauve has had us rapt. It's the story of a Victorian chemist, William Perkins, who in 1856 at just 18 synthetically created the colour mauve in his pursuit of a cure for malaria. While he failed to make quinine, his discovery not only turned the world of fashion upside down, but contributed to the discovery of DNA, chemotherapy for cancer and the development of drugs for HIV among other things. We'll be taking a fresh look at mauve, or 'morv' as they Victorians would say.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Gutai: Splendid Playground has just bounced into our all time ten of favourite exhibitions ever. On now in New York's Guggenheim, Gutai: Splendid Playground captures the spirit of Japan’s most avant-garde collective of the postwar era. The Gutai group were known for their experimentation and exploration of new art forms combining performance, painting, and interactive environments between 1954 and 1972. We were wowed.