The New Whitney Museum opens on the 1st May in New York City. I cannot wait to see this building inside and out and am so fortunate to be able to in six weeks. Another article on blouin artinfo 'The Whitney's Old Soul'. Also hoping to see MoMA's PS1, the New Museum on Bowery Street, a Kiki Smith stained glass window in a jewish synagogue (Eldridge Street) on the lower east side, graffiti art in the Bronx, the Bronx Museum and the Studio museum in Harlem, the DUMBO neighbourhood and the Brooklyn Museum (Basquiat exhibition), a Gustav Klimt painting in the Neue Galerie on the upper east side, a Friday night drawing session in the galleries of the Metropolitan, the Drawing Center in SoHo and the sculptures of the Rockerfeller (see if I can afford anything at Christie's auction house while I am there). I want to see the plays 'The Audience' and 'The Spoils'. I will be content just spending time at the School of Visual Art, NYC, but completely content taking in some of these other things. My eyes will be in heaven. There is something about writing the things you want down and waiting for it to happen. Too much to do possibly not enough time to do it all. My brother in-law and sister-in-law gave me the opportunity to go to New York last year....who would have thought I would get a second bite of the cherry. So grateful!
Karen Kaese had an opening for her exhibition tonight at Impress, Kedron. Her work was beautiful, and each piece had so many interesting elements it was impossible to walk past any piece without walking closer into it to see what combinations were there to create the play of line, shape, print, colour, collage and textures. Part of her extended family were there to perform dance from her PNG/Islander background in cultural dress. Wonderful. Open until the 26th April. I could not help but be reminded a little of the work of Wangechi Mutu when looking at Karen's work but which had a more local or neighbouring resonance.
The opening to Warren Palmer (downstairs) and Sally Duhig's (upstairs) exhibition opened yesterday afternoon at the Wooloongabba Art Gallery, 613 Stanley Street. Ian Smith (artist) has written an essay of Warren's life and work that could sum it up better than I ever could, having known each other since the 70s. I was definitely drawn to the sculptures/assemblages and will have to go back to get a better look. It was a shoulder to shoulder turn-out and luckily I snapped these pictures before the crowd arrived.
I met Ian Smith outside Palmer's exhibition. Through conversation he mentioned that he has some work of his in the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He also commented that he is known overseas but not in his own country. To be honest, I am not familiar with his work, then on looking through his accomplishments I wonder why. Is it my own lack of looking or should the established artists that are in our own backyard become part of the curriculum in our earlier understanding of art. Is it because he is of a different generation to me or that there is not a broader amount of published work (paper) and film documentary on our own artists. He has been a finalist in the Archibald prize several times and has also had his portrait painted for the Archibald prize. I am hoping he is known by a broader audience and it is just my own ignorance. Well I am now more knowledgeable about two more Queensland artists - Smith and Palmer.
Ian has an upcoming exhibition at the Heiser Gallery 90 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley 14 April - 9th May 2015. Human Image.
I have not long found out I am one of eleven students heading to New York from the 11-24th June after being awarded a Australian Government Department of Education's VET Outbound Mobility Grant towards the costs of travelling to Manhattan for an Art Study Tour. This includes four days at the School of Visual Arts, New York City with the remaining days exploring the magnificent art museums and galleries the city has on offer. Very excited and so grateful for the opportunity!
Tafe is also partnering with Global Education Skills Alliance (GESA) and Rotary International who will award the eleventh student a full scholarship to cover all costs.
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