Chris Saines outside Auckland Art Gallery (pre-development)
Chris Saines is the new director of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Saines has been the Director of Auckland Art Gallery since 1996 and oversaw its recent redevelopment. He replaces QAG/GOMA’s former Director Tony Elwood, who became Director of the NGV here in Melbourne in August. Saines will replace Acting QAG/GOMA Director Suhanya Raffel at the end of April.
New Warhol Museum Curator Nicholas Chambers
Australian curator and art historian Nicholas Chambers has been appointed the new Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. He takes over from Eric Shiner who vacated the position when he became Warhol Museum Director last July.
Chambers is currently Curator of Contemporary International Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where he was one of the chief curators of Warhol’s first Australian retrospective in 2007. His appointment comes at a time of change for QAG. Not only is Chambers departing for the States next month, current QAG Director Tony Ellwood leaves for his new position as Director of the NGV on August 1st. Both are yet to be replaced.
New NGV Director Tony Elwood
The National Gallery of Victoria’s worst kept secret was confirmed today following the announcement that Tony Elwood will be taking over from Gerard Vaughan as the new Director of the institution. Elwood’s no stranger to the NGV, having worked there as Assistant Director before taking up his current position as Director of the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Elwood starts his new role on August 1st. His replacement in Brisbane is yet to be found.
Radio QAG playlist compiled by Scott Redford
Is it wrong to be so excited about a trip to the loo? Leg of Lamb spent the weekend in Brissie and was pleasantly surprised by an aural experience in Queensland Art Gallery’s bathroom (of all places!). Instead of piping out your average muzac, the WC has its own customised playlist care of Queensland artist Scott Redford, who created it to coincide with his current exhibition, Introducing Reinhardt Dammn. Redford has selected songs by Roxy Music, The Eagles, and Mott the Hoople – it’s a party in there! And an excellent way to animate what is usually such a banal space. (The show’s worth a visit too).
Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art reopened their doors today following prolonged closures due to the recent flooding in Queensland. This means GoMA’s summer exhibition 21st Century (which showcases works acquired within the last decade) is back up and running. The collection-based blockbuster contains over 140 artists, including Fiona Hall, who discussed her work as part of the gallery’s public programme (above).
Flooding last week outside the State Library and GOMA, Brisbane
Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art have emerged relatively unscathed from Brisbane’s recent floods (said to be the worst in 118 years). While there was flooding in front of house areas and in the children’s centre, no artworks were damaged – a number were relocated to higher levels as a preventative measure. Despite this, both galleries remain closed until further notice.
Yvonne Todd, 'Limpet', 2005
Unnerved, a touring exhibition from Queensland Art Gallery opened at the NGV last night. The collection-based show features work by contemporary New Zealand artists, some of whom are giving floor talks at the NGV tomorrow. Kiwi Accents runs from 10:30am until 5pm and features speakers Yvonne Todd, Gavin Hipkins, Nathan Pohio, Lisa Reihana, Ann Noble and John Pule (who plans on reading Keats aloud for 20 minutes!).
Work by Yvonne Todd is included in Unnerved: The New Zealand Project, a largely collection-based exhibition of New Zealand artists at Queensland Art Gallery that runs until July 4. You can watch the rest of Yvonne Todd’s interview with IMA Director Robert Leonard on Queensland Art Gallery’s YouTube channel here.
Rohan Wealleans, photographed in his home by Sam Hartnett in September 2009
Leg of Lamb loves kiwi artist Rohan Wealleans. From his Waikato Contemporary Art Award-winning flayed paint ‘vaginas’ to his B-grade inspired Horrorgamis and delicate millefiori style paint-chip arrangements, the artist’s vivid imagination delights… but sometimes offends.
A bout of illness meant that Wealleans was unable to perform a paint ritual at this year’s Asia Pacific Triennial at the Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, so the artist sent his twin brother, Shane, instead. Decked out in a formal Polynesian suit, Shane’s improvised performance incorporated bastardized haka moves, attempts at Te Reo and a series of clicks that remotely resembled the dialect of the South African Xhosa tribe. Needless to say, it’s difficult to watch.
In the latest issue of Art and Australia curator Emma Bugden described Wealleans as “a white man whose work behaves badly in a climate of correction, and in doing so makes us think about the question of permission”. This show of cobbled indigeneity, while in keeping with the artist’s penchant for fictionalised characters (and even worlds), pushes appropriation to the limit.
The Asia Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, runs until April 5, 2010.