I had some time out of the studio yesterday with a trip into the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. I avoided the block buster Matisse show this time, but was not disappointed with several interesting collections on show.
Currently at GOMA until 19th February 2012, is Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James C Sourris AM Collection. In recent years, Brisbane benefactor James C Sourris, AM, has been gathering an extensive collection of contemporary Australian art, focusing on the first decade of the twenty-first century and paying particular attention to Queensland artists.
There are many stunning works in the exhibition, with some signature paintings on canvas by Judy Watson; skillful portraits on a grand scale by Vernon Ah Kee, and intriguing layered paintings by Madeleine Kelly, to name just a few. I also was delighted to see another painting by Rosslynd Piggott (who I mentioned in a previous post) from her unfolding flower - cloudscape series.
A multi-media exhibition at GOMA, The Hand, the Eye, and the Heart, was interesting to view, with some videos really holding my attention. One in particular investigated commemorative rituals, superstitions and beliefs we hold in various cultures, it was thought provoking, like many of the works in this show.
There were some new acquisitions on show at QAG and a large multi panel work by Guan Wei that caught my eye. Of course there were many other works I enjoyed on my wander around the galleries, all making for a refreshing and inspiring day of viewing.