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Trevor Paglen | The Fence (Lake Kickapoo, Texas) 2010 | Type C-print, 50 x 40 inches | Image courtesy: The artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco

THE FENCE by Tom Vanderbilt

In Lisbon, high on one of the city’s hills, towards the rear of the sprawling Miguel Bombada Hospital complex, there exists a small museum, housed in the former Pavilhão de Segurança (Security Pavilion). What makes the obscure museum noteworthy is …


Guy Tillim | Court records, Lubumbashi, DR Congo 2007 from ‘Avenue Patrice Lumumba’ series 2008 | Inkjet print (Epsom Ultracrhome HDR ink) on Hahnemühle photo rag 300 gsm paper | 91.5 x 131.5cm, Ed. 1/9 | Purchased 2010 with funds from the Bequest of Grace Davies and Nell Davies through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

21st CENTURY AT LAST by Mark Fisher

The 21st century took a long time to get going. The first seven years of the new century felt like a continuation of the dog days of the last century, an intensification of all the late 20th century’s intertia and …


Marc Quinn | Portraits of landscapes 01 2007 | Pigment print on 330gsm Somerset Velvet Enhanced paper | Purchased 2008 with funds raised through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Appeal

VIVA LAS C21st VEGAS by Angela Ndalianis

Hmmm. Where to begin? In his foreword for the ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ exhibition catalogue, Gallery of Modern Art Director Tony Ellwood explains that “the project as a whole acknowledges our recognition that, in the 21st Century, …


Nigel Cooke | To work is to play (detail) 2008 | Oil on canvas | Purchased 2008 with funds from the Estate of Lawrence F King in memory of the late Mr and Mrs SW King through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

TO WORK IS TO PLAY by Nigel Cooke

As we know, the history of art is as much a story of groups, cliques and societies as it is of individual achievements. Many of these groups have shaped the way we understand whole eras of art, by harnessing the …

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Fiona Hall | Tender (detail) 2003-06 | US dollars, wire and vitrines | 86 nests, approx., ranging from 5 x 10cm (diam.) to 108 x 17 x 13cm; two vitrines (each comprised of three parts): 220 x 360 x 150cm (each); 220 x 360 x500cm (installed, variable) | Purchased 2006. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery


I have an urge to write about cultures of ‘extraction’. It probably has to do with the rise and rise of Australia as a Mining Nation. For what is a mining nation if not a nation grounded in an economy …