'21st Century: Art in the First Decade' is an exhibition, publication, blog and series of public programs at the Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art that explore the art of the past ten years. As an expanded platform for the exhibition, the '21st Century Blog' functions as a source book of reference material and contributions provided by artists, curators and writers. Read more



GoMA Talks: What makes up a 21st century city and are there any boundaries?

GoMA Talks is a series of panel discussions at the Gallery of Modern Art as part of the ’21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ exhibition. Each event engages with specific issues that have defined the first decade of the 21st Century with a range of panellists, including presenters from ABC Radio National and visiting guests from a range of fields and disciplines.

Watch the webcast from the second GoMA Talks presented on Thursday 4 March 2011.

GoMA TALKS Places | What makes up a 21st century city and are there any boundaries?
Hosted by Alan Saunders, By Design with panellists Lawrence English, Michael Keniger, Meg Mundell and Angela Ndalianis

The 21st century has seen the rise of the city in unprecedented ways. In 2008, the world’s population reached an extraordinary milestone, with more people across the world living in cities and towns than ever before. The 21st century has given rise to rapid expansion, ‘urban sprawl’, and the architectural innovations of cities such as Dubai, while others have confronted the task of rebuilding after major trauma. How is our notion of place affected by these and other issues growing out of the city in the 21st century?


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 …