Tag : England
Monday, February 21st, 2011Share
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 …
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011Share
Isaac Julien is one of the most celebrated artist–filmmakers working with multi-channel video installations. He has developed a singular practice concerned with the transposition of film to spatialised installation and uses expert filmmaking and projection technologies to create new vocabularies for experiencing the moving image. In December 2010, Julien spoke with José Da Silva, Senior Curator, Australian Cinémathèque about his major installation WESTERN UNION: Small Boats 2007 featured in the ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ exhibition. WESTERN UNION: Small Boats is the final work in a trilogy exploring themes of physical and spiritual expeditions that began with True North 2004 and Fantôme Afrique 2005. In each of these works, Julien utilises dual narratives and multiple perspectives across an arrangement of screens to chart the movement of bodies from one place to another, reflecting geographic and environmental journeys that are connected with the experiences of migration in a contemporary world.
Thursday, January 6th, 2011Share
In India, the bindi is traditionally a symbolic mark of pigment applied to the forehead. Today it has become a fashionable and decorative accessory available in many colours and designs, and is used by Indian artist Bharti Kher in some of her art works. Children can wear one of the artist’s specially designed bindis and everyone will know they’ve been to ’21st Century Kids’.
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010Share
Mitra Tabrizian’s large-format photographs combine techniques from documentary photography and highly stylised mise en scene to capture her subjects and settings with meticulous attention to detail and lighting. In City, London 2008, Tabrizian invited the senior staff of JP Morgan …
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010Share
Chris Ofili’s paintings, watercolours, and assemblages came to broad attention in the 1990s and he has continued to paint and sculpt works that reflect on black culture and its portrayal. Early works featured characters from B-grade ‘blaxploitation’ films and funk, …