Archive for August 21st, 2016

Weekly roundup 21 August 2016

It’s late in the day and our internet connection is being flaky, so a minimal update.

Lecture: Peter Kohane Rooms for art: Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum and Paul Mellon Centre for British Art (part of the AGNSW Collectors & Collections series).

An excellent lecture. Kohane gave us a base line and context with Mies van der Rohe’s New National Gallery in Berlin. He then took us through a series of buildings by Kahn, including the First Unitarian Church of Rochester as well as galleries, showing us what Kahn was doing, the questions he was addressing. Kohane’s discussion of the way light enters a building and is modulated by the structure, ideas of how a gallery can support the human activity of studying – viewing and discussing – art, was illuminating (tiny pun).

Basketry: The new base is a work in progress.

Reading:
Paul Schimmel and Jenni Sorkin (Eds) (2016) Revolution in the Making: Abstract sculpture by women 1947-2016 Hauser & Wirth Publishers. Actually this was looking and thinking. I’d already finished reading the essays. A great book, which I’m sure I’ll be referring to again and again.

Other bits of reading, but none blog-worthy at this point.

Exhibitions:
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes at AGNSW. Lots of fun, lots of people. I spent a fair proportion of my time crowd-watching, very conscious of the works which attracted my attention and those with a crowd around them. I’ve come home with a couple of artist name’s I want to research more before writing.

The Australian Aboriginal Collection at the Australian Museum. The first time I’ve visited this with a basketry focus. Some really beautiful work.

Workshop: Vivien Haley The Mono Printed Brushmark: Experimental printing techniques
A one day masterclass today. A separate report will follow in a day or two.


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