Myer Inquiry: first the good news
The Federal budget speech (normally not compulsive viewing for artists) was never so closely watched by so many artists as it was on 13 May this year. The question was: would the Myer Inquiry recommendations get up? (see Artrave V23#1 March) Rupert Myer had asked that $15m extra per annum be allocated from Federal and State govts jointly to the visual arts/craft sector, starved for a decade. Not surprisingly the Treasurer's response did not make the speech, but it did appear in the budget document, albeit in a distinctly trimmed down and stretched out version. $19.5m has been allocated, but over 4 years, some of which is contingent on matching funds from the States. In a budget which offered little to the society at large the visual arts have to take this offer as a sign that the government recognises starvation has serious consequences, which are often irreversible. At least some of the recommended changes to legislation involving Indigenous moral rights issues, resale royalties, and an income tax reform which will lift the $40,000 cap on artists' earnings in relation to art-related deductions are expected to get up; NAVA is keeping up the pressure on government to find acceptable solutions to these complex issues and it is important for all in the sector to stay informed and active while these issues are on the radar.
As we go to press, the WA, NSW and Victorian governments have so far pledged to match Federal funds. Ministers and officials will meet during June to discuss how to structure the financial support.
In other positive budget results for visual artists, capital works of $3.5 billion were announced in WA. This will translate into a substantial number of public art projects via the WA State Percent For Art program, where 1% of the construction budget of selected buildings is allocated to artists' commissions. In Victoria an impressive program of major commissions has been promised, a good means of putting money directly into the pockets of artists.
Shrines to culture
Yet another architectural wonder to add to the art pilgrim's international itinerary. The well known Dia Art Foundation in New York has opened a new museum Dia:Beacon on the eastern bank of the Hudson River in the city of Beacon approx 100 km north of Manhattan, to house its large collection of mainly white male American art from the early 60s to the present. There are 24 galleries and each artist will have a gallery which has been modified to suit the work. A former printing plant, the massive buildings and train shed built in 1929 were donated by International Paper and revamped by architects OpenOffice and the artist Robert Irwin, with the help of seriously big donations by the chair of Dia's board, to create 240,000 sq ft of gallery space and elaborate landscaping.
A new weekly TV show on the visual arts will be broadcast from mid May 2003 via the burgeoning network of community channels in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, anticipating total audience numbers of approximately 100,000. Public Hangings will review exhibitions from a wide variety of galleries from these cities, ranging from small artist run galleries to national museums, showcasing a full range of contemporary art practice. A section called Screen Talk features the work of screen based artists working with video, computer and other digital technologies. Brainchild of Andrew McKenzie, a UK based critic and TV producer, the show was test-run for 27 weeks on Melbourne's channel 31 last year and has returned with funding from the Australia Council. More info: email@example.com
" The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney continues to offer free admission to the public thanks to a renewal of its Telstra sponsorship. It is now working more closely with Telstra to find common ground with a chat line direct to international artists. Through Telstra Bigpond, anyone with access to the internet can chat with artists such as Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone (26 June, 9-10pm) and German photographer and film-maker Wim Wenders (2 July, 6-7pm). MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor will also participate in an online discussion from the 2003 Venice Biennale (12 June, 8-9pm). The MCA/Telstra online chat page can be found at: http://bigpond.com/chat/events/default.asp The MCA has also become part of Telstra's Entertainment and Arts Broadband streaming content. This site currently features an interview with Californian multimedia artist, Doug Aitken, an excerpt from his video installation New Ocean (Cycle), and information about the MCA's Liquid Sea exhibition. http://telstra.com/multimediaguide/html/subsection/entertainment/museum.asp The MCA/Telstra partnership was formed in March 2000. Since the introduction of free admission visitor numbers to Museum exhibitions have increased by over 150 per cent.
Young people (aged 25 and under) are invited to submit their work for the noise festival which happens across the media - in print, on television, on the radio and online – showcasing creative young people and their work. noise aims to reach every postcode in urban, rural and remote Australia to encourage visual artists, designers, performers, writers, radio producers, filmmakers, digital artists and musicians to use the media as their canvas, by submitting their creative work for potential inclusion in the festival which happens in October 2003. The festival will feature 11 projects: artist profiles, pictures, words, music, design, moving pictures, e-works, DJ, spoken words, remix and zines, comics and blogs (personal web-logs). Deadlines for the program Vectors: digital art, 15 June 03; for Digital Allsorts 16 June 03; and for Sonic Allsorts 1 July 03. Details at www.noise.org.au.
" The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize is a bi-annual event conducted by the Bendigo Art Gallery, cash prize $5000 non acquisitive, judget Zara Stanhope, deadline for entries 1 August firstname.lastname@example.org for an entry form.
" WEB3DART 2003 is the official art show for the 8th International Conference on 3D Web Technology which was held recently in France, the holy grail for 3D creators and aficionados of the virtual 3D online environment. www.web3dart.org. 25 online projects have been selected by an international jury (UK, France, Japan) and includes Empyrean by Australia's Melinda Rackham. The Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide is a local contact point for this community of creativity. A Web3D Workshop is being held at the EAF in July and applications are being received now – email them on email@example.com phone (08) 8211 7505 for details.
" Get your one-page proposal in for the Platform and Platform 2 2004 temporary public art program in Melbourne by 31 August together with a CV and 6 images. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.platform.org.au
" Midsumma 04 festival in Melbourne is seeking expressions of interest from queer professional artists who are interested in exhibiting in the festival's January 2004 visual arts program. Deadline: Monday June 30th. www.midsumma.org.au for details on what to submit.
EXHIBITIONS TO WATCH
" 20th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award: $40,000 first prize makes it the highest of any art award and four additional categories carry prize money of $4,000 each. Museum & Art Gallery of the NT, 16 August - 7 December 2003
" Betsy Lewis and Judy Watson, painters from Warlukurlangu Arts at Yuendumu, are showing work at Raft artspace, Darwin, 30 June – 5 July.
" Ned Kelly the famous series of 26 paintings (1946 – 47) by Sidney Nolan, is touring in Out and About celebrating the National Gallery of Australia's 20th anniversary in which some of Australia's most famous works are on the move. The paintings, which were intended to be meditations on universal themes rather than 'authentic' depiction of history, follow the main sequence of the Kelly Gang story, ending with the trial. Araluen Centre, Alice Springs to 13 July 2003. Free to local people.
" Construction Drawings 02: 2003 is a site-specific work on North Terrace Adelaide by Johnny Dady. Comprising 30 tonnes of painted scaffold, it mirrors the façade and interior of the Art Gallery of South Australia through a '3D drawing' using the autoCAD process. It was assembled by a team of workers at the entrance to the Gallery and will remain there for 6 weeks to 25 June. http://www.artgallery.sa.gov.au/content-exhibitions.html
" Journey to Now: John Kaldor Art Projects & Collection, one man's view of 20th Century international art, 18 April - 6 July
" Australian Surrealism: The Agapitos / Wilson Collection works not seen before from this private collection, comprising 86 paintings by major works by artists such as Max Dupain, Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd, John Perceval, Robert Klippel, Ivor Francis, Loudon Sainthill, Peter Purves Smith, Donald Friend, Dusan Marek and Jeffrey Smart will tour nationally: Art Gallery of South Australia, 25 July - 12 October 2003, Museum of Modern Art at Heide from 14 February 2004, SH Ervin Gallery from 19 June, 2004.
" Common Threads curated by Joanne Fife shows the work of over 20 textile artists from the south east of SA and W. Victoria including quilting, weaving, embroidery, felting, Riddoch Gallery 1 August – 8 September.
New South Wales
" Tracing the Echo is an exhibition of books and folios 1978-2001 by Dianne Longley produced by Flinders University Art Museum in Adelaide, tracing the artist's 22 year journey of investigation into the craft of the art print using traditional techniques, the making of artists' books and, more recently, the world of new technologies. A satellite event of the Sydney Art on Paper Fair, 1 – 31 August, Manly Art Gallery and Museum info: 02 9949 1776
CAPTION Dianne Longley Contingent Ambiguity(detail) folio polymergravure and intaglio chine collé prints, letterpress text 2001 photo: Grant Hancock.
" Hazelhurst Art Award aims to promote excellence and innovation in the field of Art on Paper through a major prize of $10,000 with minor prizes of $2,000 and $1,000. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Art Centre, Gymea, 26 July - 24 August 2003
" The James Fairfax Collection comprises European Old Master painting, prints and drawings donated to the AGNSW and other public galleries over four decades plus his private collection, which has not been seen before, Art Gallery of NSW, 25 April - 20 July.
" Siglas de Pescadores Signs of Fishermen looks at a 'sign language' based on pictorial representation that the people of a Portuguese fishing village developed hundreds of years ago to identify themselves and protect their possessions. It is the basis of a museum exhibition from Portugal showing the system of personal signs on boats, rudders, helms, oars, fishing nets, floats, harpoons, fishing needles and baskets as well as shoes, clothes, hats and fishing knives. Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, 6 June – 30 November 2003.
" Staring in the Dark is a challenging possibly R-rated collection of video, photography and photo-textiles by Linda Erceg, Thomas Jordan & Rod McCrae, Mimi Kelly & Clint Woodger, Scott Redford, David Rosetzky, Paul M. Smith and Cee Sperét appropriating the modes and formulae of the porn industry, which has a turnover in the USA three times that of Hollywood. Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney to 20 July. Panel discussion 'Can Art be Porn?' On Sat 12 July 1pm, free.
" Welcome to Sydney is a series of 17 panoramic colour photographs by Anne Zahalka recently acquired by the Museum of Sydney. They depict the city's multicultural identity through images of migrants new and old, in ways which challenge easy stereotypes. Each holds an object associated with the homeland but the locations reflect their new lives in Australia. 9 are on display at the Museum of Sydney now and the other 8 will appear later in the year.
" Unreal Rock is a raw look at the Seventies, through the memories, props and images of the time by Jacques L'Affrique (aka David Porter), psychedelic paintings of Vernon Treweeke, the Vinyl House and more weird stuff, man.. Penrith Regional Gallery & Lewers Bequest to 22 June.
" Susan Norrie: notes from underground comprises three major video installations, Err 1999, Thermostat 2001 and a major new work Passenger 2003. Curated by Rachel Kent, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 22 July - 12 October 2003.
" Love Song solo exhibition of paintings by David Keeling curated by William Nuttall surveying 20 years of his work, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart 14 Aug - 21 Sept 2003
" Drama is Conflict deals engagingly with the politics of now: race, sexuality, war etc; works by Catherine Bell, Damp, Megan Keating, Dominic Redfern, Christian Thompson and Ronnie van Hout, curated by Jan Duffy, Linden Gallery, St Kilda to 29 June. Conversation session with artists and curator 26 June 6 – 8pm.
IMAGE choose one
CAPTION: -Catherine Bell Hooked, video still, 2001
-Christian Thompson Emotional Striptease, pegasus print, 2003
" The Labyrinthine Effect is a group show of international and Australian artists relating to the labyrinth, cultural symbol of spirituality found in literature, architecture and design. Francis Alys (Belgium), Colin Duncan (Australia), Rodney Graham (Canada), Marie-Ange Gulliminot (France), Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas (Lithuania), Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (Russia), Bruce Nauman (USA), Anne Ooms (Australia), Joao Penalva (Portugal), John Pym (UK), and Danielle van Zuijlen (The Netherlands) curated by Juliana Engberg, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 23 May - July 20.
" Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF 2003) will screen in its new home, the Australia Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Sq using state of the art technology, complementing the fascinating range of work by artists and filmmakers, 24 – 29 June. www.miaf.net
" Depth of Field: the influence of photographic media on contemporary landscape painting challenges viewers to think about how artists use photography in the process of painting the landscape. Works by 14 established and emerging artists are juxtaposed with earlier works from the turn of the 19thC in which snapshots were used as source material. Curated by Karen Hall and Louise Tegart for Shepparton Art Gallery, showing at Monash University Museum of Art to 19 July.
DETAILS FOR IMAGES MUMA
Chris Bond Lost (Louis Buvelot) 2002 oil on linen, timber frame, glass 47.5 x 57.0 cm, Courtesy of the artist
Amanda Marburg Garden 2002, oil on linen 181.0 x 120.5 cm
" Capitol Hill Rooting King, works by Rhys Lee, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, to 29 June.
" Act XII: new works on paper, 12 artists including Raymond Arnold, Bernhard Sachs and Jazmina Cininas celebrating performance, art and paper, George Adams Gallery, Vic Arts Centre, Melbourne
" Phiction: Lies, Illusion and the Phantasm in Photography looks at photography of all kinds juxtaposed with literary texts asks the viewer: is this fact or fiction. Curated by James McArdle from the Horsham Gallery's photographic collection, Geelong Gallery, to 3 August.
" 2003 Geelong Print Prize, the fifth in the annual series is an acquisitive award and connects with the strength of the gallery's print collection. Geelong Gallery to 27 July.
Travellers' Art comprises 200 of the most compelling early Australian travel images ever made, depicting journeys as well as personal stories in four major journeys of 18th & 19th centuries by official exploration artists John Webber, William Ellis, William Westall as well as Augustus Earle and ST Gill who simply travelled in order to make art. Also works by other travel artists, diarists and explorers including William Hodges, Sydney Parkinson, Sophia Campbell, Ferdinand Bauer, Conrad Martens, Thomas Baines, John Skinner Prout and George French Angus plus examples of 19th and 20th century landscape and exploration photography. National Library of Australia 12 June - 21 September 2003.
PICS ALREADY SENT – ON CD?
" 4x4 is 4 local artists and 4 local curators, Vernon Ah Kee/ Michael Snelling, Annie Hogan/Ruth McDougall, Jewel McKenzie/David Broker, Kim Demuth/Julie Walsh,
Institute of Modern Art Galleries, Brisbane, 12 June - 19 July
" Bridge Song, Bonemap performance, free preview: 12 June at 6.00 pm Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre Season: 13 & 14 June at 7pm $15 & 12 (concession) Bonemap is an artistic collaboration between visual artist Russell Milledge and performer Rebecca Youdell who practice creative ecological acts.
" Seductive Evidence, glass and beaded work by Patricia Harper and Poetic Nature, contemporary glass by Holly Grace and Elaine Miles, Craft Queensland gallery, Fortitude Valley, to 5 July.
" Pierre Bonnard: Observing Nature is the first major exhibition of this artist's work to be seen in Australia for more than 30 years, some 120 works from throughout his career, Queensland Art Gallery, 4 July – 28 September 2003
" Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest, art works, ceremonies, dances and beliefs of Indigenous people of Cape York, sculptures from Aurukun, rainforest shields, fibre objects, works on paper, contemporary paintings from Lockhart River. Queensland Art Gallery and touring North Qld.
" Hatched 2003 this year shows work in all media by 66 new graduates representing 17 art schools from all over Australia. An annual event, it is renowned for its energy and innovation. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, to 13 July. www.pica.org.au
" The Sydney Aboriginal and Oceanic Art Fair is the first of its kind and promises to bring exhibitors together annually from around Australia and the Pacific. Visitors will be able to meet the artists and art co-ordinators from remote communities, as well as Australian experts, dealers and intellectuals. Organisers Marc Despallieres (Head of Aboriginal & Oceanic dept of Goodman's Auction House in Sydney) and Petra Campbell (consultant Paris/Germany) identified a gap in the market and have assembled an inaugural selection of exhibitors including Anyinginyi Arts and Culture, NT, Association of Tongan Arts & Culture, Red Rock Art, Kununurra WA, Tobwabba Art NSW, Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, House of Aboriginality, Sydney, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art and the following centres from Arnhem Land: Elcho Island Arts & Crafts, Buku Larnggay Mulka, Bula'bula Arts & Crafts, Injalak Arts & Crafts, Oenpelli, Maningrida Arts & Culture. Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay. Sydney. Saturday 7 June - Sunday 8 June, 9am to 6pm, free of charge. Info: email@example.com ; www.saoaf.com.au
" Sydney Art on Paper Fair: biennial event for contemporary Indigenous Australian art, Japanese prints & watercolours, artists' books, old masters drawings and limited edition prints and this year a special focus on photography, plus the third national emerging artists stand. Over 30 art galleries from Darwin, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, New Zealand and Amsterdam will set up shop with a wide array of art works on paper. But SAPF is not only about selling – there is a daily program of informative demonstrations and floor talks by Michael Leunig, Joshua Yeldham, Michael Kempson, Basil Hall, David Forrest & Janis Nedela, Michael Reid & Craig Judd giving insights into the artists, their art practice and collecting works of art on paper. Byron Kennedy Hall at Fox Studios, Moore Park 30 July - 3 August 2003.
RL001.jpg: Ronnie Lawson Mens Dreaming I (Black)2002 76cm x 56cm etching ed. of 33 Australian Art Print Network.
" Sydney Affordable Art Show is a new concept in art fairs, with a limit of $5000 on any work of art for sale. The idea is that the emphasis on affordability will give welcoming signals to people who can be intimidated by Australia's other national event the Melbourne Art Fair which is designed in the main for the collector of 'top of the range' art with prices to match. To avert a deluge of mediocrity the organisers have invited selectors Alasdair Foster, Peter Hill, Suzanne Davies, Jane Watters and Jay Ryves, all with major artworld credentials. Around 30 galleries were confirmed at time of writing, including Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Gallery Gondwana, Boutwell Draper, Sherman Galleries, Thierry B Gallery, Indigenart, Redback Gallery, Gallery 482, Global Galleries, William Mora Gallery, East + West Gallery, PCL Gallery, Ceramic Art, John Miller Galleries, House of Philips Fine Art Salmon Gallery, Solander Gallery, Ceramic Art, Face2Face Fine Art, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi.
" The 2003 Manly Arts Festival will feature art and photography exhibitions in a great setting, various locations ph (02) 9949 for program 5 – 21 September.
" The Meta-Geographies of Paper (chair Craig Judd) Curators, artists, gallery directors, lecturers and international guest speakers will discuss current developments in the practice, production, presentation and conservation of art works on paper, co-presented by the Museums & Galleries Foundation of NSW in association with the Sydney Art on Paper Fair. College of Fine Arts, UNSW, 10am - 4pm, Friday 1 August.
" Arts and Health is a series of 3 half-day workshops bringing together art and health workers to find ways to promote health and wellbeing through art. They aim to develop skills in planning, implementing and evaluating projects and programs using various art media and activities in both health care and community settings. The workshops are offered as single sessions or as a package. Facilitators are Lisa Philip-Harbutt, Community Arts Network SA, Christine Putland, Dept Public Health and Fiona Verity, Dept Social Administration and Social Work, Flinders University. September 1st & 22nd, October 8th,2003 Flinders University, Adelaide (08)8204 3925 Fax: (08)8204 5693 firstname.lastname@example.org http://som.flinders.edu.au/FUSA/PublicHealth/index.html
Australian Art Overseas
" The Down Side Up: Kunst Aus Australien is an important exhibition of new Australian art curated by Hamburger Bahnhof curator Britta Schmitz for showing at this landmark Berlin contemporary art museum. 14 artists working in 3D, large scale installation, video, photography and painting will provide a snapshot of current practice. Look out for a preview of this event in our September issue which we will be taking to Berlin for the Berlin Art Forum, the cutting edge international art fair opening the same day as the exhibition.
" Uplands Gallery of Melbourne has been selected to participate in the New Entries section of Artissima 2003 - International Fair of Contemporary Art in Turin, Italy. Uplands is the first Australian gallery invited to participate in this exclusive section which was inaugurated in 2002 and is reserved for 9 young galleries to exhibit 'the newest artists and the most experimental artworks from the international art scene'. The gallery is currently fundraising to get to the Turin event held at the Torino Exposizioni 3 – 16 November.
" Permutations: Five Australian Glass Artists - Clare Belfrage, Giles Bettison, Gabriella Bisetto, Tim Edwards and Mark Thiele, presented by JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design in association with curator Margot Osborne, at Foster/White Rainier Square Gallery, Seattle 5 June – 31 July 2003 to coincide with the international Glass Art Society Conference, the world's most prestigious gathering of the international glass community.
CHOOSE ONE IMAGE - CAPTIONS:
- Gabriella Bisetto Counterbalance #4 2003, blown glass, wheel cut 57 x 18 x 34cm photo: Grant Hancock
- Tim Edwards, Suspension #3 2003, blown glass, wheel cut, 33 x 54.5 x 6.5cm
" Melentie Pandilovski is the new Director of the Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide, formerly Director of the Center of Contemporary Art in Skopje Macedonia, a strong player in web art. See Opportunities below for info on Web3D Art workshops
" New Head of Arts at the ABC is Wendy Martin, formerly a producer with the Sydney Opera House, with an extensive arts background in live performance, broadcasting and arts management.
" New Head of Entertainment at the ABC is Courtney Gibson, formerly in senior executive positions at SBS TV and SBS Independent and Channel 4 in the UK.
" Carmel Dundon is the new Executive Manager of AIT Arts, the amalgamated TAFE college at Light Square in Adelaide which offers award courses in visual arts, acting, technical production & stage design, dance, and professional writing.
" Warwick Reeder (Director) and Kelly Gallatly (Curator) have both left the Heide Museum of Modern Art for positions at the National Gallery of Victoria.
" Gawirrin Gumana received the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2003 Australia Day honours list for services to the community as a cultural ambassador, religious leader and significant artist. Last year he won First Prize in the 2002 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
" Robert Owen received the Australia Council's 2002 Visual Arts/Craft Emeritus Award ($40,000) and William (Bill) Wright was presented with the 2002 Visual Arts/Craft Emeritus Medal ($10,000).
" Anne Ferran has won the 2003 Gold Coast Ulrick Schubert Photographic Art Award, $10,00, for her work Untitled (blue wedding gown) 2002. Highly Commended prize to Simon Cuthbert for Staff Only, 2002 and the People's Choice Award to Arthur Wicks with Solstice Note #2; Guerilla Bay 76, 2002.
" Deb Jones (SA) and Selina Ou (Vic) won the glass and photography sections respectively of the 2003 City of Hobart Art Prize, each receiving $7,500. Martin Walch (Tas) won the $2000 Moorilla Estate prize.
Selina Ou Ache 2001, Type C photograph 120 x 180 cm winner City of Hobart Art Prize
" Telstra and the Museum of Contemporary Art were awarded a coveted ABAF (Australia Business for the Arts Foundation) award last year for their partnership work.
Australian Surrealism, the Agapitos/Wilson Collection documents a remarkable private art collection of Australian Surrealist art 1925 - 1955, with essays by Bruce James, published by fine art specialists Beagle Press, hard cover 158 colour reproductions RP $99.00
Dave Dallwitz AO, painter and jazz musician, died at the age of 89 on 24 March 2003. Co-founder of the SA branch of the Contemporary Art Society, he was born in South Australia in 1914 and studied at the SA School of Art, where he later taught. He exhibited in countless shows in Adelaide and interstate and up until the day he died was participating in and helping to organise exhibitions, thematically associated with the farms and hills of the Southern Vales and Fleurieu Peninsula. He was awarded a retrospective Sixty years of Art at the Art Gallery of SA in 1984 and received an AO in 1987. Trained also as a classical musician he was well known as ragtime pianist, composer and arranger, playing all over Australia and in the USA, making recordings with his own group the Southern Jazz Group or joining with other musicians. The Dallwitzs enjoyed a close extended family who are also involved in the arts and culture. His wife Joan who survives him, had always been a key element in their long and consistently positive association with the arts community, in which the Seacliff house was the scene of regular parties and jam sessions with musicians and artists such as Geoff Wilson, Ivor Francis, John Dowie and poets such as Max Harris. His death perhaps marks a punctuation mark to this particular brand of Adelaide of informality and bonhomie in the arts. His manner of his death was wonderfully appropriate – he suffered no illness and simply ceased to be one late summer evening.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
It's always nice to receive a good review. I therefore enjoyed Professor Ian North's "Fieldwork" review in Artlink (vol.23, no. 1). Please allow me, therefore, to give credit to the architect, Peter Davidson, where credit is due. Mr Davidson was not responsible, though Ian's review perhaps gave that impression, for any curatorial aspect of Fieldwork, NGVA's opening temporary exhibition, or of the permanent collection's installation, for the curatorial decisions were those of the NGV team, including myself. On the other hand, Mr Davidson did provide us with remarkable design solutions during the exhibition's creation. For example, he created the unforgettable, black-walled gallery within a gallery, within which we placed Bill Henson's and Peter Booth's works on the inside walls, and Bea Maddock's Terra Spiritus stretching around the outside perimeter. This was, judging from audience reactions, one of the exhibition's most memorable, poignant moments, and the curatorial team must share the reviewers' praise with Mr Davidson. Exhibition creation and design do blur, but the results of collaboration with Lab were acute and sharp-focused.
Melbourne 8 May