Women and art

Brisbane CityCat on the Brisbane River
Brisbane CityCat on the Brisbane River
Rebecca Baumann's Untitled Cascade
Rebecca Baumann’s Untitled Cascade

Recently I had the pleasure of viewing two wonderful exhibitions in Brisbane, one at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and the other at the Queensland Art Gallery. Getting to Brisbane is easy enough, just hit the motorway and find free parking in an area not far from the centre of the city. One of the nicest ways of getting to the chosen destination is via the Brisbane CityCat, I like to park near one of the stops and then relax and take in the view as the ferries take us up the Brisbane River to the Southbank precinct.

At GOMA the second contemporary Australia exhibition series celebrating contemporary Australian female artists was on display, the exhibition featured paintings, sculptures, photography, installations, video and performance by more than 50 female artists. It was fabulous, we walked through installations that consisted of coloured paper on the floor and watched as an industrial fan created movement in a doorway filled with gold foil ribbons. The QR codes made it easy to find out more about the artist and the inspiration behind the artworks, wi-fi is free so I didn’t hesitate to gather as much information as I could, but of course I remember very little now.

Hiromi Tang | Japan/Australia b.1976 | X chromosome
Hiromi Tang, X chromosome
Jenny Watson | Australia b.1951 | A telescopic vision’ series
Jenny Watson, A telescopic vision’ series
Noël Skrzypczak | Canada/Australia b.1974 | Jungle
Noël Skrzypczak, Jungle
Judith Wright | Australia b.1945 | A wake
Judith Wright, A wake

As enjoyable as the Contemporary Australia Women exhibition was, the one I was really keen on seeing was the Modern Woman, Daughters and Lovers 1850-1918 Drawings from the Musee D’Orsay, Paris. The Musee D’Orsay is one of my favourite galleries to visit and many of the artists, whose works now hang on the walls of the Musee D’Orsay, inspired me when I was first learning to paint and they inspire me still. Modern Woman explored more than 90 illustrations of women at the time of the Belle Epoque which was a significant time of change in France. Beautiful pastels by Degas, Cassatt, Breslau and Besnard had me staring closely at the their strokes, my face only inches from the artwork itself although I did try to avoid obstructing the view of other admirers. Some of the illustrations had pastels layered so thick it could have been paint, it made me wonder how they got the pastel to stick and what sort of paper they used. The women in the artworks were real women, unlike earlier artists who depicted women as goddesses and saints, this exhibition featured the beautiful and not-so beautiful, the old and the young, the rich and the poor. My art teacher found many faults with the illustrations, poor perspective and heads or limbs that were too small, large or short, however it did not diminish my enjoyment of the work I viewed. Who wouldn’t like to have the talent and skill that these artists had, even on a bad day?

Rene Piot, Bust of Marie Piot, her hair scattered with flowers c1906
Rene Piot, Bust of Marie Piot, her hair scattered with flowers c1906
Giovanni Boldini, Nude woman in black stockings lying on a sofa c1880
Giovanni Boldini, Nude woman in black stockings lying on a sofa c1880
Albert Besnard, Portrait of a woman c1900
Albert Besnard, Portrait of a woman c1900
Mari Bashkirtseff, Portrait of Mme X c1884
Mari Bashkirtseff, Portrait of Mme X c1884
Leon Kamir, Reading c1921
Leon Kamir, Reading c1921

 

 

 

 

Auckland, an iphone and the (free) Retro Camera app

Boat for hire
Boat for hire
The Sky Tower and Viaduct
The Sky Tower and Viaduct
Gelato from Valentino's Gelateria, Queens Wharf
Jam Donut and Ginger Kiss gelato from Valentino's Gelateria, Queens Wharf
The city of Auckland
The city of Auckland
Jetty opposite Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World
Jetty opposite Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World
Queens Wharf Ferry Terminal
Queens Wharf Ferry Terminal
Queens Wharf, The Cloud and Ferry
Queens Wharf home of The Cloud and Ferry terminal
Beautiful artwork inside Auckland Art Gallery
Choi Jeong Hwa, Flower Chandelier. Auckland Art Gallery
Exhibit outside the Auckland Art Gallery
Choi Jeong Hwa, Red. Artwork displayed outside Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Sky Tower as seen from Albert Park
Sky Tower as seen from Albert Park
The Northern Club Building
The Northern Club Building
View from Quadrant Hotel
View from Quadrant Hotel
Kiwi souvenirs
Funny Kiwi souvenir lollies: Pukeko Poo, Sheep Droppings, Squashed Possums and Kiwi Poo

Free time during a quick visit to Auckland for work allowed me to do a little sight seeing, thankfully the heavy rain dissipated and I had a perfect day for walking around the city. Rather than lug my DSLR to New Zealand (the weather was predicted to be miserable the entire time) I made use of the Retro Camera app on my iphone and a little point and shoot camera. These photos are all taken with an iphone 3 and the ‘polaroid’ function on Retro Camera, the result reminds me of all the old photos that my Mum took when we went on family holidays. I’ll share the other photos and details about my short stay later, my happy snaps of the City of Sails will have to do for now.