Does modern art still matter?
Short talks by artists
Hear from a range of Australian contemporary artists about how the work of modern pioneers like Matisse and Picasso continues to inspire them, over a century on.
Mike Parr Towards a Black Monochrome 2018
Mike Parr on Kazimir Malevich
Mike Parr’s ongoing Self Portrait Project interrogates formal and cultural orthodoxies, assuming multiple forms through a conflation of drawing, printmaking, sculpture and performance. His numerous recent exhibitions include: Underneath the Bitumen the Artist, Dark MOFO 2018; Burning Down the House, 20th Biennale of Sydney, Carriageworks 2016; Foreign Looking, National Gallery of Australia 2016; and The Ghost Who Talks, Palazzo Mora, Venice 2015.
Wednesday 6 February 2019 5:30pm – 6pm
Laura Jones on Henri Matisse
Laura Jones is an artist from Sydney, well known for her still life paintings of flowers. Previously a florist, her work grew from a desire to express a love for nature, the process of painting beginning with the physical act of arranging flowers. In the current context of global climate change, this practice gradually evolved into a passionate effort to impress a love for the environment onto her audience.
Wednesday 13 February 2019 5:30pm – 6pm
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran on Pablo Picasso
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is a contemporary artist who explores politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion. He has exhibited within various contexts, including the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit, Art Basel Hong Kong, The National: New Australian Art 2017 and the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. He has presented solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia and the Ian Potter Museum of Art in 2016. His work is held in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Shepparton Art Museum.
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran will be in conversation with Miranda Samuels, co-editor of the Countess Report. Since 2008 The Countess Report has been publishing statistics and data on gender representation in the Australian visual arts sector.
Wednesday 20 February 2019 5:30pm – 6pm