Search results for: April 2014

Linda Jackson Wildflowers 1976

Appliquéd gum leaves, Sturt’s desert peas, strelitzia, boomerangs and love hearts jostle with musical notes across the surface of this multi-layered outfit. Jackson’s appliquéd pieces were inspired by Henri Matisse’s late cut-outs, produced in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Fashion and Fiction

Opening in just a few weeks, Fashion Detective is a new approach to the interpretation and display of fashion and textiles at the NGV.  A playful departure from the usual conventions of chronology, artistry or technique, Fashion Detective is, instead, …  More

Remembering Top Arts 1995

Being selected for Top Arts was both a surprise and delight at the time, some 20 years ago now. I must say, without the passion and initiative of my then Art Teacher, I don’t think I would have been aware …  More

Tom Roberts Shearing the rams 1890

Tom Roberts’s Shearing the rams is a response to the nationalistic sentiment that developed in Australia during the late nineteenth century. It reflects the emergence of a national identity defined through heroic rural activity and the economic importance of the …  More

Art as therapy – I’m skeptical about pretty things

Philosophers Alain de Botton and John Armstrong of The School of Life have created the Art as Therapy Tour at the NGV. The self-guided tour of selected works from the NGV Collection includes special captions that challenge our assumptions about ourselves, society …  More

Wedgwood Portland vase and stand (c. 1790)

The model for Wedgwood’s Portland vase is the antique cameo glass vase now in the British Museum, London. The vase was produced in Rome (or Alexandria) during the first century BC and is named after the Duchess of Portland, who …  More

Chinese Wine pot from the Ming Dynasty

You may have noticed the turquoise lotus wine pot on the side of the NGV Building lately. Senior Curator, Asian Art, Mae-Anna Pang talks to us about the Chinese Wine pot from the Ming Dynasty, 16th century.   I once …  More