Category: Work of the week

Reuben Paterson A crucifixion 2012

The influence of Reuben Paterson’s Maori heritage is particularly strong in this opulent work, which focuses on a particular kowhaiwhai (pattern), named Puhoro, used in thigh tattoos for both men and women. This kowhaiwhai describes the lines in a canoe’s …  More

Grace Crowley Girl with goats 1928

Grace Crowley was one of the first Australian artists to respond to Cubism. In Paris in the late 1920s she studied under Cubist artists André Lhote and, later, Albert Gleizes. In the summer of 1928 Crowley took part in Lhote’s …  More

THOMAS HARRISON, Melbourne Hat (1934-1939)

Thomas Harrison’s millinery career spanned more than forty years – a period which saw the heyday and decline of the hat as a key item in a women’s wardrobe. During the 1940s Harrison typically employed around twenty-three ‘girls’ in his …  More

Zhang Huan Shanghai family tree 2001

In 1999 the internationally renowned Chinese performance and video artist, sculptor and photographer Zhang Huan wrote of his distinctive approach to his practice: ‘The body is the only direct way through which I come to know society and society comes …  More

John Brack The bar 1954

While the history of art remained an important touchstone and source of inspiration for John Brack throughout his career, The bar is one of few examples of his work in which there is a direct connection to an artistic precedent. …  More

Persian Portrait of a prince examining an arrow (late 16th century-early 17th century)

This portrait was probably painted during the reign of Shah Abbas (1587–1629), whose rule marked a period of stability and consolidation within the Persian Empire and saw the capital at Isfahan established in 1600.   As well as wall paintings decorating …  More

Donald Judd Untitled (1969-1971)

In the 1960s Donald Judd proposed a new way of making and experiencing art, breaking ground in the exploration of volume, interval, space and colour. He favoured industrial materials such as aluminium, perspex, sheet metal and plywood. From the mid …  More