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Michael Hirst and Mid-Century Modern

One of the most rewarding aspects of my involvement with the Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design exhibition was researching the design output of Michael Hirst (1917 – 2002). Hirst designed and manufactured a range of stylish furniture pieces, including tables, …  More

Plastics in Art: David McDiarmid. Part 2: Thinking of You

Thinking of You, 1990, by David McDiarmid is a mosaic artwork made of irregularly shaped pieces of monochrome and polychrome holographic contact film adhered to a black painted plywood panel. The artwork has a total of 34 distinctive pattern and …  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

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – Ben Watt

This week Ben Watt will be performing in the Great Hall for Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces. Here, we asked him a few questions about music and art. Book tickets now.   Describe your sound in 5 words or less? That is someone else’s job …  More

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – New Gods

This week New Gods will be performing in the Great Hall for Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces. Here, we asked them a few questions about music and art. Book tickets now.   Describe your sound in 5 words or less? It’s art: …  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

Sharp focus and an unsentimental vision

Walking through the Mid-Century Modern exhibition, I was drawn to the sharply focused black and white photographs displayed throughout the show – both hanging on the walls, and seen on the pages of the numerous interior design magazines. Alongside the furniture …  More