Contemporary galleries talks
Insights into contemporary art
Image: Nam June Paik Buddha game 1991 © Nam June Paik Estate
Tony Bond, the Gallery's head curator of international art, discusses minimalism and the work of Sol LeWitt.
The John Kaldor Family Collection holds one of the most comprehensive representations of LeWitt’s work in the world. LeWitt (1928–2007) was a pivotal figure in establishing conceptualism and minimalism as dominant art movements of the postwar era. His work radically shifted traditional ways of thinking about art in the late 1960s, particularly with his wall drawings, which were temporary and could be executed not just by LeWitt by also by other trained artists and students.
Image: Sol LeWitt Pyramid 2005 (detail) John Kaldor Family Collection
Saturday 21 May 2011 1:30pm – 2pm
Rhana Devenport, director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, discusses the work of Nam June Paik and the development of new media.
Devenport has worked extensively with artists in Asia and the Pacific region as a writer, editor and curator, producing major projects with Nam June Paik, among others. In this talk, she looks at Paik’s work in the John Kaldor Family Collection, including TV Buddha and TV cello, and discusses his significant role in the development of new media. Korean-born Paik (1932–2006) was one of the first artists to work with television and video, transforming both forms of popular media into art. He is also credited with inventing the term ‘electronic superhighway’ and stating that ‘the future is now’.
Nam June Paik Buddha game 1991 (detail) © Nam June Paik Estate
Sunday 22 May 2011 2pm – 2:30pm
Wayne Tunnicliffe, the Gallery's senior curator of contemporary art, discusses the work of Robert Rauschenberg.
Rauschenberg (1925–2008) was one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, forming a bridge between abstract expressionism and pop art. He came to prominence in the 1950s for his ‘combine’ works, in which he blurred the lines between art genres by uniting traditional mediums such as oil on canvas with sculptural elements drawn from found objects. Rauschenberg’s focus on surface texture and materiality had its roots in abstract painting, but by reintroducing identifiable symbols to the art of the American avant-garde, along with Jasper Johns, he paved the way for later artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein to examine issues arising from American popular culture.
Image: Robert Rauschenberg Yellow visor glut 1989. Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2010
Sunday 22 May 2011 3:30pm – 4pm