Towards Beauty's End: Beauty' and its manifestations in current art practice by artists from Australia and Singapore
20 November 2004 – 6 February 2005
A UQ Art Museum touring exhibition in partnership with the Substation Arts Centre, Singapore
'The quality we call beauty, however, must always grow from the realities of life, and our ancestors, forced to live in dark rooms, presently came to discover beauty in shadows, ultimately to guide shadows towards beauty's end.' - Jun'ichiro Tanizaki (1886-1965), Japanese author and novelist
Towards Beauty's End looks to provide a cross-cultural perspective of the expression and significance of beauty through the paintings of four emerging, mid-career and senior artists from Australia and Singapore: Ian Grant and Robyn Medek (Australian-born, based in Sydney and Brisbane respectively) and Eric Chan and Kumari Nahappan (Malaysian-born, based in Singapore).
Specific works – or series – have been selected to articulate the proposition and to activate the dialogue, between the artists' work and the viewer. The primary selection of works was made by Ross Searle, Director, University Art Museum, The University of Queensland and unaffiliated writer and curator Ihor Holubizky, in consultation with the artists.
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, 1 April – 15 May, 2005
Post Office Gallery, University of Ballarat, 11 July – 5 August 2005
Blacktown Arts Centre, New South Wales, 29 September – 5 November 2005
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, 16 December 2005 – 20 February 2006
Singapore Tyler Print Institute Gallery, Singapore, March 2006
To look within: Self portraits in Australia
15 April – 20 June 2004
This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits in Australia, from the colonial period to the present. It highlights the establishment of Queensland's first collection of self-portraits. This unique collection will be established over time from a core group of self-portraits currently in The University of Queensland's collection, including works by Mary Christison, Jeffrey Smart, Ian Burn, Mike Parr, John Nixon and William Yang.
The exhibition launches a new strategic identity for the University Art Museum as it relocates to its new home at the James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre. It is the first in a series of exhibitions tracing shifting conceptions of selfhood and representation.
To look within was organised in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. Andrew Sayers, director of the National Portrait Gallery, co-curated the exhibition with Ross Searle, director of the University Art Museum . Many lenders, including state and national collections, have been generous in supporting the exhibition.
Curators: Ross Searle and Andrew Sayers
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra 9 July – 19 September 2004
View the publication To look within: Self portraits in Australia here
Rough Cuts: European Figurative Prints from Gauguin to Paladino
20 August – 7 November 2004
From the National Gallery of Australia's collection of International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books, Rough Cuts draws on works from two major periods of European figurativism, the early period of 'German' Expressionism — 1895 to 1925, and the later neo-figurative period of the 70s and 80s.
Featured artists from the earlier period include Gauguin, Munch, Heckel, Kirchner, Nolde and Pechstein amongst others; while the later period will include works by German artists such as Immenforff, Penck, Baselitz and Polke; and the Italians Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Mimmo Paladino, Mario Merz and Enzo Cucchi.