Michael Zavros: ‘Charmer’. The Interview.

Queensland artist Michael Zavros has a new exhibition ‘Charmer’ at Philip Bacon Gallery in Brisbane. Michael was kind enough to speak to me about his new show and lots more…

“SW. You’ve been described as “an aesthete [who] …paints beautiful things beautifully”. Is beauty the (only) subject of your art? Why are these objects not simply decorative?

MZ. The beauty of things does not preclude their intellect or content, for me anyway. I do think it is interesting that beauty is still a pejorative term in contemporary art.”

Read the full interview on The Art Life.

Michael Zavros 'Charmer/Gucci' 2013 oil on canvas 75 x 55cm. Courtesy the artist.
Michael Zavros ‘Charmer/Gucci’ 2013 oil on canvas 75 x 55cm. Courtesy the artist.
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California Design 1930–65: Living in a Modern Way

“California Design 1930-65: Living in a Modern Way opened last week in Brisbane, on tour from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Covering a time of social and political change, the show explores the advent of west-coast modernism through design and aesthetics…[with] more than 250 objects on show…”

Read my full review in The Guardian Australia.

Mary Ann DeWeese 1913–93 active Los Angeles Woman’s swimsuit 1961 Spandex, Lycra Gift of Mary Ann DeWeese, DeWeese Designs Collection: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) © 2011 The Warnaco Group, Inc. All rights reserved. For Authentic Fitness Corp., Cole of California. Photo © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA.
Mary Ann DeWeese
1913–93 active Los Angeles
Woman’s swimsuit 1961
Spandex, Lycra
Gift of Mary Ann DeWeese, DeWeese Designs Collection: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
© 2011 The Warnaco Group, Inc. All rights reserved. For Authentic Fitness Corp., Cole of California. Photo
© 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA.

Inward & Outward: A review of the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial [APT7]

The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial runs until 14 April 2013 at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia.

“APT7 feels more like the future than the past … The exhibition illustrates the way Australia grapples with its sense of belonging in the Asia Pacific microworld. The denseness of this show, however, suggests that the question of how we resolve our place has become even more complex. The weaving together of work by so many artists means national borders become blurred and what emerges are our similarities and not our differences. APT7 recommends we turn our gaze both inward and outward. If you’ve never been to QAGOMA then maybe it’s time you went”.

Read the full review at The Art Life.

Sangdon Kim (South Korea) b.1973 Bulwang-dong Totem [blue] 2012 Giclee prints on premium lustre paper, ed. 2/5
[Courtesy the artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art].

Tom Polo in Brisbane this week: ‘One bad painting…’

According to one of Tom Polo’s 2011 text based art works shown earlier this year at Grant Pirrie in Sydney ‘Somebody once told me that even one bad painting in an exhibition will stop people remembering an otherwise stellar show‘. Fortunately, there are no bad paintings in this exhibition.

Tom’s work (presented in Brisbane by Diagram Artist Run Initiative) appears in the window space at Ryan Renshaw Gallery this week – opening Friday night 18 November. Shows by Nicholas Folland ‘Domestic Distractions‘ and Laith McGregor ‘Spook’, open at the Gallery the same night.

”][Image courtesy the artist and Diagram ARI]