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.
Advertisements

‘My Country: I Still Call Australia Home’ – Contemporary art from black Australia | A review

“The ‘My Country’ title of the exhibition is derived from the subject matter of much Indigenous art – and perhaps the most common concern for the artists in this show. Curator Bruce McLean has conceived the exhibition over three general areas – My History, My Life, My Country. Despite the thematic approach, the majority of these 300-plus works represent an amalgam of all three themes in one. From the outset the use of ‘My’ in the titles is a political and contextual term. The art displayed is both a reflection and a reinforcement of the social values and beliefs of numerous Indigenous cultures, each with a unique history. We [the non-Indigenous] might call this place ‘Australia’ but it’s worth noting that many Indigenous people consider it a constructed version of nation.”

Read the full review at The Art Life. 

Warwick Thornton, Stranded (still) 2011. 3D digital video: 11:06 minutes, colour, sound.
Warwick Thornton, Stranded (still) 2011. 3D digital video: 11:06 minutes, colour, sound.

[Image courtesy of the artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane].