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Mary Quant to the TarraWarra Biennial: Exhibitions at Victoria’s Regional Galleries this autumn

Apr 23rd, 2021 | Dr Nick Gordon

Victoria’s regional galleries have a well-founded reputation for their fantastic temporary exhibitions and diverse permanent collections. But their contemporary flair is deeply rooted in their history and reflects the history of Victoria more broadly. In this blog, Dr Nick Gordon takes a look at three of the major shows on...

Beyond Spectacle: At the NGV Triennial

Feb 5th, 2021 | Dr Nick Gordon

A single note plays in a darkened room – a C tone. It is then repeated, short + long, long + short, until you hear an unfortunately familiar pattern: short short short, long long long, short short short. It’s a distress call from a violin on a spaceship that has...

The 1%: African American artists in US institutions

Oct 2nd, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

In 2018 Amy Sherald’s Portrait of Michelle Obama and Kehinde Wiley’s Portrait of Barack Obama were unveiled at The National Portrait Gallery. The museum contains 23,000 works in its collections, from the official portraits of presidents to the great men and women of the arts, sciences and public life in...

Where art meets science: Restoring masterpieces by Nelli, Rembrandt, Pollock and Van Gogh

Jun 12th, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

Most of the art you see in galleries and museums has survived because of restoration and conservation work. This work is absolutely necessary because a work of art is subject to quite complex chemical, physical and mechanical processes that degrade the materials from which it is made. In this article,...

On the art of stealing art

Apr 2nd, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

30 March 2020 – all is quiet in The Hague, and a Van Gogh painting is stolen from the Singer Laren museum. The alarm system is triggered, but the thieves have got away before the police arrive, with a painting estimated to be worth more than 6 million euros. Another...

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