August 11

Redesigning Reality – Social Comment

“Making art is about objectifying your experience of the world, transforming the flow of moments into something visual, or textual, or musical, whatever. Art creates a kind of commentary.” – Barbara Kruger

An exhibition catalogue:

  • Is an accompanying printed publication for a temporary exhibition or installation at a gallery or alternative
  • Documents the contents of an exhibition, providing a forum for critical dialogue between curators, artists and critics. (Ontario College of Art & Design)

Art exhibition catalogues, often written as a collaboration between the artist, the writer and the gallery, have become important as documentation of artist/s, placing their body of creative work into a critical framework of time, place, and art practices.

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Book-sized exhibition catalogues in the West typically have a colour photograph of every item on display, and also of other relevant works not in the exhibition (these usually smaller and often in black and white). There will be a short formal catalogue description of each item, and usually interpretative text often amounting to one or more pages. The resulting book will have at least one introductory essay [Preface], often several, footnotes, bibliography and other critical apparatus… the intention – often successful – is to create a book which has a permanent usefulness.“ (Expedia)

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Examples of an art exhibition catalogue

CHAT Catalogue (ANU)

But mostly Air (ANU)

Year 12 Perspectives 2016 (Art Gallery of WA)

WA Focus – Graham Miller (Art Gallery of WA) – useful for the Preface.

Sidney Nolan – Mt Erebus (Art Gallery of NSW) – great example of one entry.


Artists – Source material

There are many Library resources set aside for this assignment on a trolley.

Additionally, the following websites may provide you with a useful start to your research:

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Barbara Kruger – ACCA Online;   Art History ArchiveThe Art Story

Pablo Picasso – Biography.comThe Art StoryThe Met (Metropolitan Museum)

Albert Tucker – Art Gallery of NSWAustralian BiographyNational Portrait Gallery

Sidney Nolan – Art Gallery of NSWNational Gallery of AustraliaAustralian Dictionary of Biography

John Perceval – Design & Art Australia OnlineWikipedia

Arthur Boyd – Art Gallery of NSWBundanon TrustGrafico Qld

Andy Warhol – TheArtStory.orgBiography.comAmerican Masters

Banksy – SmithsonianStreet art bioWired

Dorothea Lange – The Art StoryThe Great Depression in Washington StateThe Dust Bowl

Bill Henson – Bendigo Art Gallery guideThe Design FilesArtnet

Ken Unsworth – SculptureABCThe Guardian

Shirin Neshat – TED talkArtsy.netSigns Journal

Misha Gordin – Photographers Biography FreeYorkVerve Gallery

Jean-Michel Basquait – The Art StoryBiography.comNew York Times

Guan Wei – Arc OneArtlinkThe Art Life

Gordon Bennett – National Gallery of VictoriaThe GuardianMCA

Fiona Hall – Australian GovernmentNational Gallery of AustraliaAustralia Council

Lee Bul – WikipediaThe Culture TripMori Art Museum

Gu Wenda (or Wenda Gu) – National Gallery of AustraliaWikipediaThe Met (video)

Max Beckmann – The Art StoryWikipediaMOMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York)

George Gittoes – George Gittoes’ home pageABC (includes video);  The Sydney Morning Herald

Jenny Holzer – Artsy (use tabs for info.); Art History ArchiveACCA Education (Aust. Centre for Contemporary Art)

Mee Ping Leung – WikipediaAsia Art ArchiveFlux Magazine

Simryn Gill – CCP (Centre for Contemporary Photography);  The AustralianArtsy

Anselm Kiefer – The Art StoryThe Royal Academy of ArtsThe Met (Metropolitan Museum)

Frida Kahlo – The Art StoryThe GuardianFrida Kahlo Foundation

Kathe Kollwitz – WikipediaRO GallerySpartacus Educational

Jill Orr – Jill Orr home pageMonashThe Promised Land (YouTube clip)

Joseph Beuys – The Art StoryWalker Art The Guardian

Do Ho Suh – WikipediaWall Street JournalArtnet