Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

The judges for this year’s Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize – Natasha Bullock (MCA Senior Curator), Judith Blackall (NAS Gallery Curator), Mark Harpley (Visual Arts Coordinator, Redlands School) and Fabian Byrne (Visual Arts Teacher, Redlands School) – announced the award at the opening of the exhibition of finalist works presented at the National Art School […]

9 X 5 NOW Exhibition: ART150

9 X 5 NOW, at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 16–25 June, showcases generations of practicing artists who have studied or taught at the National Gallery School or VCA Art. The most experienced artist represented attended the National Gallery School in the 1940s, and the youngest completed studies at the Victorian College of the Arts […]

Direct Democracy

Exhibition curatorial by Geraldine Barlow As Individuals we are capable, but so much more so when we act together. The collective body is a complex mechanism: a layering of systems, societies, generations, inheritances and innovations. Groups of human beings have developed numerous models to identify with each other, work together, build societies and exercise power. […]

Less is More: Minimal and Post-Minimal Art in Australia [withdrawal]

01/09/2012 withdrawal of ABC art: red cube from the exhibition upon receiving the exhibition’s catalogue and reading the curatorial premise for the work’s inclusion, where I gave reasons for the withdrawal that include: [The curatorial essay mentions] my art (with reference to Floor plan: Empty, except) within the context of Robert Morris’ essay. Not only […]

Notes towards contemporary post-minimalism [withdrawal]

Several ideas stemming from Minimalism, though controversial in the 1960s, are now widely accepted as part of the landscape of contemporary art: for example, the artwork can be fabricated by someone other than the artist; it can comprise modules or units used singularly or repeated, and its governing concept is more important than any craft […]

Art from a Hundred Years 1909–2009: Highlights of the Daimler Art Collection

The third presentation of the Daimler Art Collection in South Germany (following the extensive survey at ZKM Karlsruhe 2003 and at the Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen 2004) at Museum Prediger Schwäbisch Gmünd concentrates on Highlights from the Collection with around 100 works spanning nearly 10 decades – from Adolf Hölzel, the main teacher in the […]

To make a work of timeless art: MCA Primavera Acquisitions

The decision to acquire the work of Primavera artists began in 1993, the first purchase being a suite of works by Gail Hastings, an artist included in the inaugural Primavera exhibition. Everyone wants to be close to ‘the wheel of history’, to be remembered, to occupy a place within the wider schema of recent art […]

Sculptural Situations: Gail Hastings

Exhibition 'Sculptural Situations' (2008) PICA - Gail Hastings

Perth born Hastings is a singular artist distinguished by the extraordinary focus of her practice. … Consistently describing her work as ‘a space made for others’ Hastings creates what she calls ‘invisible architectures’ that invite the viewer to enter a dialogue with what they observe. … As ‘the artist’ Hastings eschews a central position in her […]

Overheard Conversation: Sculptural Situations by Gail Hastings

Exhibition 'Overheard conversation' AGNSW 2007 - Gail Hastings

Hastings regards her works as ‘sculptural situations’ rather than as paintings or installations, or even sculptures. Rather than adhering to a pre-existing location, Hastings seeks to craft space—in particular, she seeks to craft an inter-subjective space, a social space of conversation and communication. This is at once a remarkably fraught, ambitious and fascinating enterprise. It […]

In Conversation

This is the quandary bequeathed by minimalism, and Hastings presents this legacy precisely as a quandary. Again, the issue revolves around a hypothetical circuit of knowledge: who knows? Hastings candidly notes her own trepidation: “That this work of art I am looking at is not meant form me but for someone else more equipped … […]

sculptural situation: plans

Moments of Mind : The Sweeney Reed CollectionSculptural Situation – Plans: Gail Hastings The two exhibitions in Heide 1 are a departure from the survey collection shows exhibited in the space to date. The juxtaposition of work by Sweeney Reed and practising Sydney artist Gail Hastings is the first in a planned series of projects […]

Kunst Nach Kunst / Art After Art

Simple geometric patterns with a coloration [of] clearly defined contours characterize Gail Hastings’ work. The proximity to Minimal Art is unmistakable [as] a conceptual interface of her works. … The title, “To complete a work of contemporary art” (1997), already indicates a direct reference to an apparently ‘unfinished’ contemporary art. This reference must be formally seen […]

mission: untitled (blue)

It used to be said of experimental art that it didn’t really need an audience to view it…. Experimentation for its own sake was to be sufficient …  Of course this was before — or despite — some people reckoning that the value of art was actually something produced in the exchange between artists and […]

art idea no. 8,582,048

Hastings takes up artistic idioms and presentational forms of conceptual art and charges them sensually. She combines conceptual strategies with the language and aesthetics of action-related, factual texts …  and stages these through the employment of a markedly material aesthetics. Her art opens up a dialogue on the origins, significance and function of ‘works’ and […]

art idea no. 8,582,048

Hastings takes up artistic idioms and presentational forms of conceptual art and charges them sensually. She combines conceptual strategies with the language and aesthetics of action-related, factual texts …  and stages these through the employment of a markedly material aesthetics. Her art opens up a dialogue on the origins, significance and function of ‘works’ and […]

Moët &​ Chandon Australian Art Foundation Touring Exhibition 1996

Established by Moët & Chandon in 1987, the Foundation comprises three elements, the Fellowship, the Touring Exhibition and the Art Acquisition Fund which have provided developing young artists in Australia with an innovative programme of support of real significance. Moët & Chandon’s long term commitment to the future of the visual arts in Australia is unique and […]