Zenadh Kes: Art is Life, BRIAN ROBINSON (Australia: Artist and Curator)
June 26, 2014
Brian Robinson, famed Australian artist of Torres Strait Islander decent, has art infused throughout all aspects of life. As an artist, he has carved a distinctive and internationally renowned presence. Specialising in graphic prints , installation, sculpture and painting, his work is imbued with cultural narrative and symbolism. and dance headdresses are used to highlight the culture of Zenadh Kes: Art is Life.
He has served as curator, Exhibitions Manager and Deputy Director of Cairns Regional Gallery. Most notably, Brian Robinson holds the position as one of the youngest serving Trustees on the Board of Trustees of the Queensland Art Gallery. His work features in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the Queensland Art Gallery.
‘I create art, speak and write about art, and I dream, sleep and eat artwork’. – Brian Robinson
Curating Asian Art at the Rubin Museum, BETH CITRON (USA, Rubin Museum NY, Curator)
February 26 – March 1, 2014
Dr. Beth Citron is an Assistant Curator at the Rubin Museum of Art, where she has organized Modernist Art from India, a three-part exhibition series that explored the development of Indian art since the country’s independence in 1947. The final exhibition in that series, Radical Terrain, also included commissions by eight international contemporary artists that responded to the modernist paintings on view.
She organized Candid – The Lens and Life of Homai Vyarawalla, an exhibition celebrating India’s first female photojournalist; Living Shrines of Uyghur China: Photographs by Lisa Ross; and Allegory and Illusion: Early Portrait Photography from South Asia.
Dr. Citron has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Art History Department at New York University, where she has taught a course on contemporary South Asian art. She completed her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, with a focus on modernist art in Bombay. She has contributed to publications including Artforum and Art India, and published a major scholarly essay entitled BhupenKhakhar’s ‘Pop’ in India, 1970-72 in a 2012 issue of Art Journal. Importantly, Dr. Citron is a dynamic curator who appreciates the significance of including the art from emerging regions in the international aesthetic narrative.
The Art of Sparkle: Jewelry as a Fine Art, ROBERT BAINES (Australia: Artist, goldsmith and academic) January 8 – 11, 2014
Robert Baines, the highly skilled artist and goldsmith, shared knowledge of unusual and exceptional craft techniques, precious metals and modern materials in the creation of a captivating breed of hybrid art jewelry. Baines has exhibited internationally garnering numerous awards, most recently the Herbert Hoffman Prize (Munich), and his work is in numerous Museum Collections, including that of the National Gallery of Victoria.
His presentation included explanations of what authenticity means in the understanding of art and artifacts. The exquisite brooches, crowns, necklaces and bracelets that emerge from his workshop (some of which will be on display), redefine our expectations of art, jewelry, and ‘authoritative’ cultural histories.