Louise Bourgeois, the French-born American artist who gained fame only late in a long career, when her psychologically charged abstract sculptures, drawings and prints had a galvanizing effect on younger artists, particularly women, died on Monday May 31st, 2009 at the Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.
UK Artist, Richard Grayson sent an email to a bunch of country rock musicians from Erskinville, Sydney to see if they would rewrite and perform Handel’s Messiah for no money.
This 1:1 life-size ‘re-enactment’ of the Hubble Space Telescope – a space-based observatory that has revolutionised astronomy by providing deep and clear views of the universe – is constructed out of plywood and steel.
Berlin-based French artist Kader Attia fills one of the cavernous spaces in Cockatoo Island’s Turbine Hall with a 312-square-metre patchwork of corrugated iron and scrap roofing materials. The series of shanty town roofs collected by the artist, reflecting the conditions in which the majority of the world’s population lives, are installed at different angles to make a 350-square-metre patchwork of corrugated iron, satellite dishes and other scrap materials.
“The Feast of Trimalchio /2009″ by AES+F , is a nine- channel animation of over 75,000 photographs. With panoramic, immersive, sumptuous colour and a loud symphonic soundtrack, it depicts a contemporary version of a famous scene from Petronius’s Satyricon. In this neo-Brechtian twenty-first-century version, an orgy of consumerism reflects on the contemporary state of both Russia and the world.”
Warren Fahey is a cultural historian, author, performer and musical Jack-of All- trades specialising in Australian folklore and history. He claims to be a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks and the Dingo University. He was born in Sydney, 1946.
He has built a distinguished career as a record producer and broadcaster and has been honoured with many awards including Member of the Order of Australia in 1996, Australian Music Industry Person of the Year in 2000 and the Bush Laureate Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
Antony Gormley (UK) is one of the world’s most acclaimed and best known sculptors.In this captivating presentation at the Art Gallery of NSW, Gormley talked about the themes and processes behind his remarkable body of work.Gormley has revitalised the human form in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation. In his lecture ( on May 9th , 2010 ) he reflected on his 25 years of work using his own body as subject, tool and material.
Wang Qingsong, the enfant terrible of contemporary Chinese art photography, stages grand, kitschy tableaux that call to mind traditional Chinese scrolls, allegorical Renaissance paintings, Socialist public sculptures and more.
During the Biennale, visitors to the MCA entrance are greeted by New York artist Roxy Paine’s large-scale structure. Roxy Paine’s work examines systems of growth and decay by setting them against processes of organic evolution and industrial construction.