On Saturday Mr A and I took some time out for a gallery visit and ended up seeing three exhibitions in the cultural precinct at South Brisbane. Tucked away in a back corner of the Queensland Art Gallery at the moment is a show featuring Japanese printmaking created after 1950, Hanga, which officially opens next Saturday. There are more than 60 pieces in the exhibition, ranging from the very traditional to the contemporary end of the scale.
I loved this untitled piece by Kumi Sugai – simple colours, shapes and patterns can be so visually striking.
Of the traditional works, this piece titled ‘Temple and Persimmon Tree’ by Kiyoshi Saito caught my eye. He became known for his reduction woodblock prints (progressively cutting and printing from a single woodblock to create one image) and use of a limited colour palette.
On our way out we wandered through a display of works from the gallery’s Australian collection, where of course I lingered in the post-war room after spotting this fabulous Grant Featherston chair from 20 paces!
Then it was off to the State Library to see their Hot Modernism exhibition, about post-war architecture in Queensland. Along with some of the iconic buildings that still grace the Brisbane skyline (like the Torbreck apartments at Highgate Hill), it was interesting learning about the special features of some of our less salubrious structures, such as the Wickham Terrace carpark. History lesson aside, this gallery visit reaffirmed that I’m all about the interiors!
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