Still Life Now

24 Sep 2022 – 12 Mar 2023
GOMA | Gallery 2.1 | Free

‘Still Life Now’ considers the way artists today are drawing on the ideas of the still life tradition to create contemporary commentary on the nature of life and existence — including the memento mori (the stoic visual reminder of the inevitability of death) and the vanitas still life (the use of elaborate spreads to highlight the transience of life and excess).

By approaching the still life as a platform for transformative thinking and new conversations, the artists bring together themes of preservation, stillness, transformation and opulence across painting, sculpture and time-based media to engage with contemporary cultural and political issues and promote social change.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a screening program at the Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA.

Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin 1992

Yayoi Kusama, Japan b.1929 / Pumpkin 1992 / Colour screenprint on paper / 84 x 71cm / Purchased 1996 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Yayoi Kusama.

Damien Hirst For the love of God, laugh 2007

Damien Hirst, United Kingdom b.1965 / For the love of God, laugh 2007 / Silkscreen print with glazes and diamond dust on paper / 100 x 75cm / Purchased 2008 with funds from the Estate of Lawrence F. King in memory of the late Mr and Mrs S.W. King through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All Rights Reserved. DACS/Copyright Agency.