A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift
16 Dec 2017 – 19 May 2019
'A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift' is the story of a deep commitment to contemporary art and to the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Since 2002, Tim Fairfax AC has supported the acquisition of some of the most remarkable works to have entered the Collection. Reflecting this generosity, this touring exhibition presents works by both renowned and emerging artists, from large-scale artworks to intimate photographic works. The donor's willingness to venture into new collection-building territory, particularly with acquisitions from Africa, South America and the Pacific, is also apparent in the great diversity of works on display.
Art helps us to channel, refract, activate and recalibrate our understanding of the familiar, to see the world anew. The human body and human experience of the world is at the centre of all of these works. Together, they allow us to develop a richer perspective on our place in the world, and to participate more fully in the process of shaping what it might become.
These artworks invite a multi-layered perspective of the world, asking us to empathise with others. We are invited to move with a ballet of traditional hand gestures in Siva in Motion by Shigeyuki Kihara, and be mesmerised by Robin Rhode's animation Promenade. Is Michael Parekowhai's shiny, larger-than-life security guard Kapa Haka (Whero) an imposing or playful figure to be feared or revered?
'A World View' is a fitting tribute to Tim Fairfax AC , whose extraordinary commitment has helped to bring works by leading international artists into our state Collection for Queenslanders to enjoy now, and into the future.
An accompanying Education resource is available to download
16 December 2017 – 24 February 2018 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
09 March – 15 April 2018 Gold Coast City Gallery
21 July – 16 September 2018 Cairns Art Gallery
28 September – 11 November 2018 Gympie Regional Gallery
10 January – 9 March 2019 Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
6 April – 19 May 2019
YVONNE TODD (DESIGNER) / New Zealand b.1973 / Victorian Tapestry Workshop Australia est.1976 / SUE BATTEN (WEAVER) Australia b.1958 / AMY CORNALL (WEAVER) Australia b.1982 / Alice Bayke 2008 / Cotton warp with wool and cotton weft / Commissioned 2006 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, and Gina Fairfax through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.
MICHAEL PAREKOWHAI / Ngati Whakarongo New Zealand b. 1968 / Kapa Haka (Whero) 2003 / Medium Automotive paint on fibreglass / Purchased 2009 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.