Art and the Middle East Conflict

Gaza Strip — The images of so many houses destroyed, so many bomb blasts, even so many bodies wrapped in burial shrouds can begin to blur together, indistinguishable. But Belal Khaled, a young photojournalist and painter in this southern Gaza town, saw symbols and stories in the smoke all around him…….

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Read the full article from KHAN YOUNIS here

ArtExpress at the AGNSW

I was at the AGNSW leg of the 2011 ArtExpress exhibition recently and had the opportunity to snap a few images on my phone. Any art teacher here in NSW knows what this is about and should be deservedly proud that senior high school students have the opportunity to have their talents nurtured by such a group of committed educators. For anyone from outside NSW see my post at Adobe Education Leaders for a fuller explanation of the selection process. Of course it’s wise to remember that the curatorial decisions of the various galleries are just that and may not necessarily represent the best of the pool of works put aside for the curatorial teams.

On another note, the show at the Armory Gallery at Newington is the biggest of the exhibitions with Bodies of Work from over 60 students on display. I saw the show last week and it’s truly worth the visit. The Armory show is themed around representations of the landscape and as usual there’s some extraordinary work there. The students, their parents and teachers are no doubt justifiably proud.

Small faculty promowe have 3 students from Wyndham College in that show and one at AGNSW

These exhibitions speak highly of the quality of art education in NSW.

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See the full selection of works from the Art Gallery of NSW

I’ll be posting slide-shows from other venues in the coming weeks.

Strength in numbers

Stage 3 of the R.E.W.I.R.E project is live. Rewired is a social networking and micro blogging site for K-12 Creative Arts teachers in NSW. Create an account and set up your own page.

Blog, create groups, participate in forums, chat live with other members, post photo’s, embed or post video content, upload files, embed WordPress content, stay up to date with network activity with Mobile and desktop apps etc. Above all it’s free, and when eventually opened out to national and international membership has the capacity to cater for up to 10,000 teachers. Share with, support and strengthen the Creative Arts teaching community.

Join here

Parliamentary Plein Air Finalists 2011

Finalists for the NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photography Prize and Secondary Schools Competition  have been published at the Plein air Photography Prize website.

Click on the image below to view

Missing form this years list are some of the big names in Australian photography such as Dean Sewell, William Yang, Peter Elliston and Andrew Quilty.

The exhibition at Parliament House runs from 2nd – 25th August.

Now and Then | Nicole French

I had the pleasure of working with Nicole at Cranebrook HIgh School for a number of years. An extraordinary teacher who could get things done before most people could think about it. I moved on from there and Nicole went to Singleton High the following year. She’s now doing great work there, some of which you can read about here.

“In December ABC Open held a workshop with students and community members at Singleton Library, which resulted in a new visual take on history, putting from the old images into a contemporary setting.

Singleton High School visual arts teacher Nicole French said the students found the project challenging and rewarding.

Now and Then is a project that takes old images back to the original location they were originally photographed, and rephotographing the old images lined up against the contemporary background.

The results of Now and Then workshops all over regional Australia can be seen at the project gallery at the ABC Open site, and can be searched by Now or Then dates.”

Image courtesy of http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2011/01/17/3114821.htm

Cindy Sherman at Gagosian

I think they are the most realistic characters I have done. I completely empathised with them. They could be me. That’s what was really scary, how easy it was to make myself look like that.
–Cindy Sherman

Installation View

see the full preview here

Art History / 30 Years of Art Journalism

For their 30th Anniversary, the German ‘Arts Magazine’ conceived a photographic exhibition that present Portraits of 70 artists from the last 30 years in an art journalism context and as an exhibition independent

Among the works selected are portraits of Robert Rauschenberg, Daniel Richter, Gilbert & George, Hanne Darboven, Jonathan Meese, Martin Kippenberger, Dash Snow and many other known and not so known artists. Among the photographers are Jürgen Frank, Det Kempke, Robert Lebeck. Robert Lebeck’s portrait of Fernando Botero was the cover of the first edition of ‘Art’ back in October 1979. The exhibition is currently on show at Art Cologne 2009 (until April 26, 2009).

In this video, Ute Thon and Editor in Chief Tim Sommer talk about the concept of the exhibition, how they selected the artists – and their favorite photos.