Happy New Year 2015! I have a few exciting posts coming up for 2015 and can't wait to share them with you. Expect more regular posting.
I was very lucky to have been able to go to Canberra recently to visit family and see some amazing exhibitions. Today I want to talk aboutJames Turrell's show"James Turrell: A Retrospective" 13 December 2014 – 8 June 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra. This is a paid exhibition costing $20.39- $45.88. The more expensive premium tickets are for experiencing 'Perceptual cell', which I unfortunately didn't get to do because it was booked out when I was there. Also note that 'Within without' is part of the permanent collection and can be viewed for free, this work is best viewed at dawn or dusk to fully appreciate the lighting effects.
So what did I think? I really loved seeing & experiencing both his earlier works through to his more recent immersive works. I also loved seeing other visitors have a sense of curiosity and wonder about the work. I loved the show so much I plan on seeing it again when I go back up to work on a commission and I hope to be able to get a ticket to the 'Perceptual cell'. Premium tickets are selling out fast so if you plan on going to Canberra try and book the tickets now otherwise you might miss out.
As photos were not allowed in the exhibition, here are some images and a video provided by NGA.
James Turrell Virtuality squared 2014 Ganzfeld: built space, LED lights 800 x 1400 x 1940.5 cm (overall) Collection James Turrell Image: National Gallery of Australia
James Turrell Bindu shards 2010 Perceptual cell: fiberglass and metal. Light program 420.8 x 653.1 x 607.1 cm (sphere) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2014 Image: National Gallery of Australia
This annual competition, established as part of Australia’s bi-centennial celebrations in 1988, has grown to be one of the country’s most prestigious art awards, attracting almost 1,000 entries in 2014, up ten percent on last year’s entries.
The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize awards an acquisitive prize of $150,000 to the winner, plus $1,000 to each of 30 finalists.
The competition invites entries of original works from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from their own circle of experience.
Thirty of these works will be selected as finalists and be on display at the 2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize exhibition, which will be open to the public free of charge throughout the summer, from October 29, 2014, to February 15, 2015, at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney.