Seems like it’s a good time to be indoors so here’s some arty stuff online you might enjoy…
Pine Copper Lime – The internet’s number one printmaking podcast. You can listen to me chat about my work as well as choose from many other episodes with wonderful printmakers. The website also has articles about the artists featured for you to read.
NAVA: In Conversation – Artists, curators and organisations discussing critical issues and ideas relating to the arts.
Talk Art – A podcast dedicated to the world of art hosted by Actor Russell Tovey and Gallerist Robert Diament.
National Gallery of Art Conversations with Artists Series – This series began in 1985 to highlight contemporary artists whose work is featured in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, USA.
Reading to do
Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting by Catherine Lampert – A chronicle of the artist’s life and career.
I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones – In the book, Grace takes us on a journey from her upbringing in Jamaica to her heyday in Paris and New York in the 70s and 80s, all the way to present-day London.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography by Burt Chernow – An intimate portrait of this artistic team (worth looking on ebay to get this book for a reasonable price).
Things to watch
Crown Point Press Magical Secrets – A series of short videos documenting artists working at the printmaking studio.
Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry – A feature length documentary exploring the roots of American tattooing through the life Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins.
Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? – A BBC documentary where Dr James Fox embarks on an open-minded guide to historical and contemporary conceptual art.
The Great Pottery Throwdown – A TV series where potters from around the United Kingdom travel to Stoke-on-Trent, the home of pottery, for a competition to become top potter. Check out Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3 – you’ll never leave the couch!
All the best to you and yours – stay safe and sound.
Hope 2020 is going well for you.
If you’re interested in checking out some art exhibitions during the year please find following dates for a load of shows I’ve got on that you might like to visit if you get the chance.
9 November 2019 – 23 February 2020
40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350 Australia
Open 7 days 10am – 5pm, free entry
This exhibition draws from the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s extensive collection of prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture, to reveal some of the ways animals have been depicted throughout history.
14 January – 18 February 2020
218c Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
Open Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 4pm, free entry
A lively group exhibition curated by Solander Gallery assistant Will Bennett showcasing new works by represented artists including yours truly.
No questions asked
17 April – 13 May 2020 – POSTPONED until April 2021
187 Liverpool Street, Hobart TAS 7000 Australia
Open Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm or by appointment, free entry
I’m thrilled to be having a solo exhibition of hand coloured linocut prints at Penny Contemporary for the first time. I’ll keep you updated as to when the show will take place in early 2021.
In the midst
18 June – 19 July – POSTPONED until May 2021
32 West Thebarton Road, Thebarton SA 5031 Australia
Open Thursday – Saturday 11am – 5pm & Sunday 1pm – 5pm, free entry
A group exhibition of printmaking including hand coloured linocuts by Rona Green, linocut prints by Heather Shimmen and intaglio prints by Deborah Williams.
Some they do and some they don’t and some you just can’t tell
27 June – 26 July 2020 – POSTPONED until late 2020
Burrinja Cultural Centre
351 Glenfern Road, Upwey VIC 3158 Australia
This solo exhibition is a presentation of my hand coloured linocut prints depicting anthropomorphised introduced domestic animals and native Australian animals. In association with the show I’m excited to be running a range of public programs including practical workshops for all ages so if you’d like to stay informed you might like to follow Burrnija on Instagram or Burrinja on Facebook or refer to the Burrinja website.
30 June – 19 July 2020 – CANCELLED
Australian Galleries Melbourne
28 Derby Street, Collingwood VIC 3066 Australia
Open 7 days 10am – 6pm, free entry
For this solo exhibition at the Australian Galleries Print Room in Melbourne I’m delighted to be displaying a selection of hand coloured linocut prints alongside pencil and ink drawings, in addition to introducing explorations with new mediums including embroidery and sculpture. In conjunction with the show I’ll be giving an artist talk including Q & A as well as holding meet and greet sessions at the gallery. Keep up to date with all things Australian Galleries on the AG Facebook page and the AG Instagram feed.
Lastly and most importantly
Art Aid for Gippsland
14 February – 15 March 2020
70 Foster Street, Sale VIC 3850 Australia
Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm & Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 15 March 2020
100 Foster Street, Sale VIC 3850 Australia
Art Aid for Gippsland is a fundraising exhibition organised by Gippsland Art Gallery to support the 2020 Gippsland Bushfire Appeal. An overwhelming number of artists have donated work to support this event so there will be a myriad of artworks available to bid on to raise funds for this worthy cause. On the final day of the exhibition, Sunday 15 March 2020, all artworks will be auctioned with profits going to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF). The works to be auctioned will be up online to view in February. For updates and further info follow the Gippsland Art Gallery FB page.
If you wish to receive exhibition invitations directly you can join the Rona Green mailing list via my website by clicking here.
Looking forward to seeing you around.
A happy new year to you!
If you are looking for reading or listening or watching tips to start off the new year here’s a few for you:
Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle by Clare Hunter is an intriguing overview about peoples from all over who have used sewing and embroidery as a form of communication.
The Modern Art Notes Podcast is hosted by Tyler Green who has thoughtful and intelligent chats with artists, curators, historians and authors.
Dolly Parton’s America is a 9 part series that takes the listener on a journey into the ‘Dollyverse’.
I adore comedian Gilbert Gottfried, and the documentary Gilbert: a Gilbert Gottfried story is an interesting insight into his life. He also hosts the delightfully vulgar yet highly informative and entertaining Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast alongside Frank Santopadre.
Lucian Freud: Painted Life is a BBC documentary on the life and work of the artist with contributions from friends, fellow artists and family members, and includes footage of Freud painting in his studio.
Peruse the Print Council of Australia blog to read interviews about all things works on paper.
Explore the interactive site for the 2014 MoMA exhibition Kiki Smith: Prints, Books & Things.
Check out the website of amazing artist Lubaina Himid.
Hope you enjoy 2020.
Hope you’re good and that you are enjoying 2019!
Here are a few recommendations for your consideration if you’re looking for some art related entertainment to kick off your year:
Summer Selection at Australian Galleries
28 and 35 Derby Street, Collingwood VIC 3066 Australia
Until 19 February 2019
A group exhibition of works by Australian Galleries artists
Mirka Mora: Pas De Deux – Drawings and Dolls at Heide Museum of Modern Art
7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC 3105 Australia
Until 24 March 2019
An exhibition commemorating the life and work of Australian artist Mirka Mora which is nothing short of amazing.
Anna Boghiguian at Tate St Ives
St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG UK
8 February – 6 May 2019
This retrospective exhibition is on the dream list (if only I could transport myself to the UK à la Star Trek!).
Books − creativity / businessy stuff
The dancing queen of routine gives you the low down on being productive.
A text book on how to get your arse into gear and make a living as an artist.
A mix of memoir and instruction this is a candid, enjoyable, useful read.
Books − contemporary art and art history
Only recently finished this book and I savoured every word. It is a beautifully written sharing of the ups and downs encountered when choosing to take a new direction in life.
Every book I’ve read written by Martin Gayford I have thoroughly relished, and this one is about some of my favourite artists making it all the more riveting.
Abstract Expressionism has always been of interest to me (especially the work of Helen Frankenthaler), and this book is extremely enlightening.
Books − artists work
Kiki Smith: Prints, Books and Things by Wendy Weitman
Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2003-04 − be sure to check out the accompanying website for the show.
Kerry James Marshall by Charles Gaines, Laurence Rassel and Greg Tate
As Sasha Grishin describes it, this is a “how Fogwell did it book”. Absolutely fabulous.
Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World directed by Barry Avrich
A tantalising / tormenting exposé depending on your vantage point!
Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists directed by Leslie Buchbinder
Love!!! As well here is a link to a clip of artist Jim Nutt talking and painting.
You can also watch a short doco about my work if you’ve got 22 minutes to spare.
Maria Stoljar asks Australian painters all you ever wanted to know in a relaxed conversational way, and the show notes for this podcast are excellent.
Artists Helping Artists hosted by Leslie Saeta
Almost a decade of AHA episodes to scour for ideas about art marketing as well as plenty of interviews with artists (with a particular focus on plein air painters). Leslie Saeta is always accompanied by a co-host making this an informal yet informative style podcast.
As Tom Gerrard is an artist himself he is great at squeezing out as much info possible from his diverse range of creative guests.
Here’s just a handful of the engaging artists I follow:
And you can follow me on Insta too – @ronagreenart
In case you missed the exhibition My Monster: The Human-Animal Hybrid at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 29 June – 18 August 2018, here is a selection of installation shots for your viewing pleasure.
Curated by Evelyn Tsitas, My Monster: The Human-Animal Hybrid examined the artistic representation of the human-animal hybrid from mythology to movies; taxidermy to biotechnology; painting and photography to multi-sensory immersive sound installations.
The exhibiting artists included Rose Agnew, Jane Alexander, Janet Beckhouse, Peter Booth, Jazmina Cininas, Kate Clark, Catherine Clover, Beth Croce, Julia deVille, Heri Dono, Peter Ellis, Moira Finucane & Shinjuku Thief, Rona Green, Ai Hasegawa, Rayner Hoff, Sam Jinks, Deborah Kelly, Bharti Kher, Deborah Klein, Oleg Kulik, Sam Leach, Norman Lindsay, Sidney Nolan, Eko Nugroho, Kira O’Reilly & Jennifer Willet, Patricia Piccinini, Geoffrey Ricardo, Lisa Roet, Mithu Sen, Maja Smrekar & Manuel Vason, Ronnie van Hout, (((20hz))).
You can click here to read ‘Animal Instinct: our long fascination with hybrids’, a review of the My Monster exhibition by Kylie Northover published in The Age.
Installation views My Monster: The Human-Animal Hybrid, RMIT Gallery, Photography by Mark Ashkanasy © RMIT Gallery.
Very excited to share with you details about a few group exhibitions…
24 May – 24 June 2018
32 West Thebarton Road, Thebarton SA 5031 Australia
Open Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm, free entry
Habitat is an audio-visual exhibition combining the work of nine Australian printmakers, including GW Bot, Jan Davis, Graham Fransella, Rona Green, Alexi Keywan, Martin King, Bruce Latimer, Travis Paterson and Melissa Smith, with corresponding interpretive soundscapes by curator and artist Jay-Dea Lopez.
The exhibition officially opens at West Gallery Thebarton in Adelaide at 6pm on Friday 25 May and runs until Sunday 24 June 2018.
2 June – 15 July 2018
152 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302 Australia
Open 7 days 10am – 3pm, closed public holidays, free entry
Turn three times before laying down is an exhibition of work about the animal world by Mikaela Castledine, Stephen Castledine, Megan Evans, Rona Green, Kyoko Imazu, Mandy Renard and Deborah Williams, curated by Leonie Oakes.
29 June – 18 August 2018
344 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
Open Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm, Thursday 11am – 7pm, Saturday 12pm – 5pm, closed Sunday and public holidays, free entry
My Monster is an exhibition that celebrates the 200th anniversary year of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein and the enduring fascination with the human animal hybrid, curated by Evelyn Tsitas.
The exhibiting artists include Jane Alexander (South Africa), Rose Agnew, Janet Beckhouse, Peter Booth, Jazmina Cininas, Kate Clark (USA), Catherine Clover, Beth Croce, Julia deVille, Heri Dono (ID), Peter Ellis, Rona Green, Moira Finucane, Rayner Hoff, Ronnie van Hout, Sam Jinks, Deborah Kelly, Bharti Kher (IND), Deborah Klein, Oleg Kulik (Ukraine / Russia), Sam Leach, Norman Lindsay, Sidney Nolan, Eko Nugroho (ID), Patricia Piccinini, Kira O’Reilly & Jennifer Willet (Ireland / Canada), Lisa Roet, Geoffrey Ricardo, Mithu Sen (IND), Maja Smrekar (Slovenia) and Ronnie Van Hout, (((20hz))).
Rona will be taking part in a talk about the exhibition at RMIT Gallery from 12.30pm – 1.30pm on Friday 6 July 2018 and all are welcome to attend.
If you’re keen to hear about future events you can sign up to the Rona Green mailing list by clicking here – you’ll be sent exhibition invitations as well as info about related activities and public programs. And if you provide a postal address you’ll also receive a new subscriber welcome parcel of goodies.