On and on it goes…

 

If you are housebound (hello Melburnians!) or still choosing to spend time a lot of time indoors, here’s a few recommendations for entertaining yourself, if you’re looking for tips.

 

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Rona Green, Foxy and Wanda, 2020, hand coloured linocut, 28 x 50 cm

 

Art Galleries – online

Australian Galleries have exhibitions online for you to view at your leisure.

Check out the McClelland National Small Sculpture Awards catalogue via the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery website.

Hauser & Wirth have launched an online exhibition program that includes virtual tours.

If you like digging deep, you can explore public gallery collections online such as Geelong Gallery and Gippsland Art Gallery in Australia, as well as the international collections of the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands and Museo del Prado in Spain.

And for the wee ones check out Tate Kids.

 

Podcasts

Only Artists BBC Radio 4 conversation series.

Grounded with Louis Theroux.

Recording Artists Season 1 Radical Women.

Homo Sapiens by Alan Cumming and Christopher Sweeney.

The Jealous Curator interviews.

 

Books – Kindle editions

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone By Olivia Laing.

Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins.

Just Kids by Patti Smith.

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal.

Hockney: The Biography Volume 1 and Volume 2 by Christopher Simon Sykes.

 

Stuff to watch

Celebrity Painting Challenge from the BBC.

Life Drawing Live via SBS on demand (Australian and UK versions).

What do artists do all day? series.

A Picture of the Painter Howard Hodgkin documentary.

And if you have a library card get yourself a free Kanopy Films account to access loads of documentaries and movies.

 

That’s all for now. Wishing you well!

 


Time to unwind

 

Seems like it’s a good time to be indoors so here’s some arty stuff online you might enjoy…

 

Rona Green

 

Easy listening

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).

Songwriters on Songwriting and More Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo – Two volumes where songwriters of our time offer their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on their art.

 

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!

 

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Rona Green, Ddraig, 2019, hand coloured linocut, 39 x 37 cm

 

All the best to you and yours – stay safe and sound.

 


Happy new year

 

A happy new year to you!

 

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Rona Green, Wylie and Kev, 2019, hand coloured linocut, 27 x 53 cm

 

If you are looking for reading or listening or watching tips to start off the new year here’s a few for you:

 

Books

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.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris is a collection of ridiculously funny autobiographical essays by this most humorous fellow.

Birdland is a book of exquisite photographs by Australian photographer Leila Jeffreys.

 

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Leila Jeffreys

 

Podcasts

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is hosted by Tyler Green who has thoughtful and intelligent chats with artists, curators, historians and authors.

Invisibilia on NPR is a showcase of strange science-y stories.

Dolly Parton’s America is a 9 part series that takes the listener on a journey into the ‘Dollyverse’.

 

Dolly and Popeye

Dolly Parton and Popeye

 

Audiovisual

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a 2019 web TV series about the world of Thra, that’s a prequel to the film The Dark Crystal made in 1982, and both are wonderful to watch.

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.

 

Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud

 

Web

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.

 

Lubaina Hibid

Lubaina Himid

 

Hope you enjoy 2020.