November 29, 2013

The announcement that Fiona Hall is to represent Australia a the 2015 Venice Biennale is great news indeed! A seasoned artist, and an excellent sculptor, Hall has the gravItas we need to make a robust impression on this most prestigious of international art stage. There’s a certain Australian-ness to Hall’s work – which nonetheless sidesteps jingoism or cringe. I love the way she transforms the everyday, making ordinary things express extraordinarily supple ideas about consumerism, colonialism and the global condition. The show will be curated by Linda Michael of Heidi Museum of Modern Art in Victoria. And it will be the first to take place in the new Australian pavilion at the Giardini, designed by Denton Corker Marshall. Me? I’m a member of the Commissioner’s Council, active in an ambassadorial, strategic and support role. Venice 2015 – bring it on!

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November 15, 2013

On a recent visit to Melbourne, I strolled past the construction site of the Collins Square complex, a new vital stop-off point between Docklands and the central CBD. Developed by Lang Walker in association with Hassell Architects, it involves two office towers with elegant dining and retail spaces; nothing too new there. But what is truly extraordinary is the bright yellow (echoing Melbourne’s eternally controversial ‘Yellow Peril’ aka Vault?) geometric canopy linking the two spaces across a narrow laneway, designed by artist Dion Horstmans. Like his freestanding and wall-mounted sculptures (you can see these at the Flinders Lane Gallery), the powder-coated steel structure plays with space/no-space, the solid and the void. And like his artworks, this architectural element also evokes a sense of dynamic motion (it is, he told me back in Sydney later ‘based on a body of work called Supersonic, an allusion to the great transformative cloud created by F18 jet planes as …

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November 12, 2013

What can we say? Arguably the most iconic harbourside home, one of the most spectacular views of the Opera House, City and Bridge, an immaculate aspect out to the Heads… the superlative has not yet been invented to sum up the breath-taking nature of this site. And we are chuffed to have been chosen to massage Altona into the 21st century, making this historic home into the ultimate high luxury contemporary living experience. Stay tuned for details!






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