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!

Author: Nick tobias