Friday, February 15, 2019

A Day of Exhibitions

Spent the morning at the NGV viewing the Julian Opie exhibit.
He is one of Britain's leading living artists, whose work has influenced the wider field of popular culture more than that of any other artist of his generation. 
A wide range of subjects, rendered in painting, sculpture and film.
 View of the Moon Over Manatsuru Peninsular.
 Water Pump
Several of his works moved in animation. The water pump wheel turned in circles.

 A cool morning became quite warm.

2nd exhibition was at the State Library of Victoria viewing "World of Book".
An exhibition worth seeing on the 4th floor of the library.

  • Books and ideas – medieval manuscripts and early printed books, sacred texts from around the world and from different religious traditions, alongside books that changed the world, including key works of philosophy and political thought
  • Books and imagination – famous works from the literary canon (such as the legends of King Arthur and the works of Geoffrey Chaucer), modernist classics by Gertrude Stein, children’s books, Australian authors, 1930s sci fi magazines, and Australian pulp fiction
  • Exploring the world – atlases, maps and travel journals from European voyages of discovery from the 16th century onwards, with a special focus on Australia and the South Pacific region; and richly illustrated works of natural history
  • Art and nature – botanical art and landscape design from the 16th century to today, drawing on works by key artists, designers and botanists, such as Pierre Joseph Redouté, John Sibthorp, Humphry Repton, Edna Walling and Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Artist and books – including fine bindings from the John Emmerson Collection, Japanese woodblock printed books, magnificent engravings of ancient Rome’s ruins by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and contemporary Australian graphic design and artist books. 

 While the original purpose of binding books was to protect their pages, the art of fine bookbinding transformed books into objects of beauty. French bindings of the 18th C are celebrated as representing the peak of traditional  binding crafts. 
 Marbling, the art of printing multi-coloured patterns on paper or fabric, was practiced in Japan by the 12th century. It was in use in Turkey and Persia by the 15th C before spreading to Europe.

Healing Scrolls.
 Pattern inspiration on 2 buildings.


  1. The State Library is fabulous, love seeing what took your interest in the exhibition. The marbled papers are gorgeous.

  2. Both exhibitions are well worth going to by the look of it. Thanks for the photos.

  3. I'm sure you had a great time in town.

  4. The book exhibition looks wonderful, and I love the pastel colours on that building.

  5. Fabulous post. When is your sm exhibition?

  6. The book exhibition must have been right up your sleeve!

  7. The books look like they were interesting.