NGV Magazine

Features in this issue

CAI GUO-QIANG: THE TRANSIENT LANDSCAPE

‘I’m quite taken with the undercurrent of death in these works, perhaps because they are exhibited together with objects excavated from graves. My exhibition embraces the other side – an invisible dimension – of our country, culture and life.’

By Cai Guo-Qiang

TERRACOTTA WARRIORS: GUARDIANS OF IMMORTALITY

‘The terracotta warriors capture that reign of terror in their scale, number and individual character. Individually crafted, they embody the martial spirit, force and vitality of the troops at the Qin emperor’s command.’

By Tonia Eckfeld

JULIAN ROSEFELDT: IN THE LAND OF DROUGHT

‘In the Land of Drought was shot entirely with a drone… The bird’s-eye view creates meditative images and gives the bleak landscapes a painterly feel.’

By Katharina Prugger

PETRINA HICKS: BLEACHED GOTHIC

‘The tension between seduction and danger, familiarity and strangeness, intimacy and distance, are present in many of the artist’s works, which are rich with mythological, biblical and historical symbolism but avoid easy categorisation.’

By Maria Quirk

A FAIRY TALE IN RED TIMES

‘What distinguishes art being produced in China today from contemporary art elsewhere? Part of the answer to this question is its unique history.’

By Luise Guest

SECRET LIFE OF ART: Jospeh Wright of Derby

‘We can only speculate as to the artist’s motivations for the many unusual features in his daughter’s portrait, but we can be sure that he would have been an amused and interested onlooker to our modern efforts to bring his idiosyncratic painting process and hidden secrets to light.’

By Carl Villis