‘Big Words (Not Mine) Read the words “public space”…’ Book Launch
Rose Nolan

Sat 18 Mar 17, 11.30am

Past program

Free entry

NGV International

Melbourne Art Book Fair discussion space
Ground Level

This artists’ book returns Vito Acconci’s text, that inspired Nolan’s large scale installation, back to the codex form of the book. With Acconci’s text broken into strings of letters, the book interrogates the relationship between documentation and representation and explores Nolan’s continued interest in materials, process and seriality.


Rose Nolan
Rose Nolan is a contemporary artist whose practice regularly oscillates between the discrete and the monumental, incorporating installation, painting, photography, prints and book production. Nolan regularly employs utilitarian materials and methods in her exploration of personal, playful and often self-effacing, narratives. Solo exhibitions include: Irrational Thoughts and Immodest Gestures, 2015 and Performance Architecture, 2013 at Anna Schwartz Gallery; The Solo Projects, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2011; and Why We Do the Things We Do, Artspace, Sydney and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2008. Group exhibitions include: Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013–14; Contemporary Australia: Women, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2012; and Artists Proof #1, Monash University Museum of Art, 2012. Her artwork is included in the collections of: National Gallery of Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales; National Gallery of Victoria; Heide Museum of Modern Art and private collections. Rose Nolan lives and works in Melbourne and is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith is a public art museum director and exhibitions and collections curator who has worked in the art museum sector for 25 years. Currently director of Geelong Gallery, Smith was the Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art from 2014 to 2016 and the Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art from 2008 to 2014 during which time he led the critically acclaimed reinvigoration of the Museum’s cultural programming and artistic direction. He was the Director of Monash Gallery of Art from 2007 to 2008 and held the position of Curator, Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria from 1997 to 2007 where he worked closely with many leading Australian and international contemporary artists. He has curated over 40 exhibitions and has written on the work of more than 150 artists for a range of publications.

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