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From bravery and war to companionship and play – the new NGV Magazine looks at joy and humanity in art and design. We meet two designers who were both tenacious and playful in their work, with the late Dame Zaha Hadid and Eva Zeisel, trace the life of artist, father and soldier Richard St George Mansergh-St George, learn about the story of a warrior and a widow on a 15th century wedding chest and reconsider a c.1940 watercolour in the context of equality today. We also introduce the new exhibition KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, with an interview with artist Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS.Buy now
‘First I chose KAWS for the way the letters balanced with each other, but later I realised that by working under this name it becomes harder for people to form opinions about who is making the work and leaves them with just the work.’
By Simon MaidmentSECRET LIFE OF ART Zaha Hadid: Wave Sofa
‘It is no coincidence that Hadid used architectural theory in her furniture designs, as both modern furniture and modern architecture shared the same guiding principle of requiring a lot of detail and attention in order to achieve a look of minimal detail’.
By Suzi ShawMUSEUM SPOTLIGHT Museum of the American Revolution
‘Gainsborough’s portrait marked the beginning of a twenty-year period in which St George fought against two revolutions … losing his health, his wife, and ultimately his life in the process.’
By Matthew SkicDEEP READ A silent and invisible conversation
‘I wanted to feel, again, that transfixing moment of silent communion with an artist, empty of judgment or even discernment.’
By Cate KennedyLIFE & TIMES Eva Zeisel
‘For Zeisel, Modernism and its products offered neither ‘amusement nor beauty’ and failed to establish emotional connections between the object and user.’
By Amanda DunsmoreSTUDIO NGV Gala Chef Paul Carmichael
‘I wouldn’t say that working in New York itself has influenced my craft, but the people – not only good chefs, but good people.’
Paul Carmichael, Executive Chef, Momofuku Seiōbo prepares for NGV Gala