Due to the lockdown in Sydney, in July we hosted our first virtual event for our ART SIGNIFIKANT Art Education program with our first ever Zoom presentation: Steven Miller│’Dogs in Australian Art’.
Steven Miller is the Head of the Edmund and Joanna Capon Research Library and Archive at the Art Gallery of NSW. He has worked in commercial and public galleries since the late 1980’s and published widely on art. His publication ‘Awakening: Four lives in art’ (2015) is an exploration of the creation of national identity through art. His light-hearted ‘Dogs in Australian Art’ was recently republished in an expanded edition.
Expanding on the book Steven launched the brilliant and fascinating instagram account @dogsinozart, a very entertaining look at art history that appeals to dog lovers. Steven has shared the work of Petrina Hicks who has featured dogs as one of the recurring animals in her work. This led to the idea of suggesting an evening for Art Signifikant members to introduce them to the delights of this fascinating focus of dogs in art history.
Illustrated are Petrina Hicks “Lambswool’ and ‘Wolf’ 2008 from The Descendants series, with “Lambswool’ currently on exhibition in Gothique Blanc at the Australian Embassy in Paris. This special presentation for Art Signifikant members was intended to take place in the gallery during Petrina Hicks current exhibition ‘Fly through the candle’s mouth like a singeless moth’ but was instead shared as a virtual experience.
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