05 PM | 19 Apr

Dark #Mofo at Museum of New and Old Art #MONA inc. Marina Abramović #fomo [#geekgirl]

The Museum of Old and New Art’s (MONA) winter festival Dark Mofo (12—22 June 2015) attracts more than 120,000 people to Hobart, over 10 days each June, to celebrate the dark through large-scale public art, food, film, music, light and noise.

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This year, in addition to an extended City of Hobart Dark Mofo Winter Feast, there is the new industrial harbourside festival precinct Dark Park packed with public art, a ‘late-night ceremonial death dance’ called Blacklist, a dark Nordic and Antipodean mix in the Dark Mofo Films program, a 72-hour ideas Hothouse in a large-scale temporary bamboo shelter at Salamanca, and much more.

To entice you further into the night, Mona offers its latest major exhibition, Private Archaeology by Marina Abramović (13 June—5 October).

Curated by Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne, Private Archaeology explores how Abramović—the world’s most recognised performance artist—has refined her creativity over her 40-year career to focus on her ideology ‘the art of the immaterial’. The exhibition includes more than 40 works: sound pieces, videoworks, photographs, sculptures and interactive works which showcase Abramović’s early foundational work with former lover and collaborative partner Ulay, as well as more recent and solo work.

Check out the Radio National competition that allows YOU AND A FRIEND to win a trip for two to Tassie to participate in Dark Mofo and Marina Abramović opening night event. Competition ends Sunday April 26th, 2015

12 PM | 12 Apr

Intimate Portraits of 50 #Artists and Their #Cats [#geekgirl]

Herbert Tobias / Photograph by Peter Fuerst; @ 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Although many have been considered an artist’s muse, none have served as repeatedly as the common feline. Often basking directly beside our world’s famous artists, cats have consistently served as creative companion and confidant. New from Chronicle Books is Artists and Their Cats, a collection of intimate portraits featuring many of the past century’s most recognizable artists and their feline counterparts.

Editor Alison Nastasi writes in the book’s introduction, “Many artists buck notions of a stereotypical temperament, but researchers have long speculated that creative individuals share common attributes—which mirror those of cats.” More than 50 pairs are highlighted throughout the book—cats perched on laps, desks, and even atop heads. Included in the cat compendium is everyone from Basquiat to Matisse with images of Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe in-between. Salvador Dali himself graces the cover with cane and noted Colombian ocelot Babou. Artists and Their Cats is now available in the Colossal Shop.

Source: Colossal Compiled by Alison Nastasi