October 18, 2010 - Queensland Art Gallery - 21st Century: Art in the First Decade
October 18, 2010

21st Century: Art in the First Decade

Almagul Menlibayeva, “Wrapping history,” 2010.
Duratrans print in lightbox, 91 x 122cm.*

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
18 December 2010 – 25 April 2011

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Place, Brisbane
Director: Tony Ellwood

’21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ encompasses an exhibition, publication, blog and a series of public programs that explore the art of the past ten years. Marking the end of the first decade of the new millennium, the project will examine current directions in art practice and also reflect on the conditions for art and exhibition making in the 21st Century. The exhibition includes over 200 works by more than 120 senior and emerging artists from over 45 countries, with most of the work drawn from the Queensland Art Gallery’s own collection.

The Queensland Art Gallery has forged new territory in contemporary art over the past 20 years with its Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) exhibition series, Children’s Art Centre, Australian Cinémathèque and Asian and Pacific collections. ’21st Century’ signals a new commitment to be truly international across its contemporary art collection. The exhibition highlights the Gallery’s acquisitions over the past decade with works from Australia, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North, South and Central America alongside a series of ambitious commissions, key loans and interactive works for children.

Artists/Collaborative Groups

Adel ABDESSEMED (Algeria), AH XIAN (China/Australia), AI Weiwei (China), Tony ALBERT (Girramay people, Australia), Francis ALŸS (Belgium), Armando ANDRADE TUDELA (Peru), Brook ANDREW (Australia), THE ATLAS GROUP / WALID RAAD (Lebanon), Jack BELL (Wik-Mungkan people, Australia), Richard BELL (Australia), Pierre BISMUTH (France), Céleste BOURSIER-MOUGENOT (France), Martin BOYCE (Scotland), Candice BREITZ (South Africa), Olaf BREUNING (Switzerland), Frédéric BRULY BOUABRÉ (Ivory Coast), Jake & Dinos CHAPMAN (England), Claude CLOSKY (France), Nigel COOKE (England), Justine COOPER (Australia/United States), Martin CREED (Scotland), DECOLONIZING ARCHITECTURE INSTITUTE (Palestine), Thomas DEMAND (Germany), Nathalie DJURBERG (Sweden), Latifa ECHAKHCH (Morocco/France), Olafur ELIASSON (Denmark), Tracey EMIN (England), Leandro ERLICH (Argentina), Kota EZAWA (Germany/United States), Monir Shahroudy FARMANFARMAIAN (Iran), Spencer FINCH (United States), Parastou FOROUHAR (Iran), Andrea FRASER (United States), Sally GABORI (Kaiadilt people, Australia), Sally GARRIMARRA (Ganalbingu people, Australia), Shaun GLADWELL (Australia), Katharina GROSSE (Germany), Fiona HALL (Australia), Romuald HAZOUMÉ (Benin), Bill HENSON (Australia), Damien HIRST (England), Carsten HÖLLER (Belgium), HU Yang (China), Emily JACIR (Palestine/United States), Lorna JIN-GUBARANGUNYJA (Burarra people, Australia), Isaac JULIEN (England), William KENTRIDGE (South Africa), Bharti KHER (India), Anastasia KLOSE (Australia), Yvonne KOOLMATRIE (Ngarrindjeri people, Australia), Craig KOOMEETA (Wik-Alkan people, Australia), Susanne KRIEMANN (Germany), Yayoi KUSAMA (Japan), LEE Mingwei (Taiwan/United States), Birmuyingathi Maali Netta LOOGATHA (with Rayarriwarrtharrbayingat Amy LOOGATHA, Sally GABORI, Warthadangathi Bijarrba Ethel THOMAS, Thunduyingathi Bijarrb May MOODOONUTHI, Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula PAUL, and Dawn NARANATJIL) (Kaiadilt people, Australia), Shirley MALGARRICH (Burarra people, Australia), Gabriella MANGANO & Silvana MANGANO (Australia), David MARPOONDIN (Wik-Ngathan/Wik-Me’an people, Australia), Ryan McGINLEY (United States), Jorge MÉNDEZ BLAKE (Mexico), Almagul MENLIBAYEVA (Kazakhstan), Aernout MIK (The Netherlands), Tracey MOFFATT (Australia/United States), Thunduyingathi Bijarrb May MOODOONUTHI (Kaiadilt people, Australia), Callum MORTON (Australia), Arlo MOUNTFORD (England/Australia), Mary NALMAKARRA (Burarra people, Australia), Garry NAMPONAN (Wik-Ngathan/ Wik-Alkan people, Australia), Leigh NAMPONAN (Wik-Ngathan/ Wik-Alkan people, Australia), Wirrngajingathi Bijarrb Dawn NARANATJIL (Kaiadilt people, Australia), Moataz NASR (Egypt), Rivane NEUENSCHWANDER (Brazil), Chris OFILI (England), Julian OPIE (England), Gabriel OROZCO (Mexico), Arthur Koo-ekka PAMBEGAN Jr (Wik-Mungkan people, Australia), Fiona PARDINGTON (New Zealand), Junebum PARK (South Korea), Campbell PATTERSON (England/New Zealand), Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula PAUL (Kaiadilt people, Australia), Paola PIVI (Italy), John PULE (Niue/New Zealand), Tobias PUTRIH (Slovenia), Marc QUINN (England), Rashid RANA (Pakistan), Robin RHODE (South Africa), David ROSETZKY (Australia), Thomas RUFF (Germany), Edward RUSCHA (United States), Tony SCHWENSEN (Australia/United States), Yinka SHONIBARE M.B.E (England), SOUTHERN LADIES ANIMATION GROUP (SLAG) (Australia), Jana STERBAK (Czech Republic/Canada), Beat STREULI (Switzerland), SUPERFLEX (Rasmus NIELSEN, Jakob FENGER & Bjørnstjerne CHRISTIANSEN) (Denmark), Ricky SWALLOW (Australia/United States), Mitra TABRIZIAN (Iran/England), Pascale Marthine TAYOU (Cameroon), THUKRAL & TAGRA (India), Guy TILLIM (South Africa), Rirkrit TIRAVANIJA (Thailand), THE TISSUE CULTURE AND ART PROJECT (Australia), Ryan TRECARTIN (United States), TSUI Kuang-Yu (Taiwan), UNKNOWN ARTISTS (Ghana), Sharif WAKED (Palestine/Israel), Kara WALKER (United States), WANG Qingsong (China), Louise WEAVER (Australia), Keith WIKMUNEA (Wik-Mungkan/Wik-Alkan people, Australia), Agnes WILINGGIRRA (Burarra (Martay dialect) people, Australia), XU Zhen (China), YANG Fudong (China), Roderick YUNKAPORTA (Wik-Mungkan people, Australia), ZHOU Xiaohu (China), Artur ŻMIJEWSKI (Poland).

Director: Tony Ellwood


www.21cblog.com is an expanded platform and online source book that gathers reference material, artist contributions and contextual information on works and projects included in the exhibition, complemented by a forthcoming series of feature contributions by curators, writers and artists. Guest contributors from December 2010 to April 2011 include: Negar Azimi, Mark Fisher, Marina Fokidis, Andrew Frost, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Ghassan Hage, Barbad Golshiri, Jens Hoffman, Ranjit Hoskote, Rose Issa, Lisette Lagnado, Marcia Langton, Angela Ndalianis, Andrew Maerkle, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Adriano Pedrosa, Michael Smith and Tom Vanderbilt.


A scholarly publication will full colour plates features informative and in-depth texts by a range of writers and curators. Curatorial essays explore some of the dominant strands of contemporary art practice which emerge in the Queensland Art Gallery collection while critical essays by leading Australian and international writers contextualise the role and nature of art in the 21st century. Contributors include Nancy Adajania, Claire Bishop, David Burnett, Rex Butler, Nicholas Chambers, José Da Silva, TJ Demos, Juliana Engberg, Julie Ewington, Ian McLean, Kobena Mercer, Terry Smith, Russell Storer, Miranda Wallace and Kathryn Weir. To order visit: www.australianartbooks.com.au

Media Contact

For additional information, images, or interview requests, please contact:
Amelia Gundelach | Senior Media Officer
T: + 61 (0)7 3840 7162 | F: + 61 (0)7 3840 7257
E: amelia.gundelach@qag.qld.gov.au

Images: www.qag.qld.gov.au/21stcentury/media

*Image above:
Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation.

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