Half a Century in the Public Eye
Kaldor Public Art Projects Celebrates
HALF A CENTURY IN THE PUBLIC EYE
Art Gallery of New South Wales
until 16 February 2020
Half a Century in the Public Eye, is an exhibition created by acclaimed British artist Michael Landy and presented as a collaboration between Kaldor Public Art Projects and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). The exhibition surveys the rich history of Kaldor Public Art Projects through original artworks, archival materials and re-presentations of past projects, from Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast (1969), to Jeff Koons’ flower Puppy (1995), Marina Abramović’s In Residence (2015) and Jonathan Jones’ barrangal dyara (skin and bones) (2016). The exhibition revisits each of the past Kaldor Public Art Projects and brings them together for the first time.
Kaldor Public Art Projects presented its first project in 1969 with Christo and Jeanne- Claude’s iconic Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, and has since presented 32 public art projects, which have transformed the cultural landscape of Australia.
The first organisation of its type anywhere in the world, Kaldor Public Art Projects has helped redefine the possibilities for public art in Australia and internationally, and has had a profound influence on the way that Australians see and experience contemporary art.
“We have worked with the world’s leading artists to present new works which are anchored in the local context, challenging perceptions of familiar or forgotten public spaces, and transforming the way that Australian audiences experience art,” said Mr John Kaldor, AO.
Kaldor Public Art Projects will also premiere a major artist project in the first half of 2019, presented free to the public in Sydney. Further details of activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the organisation will be announced early in 2019.
Kaldor Public Art Project 24: Michael Landy during the installation of Acts of Kindness, Martin Place, Sydney, 2011. Photo: Paul Green. | Kaldor Public Art Project 1: Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, 28 October – 14 December 1969 Photo: Harry Shunk. | Kaldor Public Art Project 3: Gilbert & George, The Singing Sculpture, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 – 21 August 1973. Image courtesy AGNSW Australia. | Kaldor Public Art Project 6: Sol LeWitt, View of Lines to points on a grid. On yellow: Lines from the center of the wall. On red: Lines from four sides. On blue: Lines from four corners. On black: Lines from four sides, four corners and the center of the wall, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1977. | Kaldor Public Art Project 27: 13 Rooms, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Xu Zhen, In a Blink of An Eye, 2015 performed for 13 Rooms, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay, Sydney, 11 – 21 April 2013. Photo: Jamie North. | Kaldor Public Art Project 10: Jeff Koons, Puppy, Museum of Contemporary Art forecourt, Sydney, 12 December 1995 – 17 March 1996. Photo: Eric Sierins. | Kaldor Public Art Project 33: Anri Sala, The Last Resort, Observatory Hill Rotunda, Sydney, 13 October – 5 November 2017. Photo: Peter Greig. | Kaldor Public Art Project 28: Roman Ondák, Measuring the Universe, 2007, Parramatta Town Hall, 25 January – 14 February 2014. Photo: Paul Green | Kaldor Public Art Project 5: Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman performs Sky Kiss, composition by Jim McWillliams, above the Sydney Opera House Forecourt, 11 April 1976. Photo: Kerry Dundas.