MARIA (CONNIE) TORNATORE-LOONG (L) AND CHIAKI AJIOKA (R) AT THE JAPAN IN SYDNEY EXHIBITION. PHOTO: GILL GREEN, 2011 – TAASA Review June 2011
detail by its co- curators Maria (Connie) Tornatore-Loong and Dr Chiaki Ajioka. This exhibition of prints largely dating from the 1920s and 30s and drawn extensively from the University’s own collection, investigates the parallel developments in printmaking in Japan and Australia in this period, juxtaposed against a selection of European expressionist prints, bookplates, ceramics and journals. Maria (Connie) Tornatore-Loong focused on the influence of Arthur Lindsay Sadler, Professor of Oriental Studies at Sydney University from 1922 1947, on Australian modernist artists through his passionate advocacy of Japanese culture and aesthetics.
Dr Chiaki Ajioka explored the development of modernist art movements in Japan, influenced in turn by their exposure to the work of European expressionist artists such as Munch, Kollwitz, Corinth and Kirchner. TAASA members had the opportunity to question both experts and to spend time appreciating the stimulating and diverse range of prints and publications on show. This exhibition was covered in detail in the March 2011 issue of the TAASA Review. TAASA Queensland The first TAASA Queensland event for 2011 was held in the Queensland Art Gallery lecture theatre on Saturday 2 April, when John and Marilyn Bee talked about and displayed items of their collection of Lao/ Indo-China silver put together during more than 15 years working in Southeast Asia where they built up a collection of Asian ceramics, brass/ bronze and silver items.
Those who attended enjoyed the opportunity to handle the items and discuss them with the speakers. ...