Strange named Guest Artistic Director, AGWA

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Strange has been announced as the first Guest Artistic Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA)—Western Australia’s state art museum.

via the West Australian Newspaper:
“Bureaucrat Colin Walker and artist Ian Strange team up to lead newly reopened Art Gallery of WA.” Kruijff, Peter de. The West Australian. June 6, 2020.

“A modern day odd couple has taken over the direction of the Art Gallery of WA with a “bureaucrat” and a Perth raised New York artist charged with revitalizing the cultural institution...”

via The Australian Newspaper:
“Cool Change.” Laurie, Victoria. The Australian Newspaper, August 14, 2020.

“Talking about the “bones” of a building is an unusual way to describe an art gallery, but visual artist Ian Strange is no ordinary observer of the gallery in question, the Art Gallery of Western Australia. “I think the bones of this building are beautiful, and perhaps in the past a lot of people have fought those bones,” says Strange, a rising star in contemporary Australian art who has just been appointed as AGWA’s first artistic director — an unusual title, possibly the first for any Australian public art gallery. Perth-born Strange is one half of the “odd couple” that has taken control of AGWA’s destiny...”

Read the full article here

Media release here
Ministers announcement here