Exhibition Program / Making Art Public
34 ephemeral projects, creatively re-imagined and presented together for the first time, always free to the public.
Making Art Public
Kaldor Public Art Projects’ rich 50-year collection of archives comes alive and takes over the galleries on Lower Level 2 in September 2019. 50 years of letters, artworks, images and objects will feature in Making Art Public, a major new exhibition created by British artist Michael Landy. A creative and compelling presentation of objects and archival material, Making Art Public will reimagine the projects and the sites they inhabited.
In collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW, Making Art Public will also present major new commissions and presentations, pilot the Kaldor Studio – our new creative learning space – and offer five months of vibrant, free, public talks and events.
50 Years, 34 Projects
Project 1: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Coast - One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, 28 October - 14 December 1969 Photo: Harry Shunk
Project 2: Harald Szeemann Szeemann arranging Aleks Danko’s slide program Photo: Brian Adams
Project 3: Gilbert & George The Singing Sculpture, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 – 21 August 1973 Image courtesy AGNSW Australia
Project 4: Miralda Coloured Feast, John Kaldor Fabricmaker showrooms, Sydney, 1973 Photo: Douglas Thompson
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
Project 7: Richard Long A line in Australia, created on Long's walk outside Broken Hill as part of his project in 1977 Photo: Richard Long
Project 8: An Australian Accent View of An Australian Accent, P.S., New York, 1984 Photo: Andrew Moore
Project 9: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Vestibule, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1990 Photo: Wolfgang Volz
Project 10: Jeff Koons Puppy, outside the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1995 Photo: Eric Sierins
Project 11: Sol LeWitt Wall drawing #824, 1997, (left); Wall drawing #825, 1997, (centre) and Wall drawing #870, 1997, (right) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, as part of the exhibition Wall pieces, 1998 Photo: Paul Green
Project 12: Vanessa Beecroft Documentation of VB40, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1999 Photo: Giasco Bertoli
Project 13: Ugo Rondinone View of Our Magic Hour, 2003, installed on the roof of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art
Project 14: Barry McGee View of The stars were aligned..., Metropolitan Meat Market, Melbourne, 2004 Photo: Garry Sommerfeld
Project 15: Urs Fischer Cockatoo Island installation, 2007, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Photo: Jenny Hare
Project 16: Gregor Schneider 21 beach cells, Bondi Beach, Sydney, 2007 Photo: Peter Murphy
Project 17: Bill Viola Detail of Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005, screened with Fire Woman, 2005, at St Saviour’s Church, Sydney, 2008 Photo: Kira Perov
Project 18: Martin Boyce Installation view of We are shipwrecked and landlocked, 2008, transforming the courtyard of the Old Melbourne Gaol with a desert landscape and sculptural installation Photo: Adam Free
Project 19: Tatzu Nishi Interior view of Peace, part of War and peace and in between, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2009 Photo: Carley Wright
Project 20: Stephen Vitiello The Sound of Red Earth, Sydney Park Brickworks, Sydney, 13 August - 12 September 2010 Photo: Paul Green
Project 21: Bill Viola Installation view of Fire Woman, St Carthege's Church, Melbourne, 2010
Project 22: Santiago Sierra 7 forms measuring 600 x 60 x 60cm constructed to be held horizontal to a wall, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Photo: Natasha Harth
Project 24: Michael Landy Acts of Kindness, Martin Place, Sydney, 2011 Photo: Paul Green
Project 25: Thomas Demand The Dailies, Commercial Travellers' Association, Martin Place, Sydney, 2012 Photo: Paul Green
Project 26: Allora and Calzadilla Stop, Repair, Prepare..., State Library of Victoria, Cowan Gallery, 2012 Photo: Andrew Curtis
Project 27: 13 Rooms Xu Zhen, In Just a Blink of an Eye, 2005, 13 Rooms, Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, Sydney, 2013 Photo: Jamie North
Project 28: Roman Ondak Measuring the Universe, 2007, Parramatta Town Hall, 2014 Photo: Paul Green
Project 30: Marina Abramović Marina Abramović: In Residence, Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, Sydney, 2015 Photo: Peter Greig
Project 31: Xavier Le Roy Open rehearsal for Temporary Title, 2015, Carriageworks, 12 November 2015 Photo: Annie Mckay
Project 32: Jonathan Jones Aerial view of barrangal dyara (skin and bones), Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, 2016 Photo: Peter Greig
Project 33: Anri Sala The Last Resort, 2017, The Rotunda, Observatory Hill, Sydney Photo: Peter Greig
Michael Landy RA
— Artist behind Making Art Public
Renowned for his irreverent attitude towards objects, Kaldor Public Art Projects bravely let Michael Landy loose in our archives over 18 months, the result is a playful and surprising presentation of our groundbreaking, 50-year history.
As our Project 24 artist in 2011, Michael Landy presented Acts of Kindness across Sydney’s CBD, exploring the meaning of kindness in today’s fast-paced world, focusing on the simple everyday gestures of compassion and generosity which often go unnoticed.
Selected solo and group shows include: Scaled-Down, Thomas Dane Gallery London UK, 2018; Open for Business at the first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2018; DEMONSTRATION, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 2017-18; Breaking News, Sperone Westwater, New York, 2017; Breaking News – Athens, Neon/Diplarios School, Athens, Greece, 2017; Out of Order, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland, 2016; Saints Alive, National Gallery, London UK, 2013.
Selected public collections include: Tate Collection, London UK; the Arts Council England; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Royal Academy, London UK; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Landy was elected as a Royal Academician in May 2008.