On the Couch with Dr Margot Osborne

AAR-Margot-Osborne-photo-by-Michal-KluvanekWho is Dr Margot Osborne?
Curator, Adelaide Mid-Century Moderns exhibition at Carrick Hill and editor, The Adelaide Art Scene: Becoming contemporary 1939-2000, to be published in October by Wakefield Press

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Learn to drive.

Who inspires you and why?
Stan Ostoja-Kotkowski – an amazing Polish émigré Adelaide modernist artist who worked from the 1960s to the 1990s creating Op art collages, murals, and multi-media works with electronic and lasers.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Continue to write about and exhibit artists whose work I admire in the hope that their work will inspire others.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I don’t go on holidays.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Art Gallery of South Australia. I love the Elder Wing with its collection displays of Australian art from the colonial era to the mid twentieth century, and there are often wonderful temporary exhibitions, like the recent Andy Warhol show and the current Frida and Diego exhibition.

What are you currently reading?
Wifedom by Anna Funder and a constant succession of crime novels.

What are you currently listening to?
ABC Radio Adelaide, Radio National and community radio 3D on Saturday mornings.

Happiness is?

What does the future hold for you?
Absolutely no idea. I’ve been too busy with the book and exhibition to make plans beyond the present.

Margot is the Curator of Adelaide Mid-Century Moderns: Émigrés, mavericks and progressives – which opens at Carrick Hill, Springfield on 2 August 2023. For more information, visit: www.carrickhill.sa.gov.au for details.

Image: Dr Margot Osborne – photo by Michal Kluvanek