State Art Collection | BODY


21 November 2009 - 14 February 2011

The human form has been the subject of art for millennia. Portraiture has been used to record the look of individuals, and representations of the human body have been enlisted as vehicles for narrative or to communicate emotional states.

More recently artists have sought to challenge our understanding of the relationship between bodies and art – both on a physical and conceptual level.

This display of artworks from the State Art Collection takes the human body as its starting point. Body will focus on corporeality in many guises, from the seemingly simple representation of the human form, to artworks by Indigenous Australian artists that are drawn from ceremonial markings on the human body, to works by contemporary artists that are determined by the physical body of the artist or seek to include the body of the viewer within their realm.


John Davies
Figures on railings 1981
mixed media
189 x 488 x 366 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1983

BODY - David Goldblatt: Particulars 1975-85

David Goldblatt
Particulars 1975-85
silver gelatin print
20 units, 40.0 x 60.0 cm (each)
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 2002


For Families

Young visitors to the Body exhibition will be inspired by faces, expressions, gestures and an assortment of colourful characters through a variety of experiences designed to enhance their visit.

Become an artist

Families can enjoy exploring portraiture by creating their own sketches in the designated drawing space.

Find out

Read the child-friendly labels to discover more about artists' influences, techniques and some secrets!


Explore intriguing sculpture, paintings, drawings and photographs with an interactive activity trail for the whole family.


Body of work, Maria Noakes, in STM Entertainment From:             The Sunday Times, November 06, 2009 9:00PM

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Last Reviewed 3 March 2011


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