CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN ART
Dissenting Voices is an exhibition concerned with how artists respond to social issues, cultural concerns and political events. Their art also provides poignant commentary on the human condition.
Selected from historical, Indigenous and contemporary artworks in the State Art Collection, the works in the show explore themes of socio-political engagement, personal and national identity politics and resistance to acts of authoritarian control and aggression.
Many of the works, including installation, photography, sculpture, video and painting, are being shown for the first time together, along side a few new acquisitions, such as those by Raquel Ormella and Marco Fusinato.
These artists’ works will offer insights to viewers about the nature of political art, its varied purpose and potential meaning, from dissent and disturbance to contestation and condemnation.
Central to the exhibition are major works by Tony Coleing, Tom Nicholson, Leon Golub and Peter Kennedy as well as key paintings on loan from the Kerry Stokes Collection.
Goya’s 19th century depictions of the horrors of the Napoleonic war contrast with Tony Coleing’s representations of recent wars from the Falklands to Afghanistan. As a contemporary history painter, Golub has defined the role of painting as ‘bearing witness’, creating work to articulate the point of mediation between power and resistance.
On the other hand, Tom Nicholson’s banners are directly embedded in the action itself, having been marched through the streets of Berlin as a collective performance, while Mike Parr’s performative documentations offer his own body as the cathartic point of social commentary.
Art & the human condition
11am-12pm, Wednesdays (No tours 21 & 28 Dec)
Explore how artists respond to social issues, cultural concerns and politically driven events; and how their art can provide poignant commentary on the human condition
1-2pm, Sunday 18 September
John Mateer, poet, writer and curator, considers the work of Tom Nicholson in the context of the Dissenting Voices exhibition, with AGWA curator Jenepher Duncan.
6.30pm, Saturday 29 October and Saturday 12 November
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
This exclusive experience is only available on Saturday 29 October and Saturday 12 November. Places are strictly limited to just 30 people, so book early.
Get together a group of friends or treat someone to a special night out.
$69 per person includes entry to Dissenting Voices, three course set menu and one complimentary drink.
Scallop crudo, pickled cucumber, tomato, finger lime
Star anise roasted pineapple, pina colada sago, toasted sesame, coriander
Fragments from Melancholia (Documents after five actions, Berlin) 2001-2002, Berlin, Germany, Melancholia (Banner 4) 2002
Gift of John McBride, 2010