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KIMGIMANI, Alexia; Au (sago pots)

The day we met Alexia Kimgimani, a group of older Aibom women were demonstrating a pottery firing for us. After two weeks of travelling along the Sepik River looking at carving and visiting men’s haus…

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WESTRA, Ans; Ruatoria

For over 50 years, Dutch-born photographer Ans Westra has been absorbed by the documentation of Maori communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her often frank photographic portraits have elicited varied…

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COOK, Michael; Broken Dreams series

Michael Cook’s photographs have become well known for a whimsical and unique interplay of surrealism and political potency. The ‘Broken Dreams’ series 2010 was one of the Queensland Indigenous…

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HAERIZADEH, Rokni; Subversive salami in a ragged briefcase...

Rokni Haerizadeh is an Iranian-born, Dubai-based painter and animator who has garnered international attention for his lyrical social critiques painted in a contemporary Persian miniature style. He…

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HOBSON, Naomi; Malkarti Pole (Dancing Pole)

Naomi Hobson is one of a new generation of contemporary Indigenous artists who is already making her mark nationally. Hobson is from the Kaantju/Umpila language group and grew up in the township of…

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HAVINI, Taloi; Russel and the Panguna Mine...

The photographic series ‘Blood Generation’ is born out of the people of Bougainville’s ongoing grief over the loss of their land as the result of mining interests. When Bougainville artist Taloi…

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ISHIKAWA, Mao; Red Flower: The Women of Okinawa

Okinawan photographer Mao Ishikawa, despite her 65 years, made a vivid appearance during the opening weekend of APT9, with a fierce assertion of Okinawan identity at the APT9 symposium. What is now…

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ENTATA, Irene; Albert Namatjira droving

One of the foremost artists of the Hermannsburg Potters, Irene Entata is known internationally for her unique painted ceramics. Much of her art fondly depicts a time that she referred to as the…

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UNKNOWN; Two paintings from the Ramayana

Believed to have been composed between 400 and 200 BCE by the sage Valmiki, the Ramayana is a tale of epic proportions, featuring an enchanting cast and chronicling wondrous events that rival any…

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DAGVASAMBUU, Uuriintuya; Path to wealth

APT8 marks the beginning of the Gallery’s engagement with Mongolia, with the inclusion of works by four young Mongol zurag painters who have revived a national cultural tradition by applying it to…

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WALLACE, Anne; Passing the River at Woogaroo Reach

Contemporary Australian painter Anne Wallace is widely admired for her strange and suspenseful dream-like scenes. Her landscapes, cityscapes and interiors are made rich with particulars and always…

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HOPPÉ, Emil Otto; London amusements

In the early decades of the twentieth century, EO (Emil Otto) Hoppe was one of the most successful and widely recognised photographers working out of Britain. Born in Munich, Germany, Hoppe moved to…

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RIVERS, R. Godfrey; Under the jacaranda

As part of the classifying fervour that dominated botanical science in Europe, and to exploit the new ranges of plant material that were being discovered in the far corners of the world, in 1855 the…

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STEWART, Tyza; Untitled

As a young teen, Tyza Stewart was frequently preoccupied with a desire to be a man, and more explicitly, a gay man. More than a precocious curiosity about the differences between the human form and a…

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FAIRWEATHER, Ian; Pumicestone Passage

After a restless early life, in 1953 artist Ian Fairweather (1891-1974) consolidated his home and art in a hut on Bribie Island, in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. The following 20 years saw Fairweather…

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2020.221; ABDULLAH, Abdul; "Someone else's king and someone else's country"

Photographer and painter Abdul Abdullah is renowned for creating portraits of marginalised figures. Abdullah’s practice draws on his own personal journey, having grown up in Australia experiencing…

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UNKNOWN; Krishna the jubilant butter thief and Shivakami Uma

The Chola kingdom (c.880-1279 CE) reached its height in the eleventh century, when it controlled much of south and east of the Indian subcontinent and formed one of the most important artistic riods…

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UNKNOWN; Fighting clubs

This group of ten fighting or throwing clubs exemplify the refined and exciting visual traditions that existed throughout Aboriginal Australia. Simple bulbous headed clubs were often used for hunting…

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HUNTER, Robert; No.1 untitled painting

Senior Australian painter Robert Hunter is known for his delicately nuanced, close-toned, near-monochrome paintings that endlessly adapt and reinvent the abstract grid. He has been pursuing this…

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RARRU, Margaret; Mindirr

Margaret Rarru Garrawurra was born in 1940 in farthest northern Arnhem Land into the Liyagawumirr people. She is one of a strong group of sisters of the renowned painter Mickey Durrng Garrawurra.…

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VANDY Rattana; Fire of the Year 8

Compelled to rectify voids in Cambodian history, Vandy Rattana documents everyday life, recording events that reflect the country’s rapid transformation while revealing the ever-present realities: a…

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PICASSO, Pablo; Le Repas frugal (The frugal meal)...

The etchings and drypoints known as ‘La Suite des Saltimbanques’, including our Le Repas frugal, Salomé, Le deux Saltimbanques,

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GOLE, OL, Joyce Mary Aresepa; Water storage pot - man's face

Mary Gole came to prominence in the early 1980s with her highly sculptural pottery and distinctive textile designs. While her choice of clay and textiles as artistic media flow from her familiarity…

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MACQUEEN, Kenneth (5 watercolours)

Australian modernist Kenneth Macqueen brought a fresh, dynamic approach to Australian landscape painting. Watercolour was a medium he loved and worked to refine, becoming the most distinctive…

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MAGUIRE, Tim; Trees and snow I

Tim Maguire first came to national prominence in the early 1980s with confident landscape paintings that reassessed canonical Australian outback scenes. His interest in landscape has since been…

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BURTON, Wawiriya; Ngayuku ngura - My Country and COULTHARD, Nellie Ngampa; Tjuntala Ngurangka (Country with Acacia Wattle)

Wawiriya Burton and Nellie Ngampa Coulthard, women of Australia’s central desert, are nationally significant contemporary painters whose colourful representations of their Country are shaping…

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Telia Rumal

A focused collection of works in a rare Indian textile tradition, generously donated to the Gallery by Dana McCown, documents the journey of a fascinating artform. Along with Japan and Indonesia,…

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LAING, Rosemary; Multiple works (5)

Contemporary artist Rosemary Laing is synonymous with her expansive, cinematic view of the Australian landscape and its history. Although she creates all her works ‘in-camera’, without 3-D…

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London Town (SICKERT, Walter Richard; STEER, Phillip Wilson; GREAVES, Walter; WHISTLER, James; VIRTUE, John)

As one of the world’s great cities, London has featured in the art and literature of the West like few others, with Paris as perhaps its only rival. Many works by William Blake, Gustave Doré, William…

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