Under the sun: reimagining Max Dupain’s ‘Sunbaker’

Under the sun is a large scale exhibition of new works commissioned from 15 artists responding to Australian photographer Max Dupain’s iconic ‘Sunbaker’ image. Artists include Peta Clancy, Christopher Day, Destiny Deacon, Michaela Gleave, Nasim Nasr, Sara Oscar, Julie Rrap, Khaled Sabsabi, Yhonnie Scarce, Christian Thompson, Angela Tiatia, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Daniel Von Sturmer, Justene Williams and William Yang.

Under The sun will explore views of our culture, our identity and our nationhood through works that will surprise, challenge and enthuse audiences. The mix of commissioned artists reflects Australia’s multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith nature, enabling a creative and often very personal exploration of the question ‘is there something new under the sun?’ These artists will contemplate, challenge and interpret the representation of Max Dupain’s photograph – an icon of a particular time and a particular vision of Australian culture – while offering unique perspectives on what it could possibly signify in our current society.

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Highlights from the MGA Collection

9 May 2015 to 12 July 2015

Coinciding with MGA’s 25th anniversary, this exhibition is a celebration of the Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. The collection was established by the Waverley City Gallery in the 1970s, before being transferred to MGA when it was opened in 1990. This collection developed a specialist focus on the medium of photography in the 1980s, and MGA has retained and refined that focus over the last 25 years. The now nationally significant collection currently holds over 2400 works and is the only collection in the world that is exclusively dedicated to Australian photography.

This exhibition brings together a selection of key works from the collection. It includes photographs by artists such as Polly BORLAND, Pat BRASSINGTON, Olive COTTON, Max DUPAIN, Bill HENSON, Carol JERREMS, Rosemary LAING, Ricky MAYNARD, Tracey MOFFATT, David MOORE, Polixeni PAPAPETROU, Patricia PICCININI, Michael RILEY, Wolfgang SIEVERS, Mark STRIZIC, Darren SYLVESTER and Anne ZAHALKA to name just a few.

full list of works on display (pdf)

featured image:
Patricia PICCININI
born Sierra Leone 1965; arrived Australia 1972
Felicity 1996

from the series Your time starts now…
chromogenic print, printed 1997
acquired 1997 – MGA 1997.22

Waves & Water – Australian Beach Photography

Iconic photographs from the Australian National Maritime Museum’s collection capture Australian beach culture from the 1930s to today.

Waves & Water includes the work of seven of Australia’s celebrated beach photographers, including Max Dupain’s iconic Sunbaker 1937, Ray Leighton’s surfers posed with longboards, Jeff Carter’s 1960s surfing safari and Roger Scott’s 1970s ‘critical moment’ photographs, taken as an individual catches a wave or dives into the ocean.

More recent works by Anne Zahalka explore ideas of Australian cultural identity and sterotypes.  Narelle Autio also provides a different perspective of the ocean swimmer photographed from beneath the surface of the waves whilst Ian Lever renders the beauty and atmosphere of Sydney’s ocean pools at dawn and dusk.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Download the Waves & Water Education Kit

featured image:
Jeff Carter, Tribal Gathering