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Wesley Stacey is a living legend of environmental photography. In the 1970s he turned his back on the bright lights of Sydney and set up camp in the wilderness of the NSW south coast. For over 40 years he has lived in the ‘great outdoors’, using photography to explore and connect with the ecological complexity of the Australian landscape. The wild thing, curated from the MGA’s own photography collection, surveys four decades of Stacey’s work. From his lively colour snapshots…Find out more »
As part of the NGV Festival of Photography, the NGV presents a suite of contemporary photography exhibitions, including presentations by William Eggleston, Bill Henson, Patrick Pound, Zoë Croggon and Ross Coulter, alongside dedicated events and programs. Photography is one of the most diverse and prolific areas of contemporary practice, including as it does the work of practitioners who see themselves in the more traditional guise of ‘photographer’, along with multi-disciplinary artists. Taking over a number of galleries across the NGV,…Find out more »
NGV FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Bill Henson presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompassing themes including portraits, nudes, lush museum interiors and transcendent landscapes. The images in this exhibition are drawn from a body of works created between 2008 and 2011 and continue Henson’s sensitive, sophisticated study of the human condition, which he has realised over his forty year career. Each of the works included has a palpable sense of the cinematic and together they form a…Find out more »
NGV FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Ross Coulter’s Audience is a photographic series that documents audience members who were photographed in more than seventy Melbourne galleries and museums between 2013 and 2016. Coulter invited members of the local art community to attend a photo-shoot and they were instructed to imagine viewing a performance art event. Drawing on the visual language of 1970s performance art documentation, the work constructs a photographic archive of audiences. As an installation, comprised of more than 400 photographs,…Find out more »
NGV FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY William Eggleston is one of the most important photographic artists of the twentieth century. This Australian exclusive major exhibition travels from its critically acclaimed showing at the National Portrait Gallery, London and is the first exhibition of Eggleston’s photographs to be exhibited at the NGV. Eggleston holds an ongoing influence for subsequent generations of photographers and artists. He is best known for his pioneering use of colour and images of suburban life in the Southern United…Find out more »
As part of NGV Festival of Photography, Melbourne artist Zoë Croggon has been commissioned to produce a new body of work, comprising an immersive environment created using photographic collages, video and an especially produced wallpaper. Her work draws on her interest in the traditions of photo-collage, as well as sculpture, video and drawing. Croggon’s recent practice has culminated in merging disparate images, found and gathered, into deft and delicate collages. Drawing on personal experiences of studying ballet and dance, her…Find out more »
Internationally renowned New Zealand artist, Anne Noble, has developed a number of projects in recent years concerned with bees, global species loss and the revitalization of human relationships to complex living systems. Her work with bees draws on her experience as a beekeeper. Noble sees the bees as a species indicator - both as a living system under stress, a reminder of our part in the global environmental crises we face and also a warning, as she says..." maybe what…Find out more »
Like a clap of thunder applies the verb ‘to unfurl’ to both a king size bed sheet in the photography studio and to the architectural framework within the gallery, aiming to capture an affect. The bed sheet is spread out and caught by the flash in mid-air — in a state of making and unmaking; twisting, knotting, wrestling, forming, reforming, pouring, holding, releasing, open to the wind. These emotional forms are then used to screen and be backdrops, to usher and…Find out more »
Beijing-based artist Chen Wei’s practice actively blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction through the construction of carefully staged scenes and handcrafted objects. The Club — his first solo exhibition in a public institution in Australia — comprises a series of photographs and installations that fabricate a visual archive of Chinese club culture. Chen has meticulously recreated the architecture, interiors and culture of nightclubs to celebrate this previously undocumented subculture and to provide a commentary on wider social changes that…Find out more »
NGV FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition is the first comprehensive exhibition of the New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist. An avid collector, Patrick Pound is equally interested in systems and the ordering of objects: an attempt, perhaps, to make things coherent. As Pound says, ‘to collect is to gather your thoughts through things’. Through complex arrangements and installations of objects drawn from the artist’s expansive archives, Pound’s work playfully and poetically explores the art of collecting, and the ways…Find out more »
A joint exhibition across 2 spaces Artists Coby Baker, Christian Blanchard, Steven Cavanagh, Damian Dillon, Heather Dinas, Christine Gleisner, Kellie Leczinska, Paul McDonald, Garry Moore, Hugo Sharp Statement This exhibition will provide the audience with a new, fresh and uninhibited way of understanding and exploring the nude in photography. This group exhibition will run simultaneously across two locations in Sydney (Contact Sheet Gallery) and Melbourne (The Fox Darkroom & Gallery) Skin /skɪn/ Noun 1. the thin layer of tissue forming the natural…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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