Exhibitions

DIANE ARBUS: AMERICAN PORTRAITS

8 July – 20 August 2017

Diane Arbus: American Portraits presents the work of great American photographer Diane Arbus alongside a selection of work by her contemporaries. A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition.

The National Gallery of Australia acknowledges funding support from the Visions touring program, an Australian Government initiative aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

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Diane Arbus

YOUR COLLECTION: PHOTO I.D.

8 July – 20 August 2017

As a documentary tool and method of communication, photography continues to play a powerful role shaping our social and cultural identity. With these qualities in mind, Your Collection: Photo i.d has been curated from Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery’s photographic collection to showcase work that explores the people, landscape and events that have helped shape the Hunter region. A selection of photographs from the series Passage, created by Douglas Archibald and Mervyn Bishop, reinforce the rich cultural history of Aboriginal peoples of this region, living and past. The exhibition will also feature dramatic imagery of events such as the Newcastle earthquake in 1989, the capture of notorious prison escapee Kevin John Simmonds in 1959 and the 1955 Maitland flood.

A gallery project by emerging curator Angus Bowen from the School of Creative Industries, The University of Newcastle, in consultation with Rob Cleworth.

Jack Little Hinton ferry wharf collapse (detail) 1932 silver gelatin photograph18.6 x 23.8cm. Donated through the 1990 Photographic Invitation Prize, collection Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery © the artist's estate.

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ARTIST FOCUS: PABLO TAPIA

8 July – 20 August 2017

Chile-born, Hunter-based artist Pablo Tapia is well known for his technical facility and distinctive imagery. These qualities are informed by his respect for the palette and drama of centuries-old direct oil painting methodologies and traditional genres. For Tapia, communication is key. If a work is to succeed at an elementary level, he maintains, ‘a single visual idea must be the main objective behind the creation of it regardless of an image’s complex symbolism, politics, or content’. Characteristic of his practice therefore, is an elemental commitment to skill, simplicity and clarity of intention.

A gallery project curated by Meryl Ryan.

Pablo Tapia Self Portrait at work (in progress) (detail) 2017 oil on linen 113 x 82cm courtesy the artist © the artist.

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