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Collection Focus: Modern Australia

Past Exhibition

Collection Focus: Modern Australia was exhibited at HOTA from 6 June – 19 July 2015.

Collection Focus: Modern Australia

Modern Australia draws upon works from Gold Coast City Gallery collection, to showcase the work of artists who have referenced iconic Australian imagery subverting them with a contemporary voice of today.

Artists include Indigenous artist Dianne Jones who has drawn upon the paintings of Australian Impressionist Tom Roberts Shearing the Rams and embedded Indigenous shearer that was omitted from the original painting and, in doing so acknowledging the part her ancestors played in Australian history. Similarly, Anne Zahalka’s The bathers has drawn upon the iconic beach pattern painting by Charles Meeres in the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW. In her adaptation, Zahalka acknowledges the multicultural diverse population of Australia. More recently, Archibald-winning artist Ben Quilty was sent to Afghanistan in 2011 as an Australian Official War Artist. His sculpture Cook after Baghdad references Australia’s history and sites of conflict from the English explorer Captain James Cook landing in 1770 to the Iraq war.

Image Credits

Anne ZAHALKA, The Bathers 1989, type c photograph. Collection HOTA Gallery