I love little targeted exhibitions. On a visit to the State Library of Victoria recently I walked through their large exhibition on books in history and encountered a small exhibition about the relationship between a Premier and the political cartoonists. It was a delightful collection of cartoons of a series of Victorian Premiers with fascinating textual stories about the relationships and contexts of the cartoons and the Premiers. It gave an insight into a past era but pointed to an important ongoing part of our modern society.
A link to a talk that was held that includes one of the cartoons.
13 Jan – 26 March 2017
In the time before his execution, mentored by among others the Australian painter Ben Quilty Myurun Sukumaran deeloped a remarkable gift of painting. In collaboration with his family and exhibition of his remarkable works is on display at the Campbelltown Arts Centre right now. The works are remarkable. They engage with his experiences and his take on the world around him. The paintings include some of family and friends and also politicians. Some of the more confronting images include a bullet and a painting on a large white wall of the weapon that was ultimately used to kill him.
He clearly had a talent but more than that this exhibition confronts the viewer with the death penalty, the war on drugs, politics, culture and hope of all things.
The works are accompanied by responses to Sukumaran’s work from six other artists and several of those are remarkable also. I truly wanted to see this and it was everything I hoped it was,
Some selected images below. The gallery has a full catalogue available with the exhibition
An annual prize for caricature portraiture as a parody of the Archibald prize has been going for decades. Each year it comes to Canberra and I love it. The artists look at the national dialogue for the year and produce paintings that parody the people and the issues that have occupied the press and the citizens.
This year there are participants such as Hanson, Turnbull, a collection of sports people, entertainers and other prominent types. They run a people’s choice award and that focuses the mind on how well the artists represent the issues and the personalities.
My favourite was a Violet Trumble in the wonderful purple. background. The most constant and reproduced person was Hanson and many of the images are not complimentary They have a no photography of the images so I have attached a couple of gallery shots and the sheet put out for intended purchasers.