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Robert MacPherson, National art—a simplistic view—the untitled Tasmanian paintings (detail), 1977–79. Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Photo: Viki Petherbridge
This selection of works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection and the Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990s, on loan to the Potter, features an important new acquisition by artist Robert MacPherson titled National art—a simplistic view—the untitled Tasmanian paintings (1977–79). It also includes major works by Kerrie Poliness, Rose Nolan and Robert Rooney. The exhibition presents Macpherson’s work for the first time, displaying 320 of the 800 sheets that comprise this major late 1970s ink on paper drawing.
Now open, The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art.