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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, History painting: market, Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, 2008, oil on linen, 121 x 121 cm. Collection of the Australian War Memorial. Acquired under the official art scheme 2008
Collaborative artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green travelled to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007 as the Australian War Memorial’s official artist: a tradition that first began in 1917. This exhibition showcases the paintings and photographs Brown and Green created in response to their tour. Their works reveal the strange and complex nature of contemporary warfare. The major subjects that are explored in this exhibition include: Australian servicemen and women involved in operational activities or military duties; the massive logistical enterprise that sustains global coalition forces in the region; and the stillness and severity of the expansive and ancient landscapes that frame the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Just opened! Activate,animate, complicate, grow: what new acquisitions can do to and for the collection showcases 22 artworks recently acquired by the University of Melbourne in dialogue with existing works from the collection. Presented as individual ‘case studies’, the relationships between works demonstrate the ways that new additions breathe life into permanent collections.
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