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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Kevin Maritz, Untitled (Bead sculpture no. 5), 2003, aluminium, steel, 230 x 40 x 40 cm. © Courtesy the artist
Sweet spot presents the work of seven contemporary Australian artists who engage with decorative traditions and ideas about ornamentation. While they have different conceptual and material practices, the artists are united by a sensual engagement with media and form that privileges the notion of ‘aesthetic pleasure’. This concept does not simply imply beauty, but also the idea of sensuous perception.
This exhibition brings into focus contemporary aspects of the dynamic between a hedonistic revelling in ornamental excess (present in historical periods like the Rococo) and the ordered restraint of modernism.
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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