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Tim Johnson, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 2002, oil and synthetic polymer paint on linen, 152.5 x 114.8 cm. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Photo: Viki Petherbridge
This major survey exhibition begins with Johnson’s activities as a conceptual and performance artist in the early 1970s and co-founder of the Inhibodress artists’ collective in Sydney. In addition to performance, documentation, films, and artists’ books made in the early 1970s, this section also includes Johnson’s paintings and prints that are inspired by punk music.
The main section of Tim Johnson: Painting ideas commences with paintings inspired by Johnson’s visits to Papunya in the 1980s and his subsequent collaborations with Aboriginal artists including Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Michael Jagamara Nelson, among others. Johnson’s interest in Buddhism and Asian iconography is also explored, and he draws inspiration from diverse sources. The remaining section of the exhibition is devoted to the impressive paintings and other works that developed from Johnson’s interest in tracing an often eclectic, and at times controversial, equivalence between artistic and spiritual practices across cultures and countries.
sponsor: Visions of Australia
Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten. Coming soon, opening 6 December 2014