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Amanda Marburg (left) and Moya McKenna (right). Photo: Viki Petherbridge
James Lynch, Disaster of the month (January), 2007, oil on canvas, 76 x 101.5 cm. Private collection, Melbourne. © Courtesy the artist
This exhibition takes as its focus the work of four highly regarded young painters: James Lynch, Amanda Marburg, Rob McHaffie and Moya McKenna. Model pictures tracks these artists’ approaches to modelling the world around us, which have contributed to a new direction in contemporary painting in Melbourne over the last decade.
The exhibition examines the historical significance of their initiatives as well as each artist’s unique and different working methods. The artists use a range of media, including a constructed tabletop tableaux, plasticine models, mannequins and studio still life. Lynch, Marburg, McHaffie, and McKenna—who all graduated from the VCA between 1996 and 2002—utilise painting as a diagnostic tool. They experiment with their immediate environment and with ideas of scale and pictorial space, analysing the character of painting and the problem of its ‘autonomy’.
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