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An overview of contemporary Australian art, Sydney’s The National: New Australian Art 2017 includes crucial works by Indigenous artists, Karla Dickens and Archie Moore.
After traversing England, Scotland, Germany, Canada, Shanghai, the Philippines and an array of Australian towns, modernist painter Ian Fairweather eventually settled on Queensland’s Bribie Island in 1953.
“The redback spider, she’s so fierce looking and so beautiful,” says Barton, who sees the surreal RED as a celebration of raw female power. “She’s really a weapon, so she speaks to me aesthetically.”
This exhibition, drawn from the QUT Art Museum’s largely post-1960 collection, dallies with a contemporary impulse to minimise, downsize and the mantra of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle.’
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