Portraits of how we see ourselves

“The surfers”, 1989 by Anne Zahalka.

AN exhibition difficult how we see ourselves is coming to the Nationwide Portrait Gallery this weekend.

“Who Are You: Australian Portraiture” is a complete research of portraiture in Australia and involves Canberra after a season in Melbourne. Additionally it is the primary exhibition combining the assets and holdings of the NPG and the Nationwide Gallery of Victoria.

Co-curated by the NPG’s Joanna Gilmour and the NGV’s Beckett Rozentals, it  options 130 works by Australian artists, not least Patricia Piccinini, Atong Atem, Howard Arkley, Vincent Namatjira, Brook Andrew and Tracey Moffatt.

“I’m black (Nicky Winmar),” coated vase, 2015 by Rona Panangka Rubuntja.

Portrait topics embrace the late Albert Namatjira, David Gulpilil and Queen Elizabeth II, photographed by Polly Borland throughout an five-minute sitting on the event of her Golden Jubilee.

The present, introduced throughout 5 thematic sections, questions who we’re and the way we view others – traditionally, in the present day and into the longer term, whereas additionally analyzing unconventional methods of representing likeness.

Gilmour says the present reaches a strong conclusion because it makes an attempt to dismantling the concept of the Australian “icon”, serving to us to reconfigure our definitions of nationwide identification.

“Who Are You: Australian Portraiture,” on the Nationwide Portrait Gallery, till January 29. Free, bookings not required.

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Ian Meikle, editor