The Art of the #Selfie

At the University of Queensland Art Museum, the latest incarnation of the National Artists Self-Portrait Prize: remix.post.connect is now underway. It begs the question,  the internet is “the portrait gallery of the 21st century” why do we need artists?

Read my full post for Guardian Australia.

 

Victoria Reichelt, 1981, 18 x 18cm (1 of 2 parts), 2013, oil on linen (Courtesy of Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne & Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane)
Victoria Reichelt, 1981, 18 x 18cm (1 of 2 parts), 2013, oil on linen (Courtesy of Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne & Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane)

‘My Country: I Still Call Australia Home’ – Contemporary art from black Australia | A review

“The ‘My Country’ title of the exhibition is derived from the subject matter of much Indigenous art – and perhaps the most common concern for the artists in this show. Curator Bruce McLean has conceived the exhibition over three general areas – My History, My Life, My Country. Despite the thematic approach, the majority of these 300-plus works represent an amalgam of all three themes in one. From the outset the use of ‘My’ in the titles is a political and contextual term. The art displayed is both a reflection and a reinforcement of the social values and beliefs of numerous Indigenous cultures, each with a unique history. We [the non-Indigenous] might call this place ‘Australia’ but it’s worth noting that many Indigenous people consider it a constructed version of nation.”

Read the full review at The Art Life. 

Warwick Thornton, Stranded (still) 2011. 3D digital video: 11:06 minutes, colour, sound.
Warwick Thornton, Stranded (still) 2011. 3D digital video: 11:06 minutes, colour, sound.

[Image courtesy of the artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane].