Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
2 June - 7 October 2018
Tony Albert's Visible opens tomorrow at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. At the age of 37, Visible is Tony Albert's first major solo institutional exhibition and includes all aspects of his practice - from object-based assemblages, to painting, photography, video and installation - eliciting a powerful response to popular culture misrepresentations of Australia's First Peoples. The title of the exhibition is a reference to the statement, 'Invisible is my favourite colour'; a phrase often used by Albert and around which the exhibition is structured. The exhibition problematises representations of Aboriginal peoples through wit and fervent protest, addressing issues of race and representation directly with large-scale appropriations and re-appropriations of kitsch 'Aboriginalia'. Visible is presented alongside Albert's We Can Be Heroes, a parallel project at the Queensland Art Gallery's Children's Art Centre, which engages with children and families in exploring how, through overcoming our fears, we can all be empowered.
In the current issue of Artlines, Coby Edgar writes that "The kitsch ashtrays and decorative boomerangs that feature in Albert's works also float in our collective subconscious, like fragments in a vast psychological universe, discarded, until now." Read Edgar's full article here. Jane Albert writing in the Weekend Australian describes Albert's work as having "the effect of being hit by an iron fist in a velvet glove." Read her full article here.
Sullivan+Strumpf is also delighted to announce the Queensland Art Gallery's acquisition of Tony Albert's series The Force is With Us, his collaboration with photographer David C Collins and children from the Warakurna community; Kieren Smythe-Jackson, Aziah Smyhte, Braidan Reid, Joel Spring and Lucy Lewis.
An extensive series of talks and events has been programmed to accompany the exhibition including a keynote conversation between Tony albert and curator, writer and presenter, Hetti Perkins at 12.30pm on Saturday, 2 June 2018, in the Queensland Art gallery's Lecture Theatre.