BLACK WHITE & RESTIVE: Cross-cultural initiatives in Australian contemporary art
28 May – 7 August 2016
Curated by Una Rey
BLACK WHITE & RESTIVE opens in National Reconciliation Week and forms part of an ongoing conversation exploring engagements between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous artists. Celebrating the work of over sixty artists, the exhibition reveals the diversity of approaches to cross-cultural art practice, from direct collaborations to shared – and sometimes contested – stylistic and conceptual influences.
The exhibition’s visual and historical narrative begins with Albert Namatjira and Rex Battarbee’s creative exchange from the 1930s and surveys key works from the 1990s until 2015, including five large-scale collaborations. BLACK WHITE & RESTIVE includes works by Richard Dunn, Gordon Bennett, Imants Tillers, Tim Johnson, Ildiko Kovacs, Danie Mellor, Margaret Preston and Tony Tuckson as well as the Gallery’s significant holdings of Hermannsburg watercolours.