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Meditation on a Bone: Albert Tucker Beyond the Modern @ Heide III: Albert & Barbara Tucker Gallery


  • Heide Museum 7 Templestowe Rd Bulleen, VIC, 3105 Australia (map)
 Louise Meuwissen, SEE YOURSELF IN IT, WRESTLE WITH IT, 2018. Photo Christian Capurro

Louise Meuwissen, SEE YOURSELF IN IT, WRESTLE WITH IT, 2018. Photo Christian Capurro

For this exhibition, artist and curator Glenn Barkley has mined Albert Tucker’s library and archive to explore how Tucker’s fascination with art of the past and other cultures informed his painting over the decades.

The exhibition title cites a poem by A.D. Hope that Barkley found bookmarked in the library, a text reflecting on the way a handcrafted object links two people across several centuries. Central to Meditation on Bone is the motif of the mask, another culturally loaded device that can have meaning in both the past and the present. The display includes books, photographs and archival material from Tucker’s personal collection, together with works by a range of artists who use the mask literally and conceptually as a way to obscure meaning, invite nostalgia, and connect histories.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Laurence Aberhart
Tony Albert
Glenn Barkley
Dorothy Berry
Karla Dickens
Lynda Draper
Scott Duncan
Ruki Famé
Caroline Garcia
Simon Gende
Tarryn Gill
Raven Halfmoon
Glenda Havilah
John Havilah
Adrian Lazzaro
Louise Meuwissen
Ramesh Nitheyendran
Jason Phu
Tom Polo