Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 25 Winter 2010 Contents Recent acquisitions for the State Art Collection -- here, the
gallery's curator of modern and contemporary photography
and design, Robert Cook, explains their significance.
1 TONY ALBERT No place warrior 2008.
"Tony is an Indigenous artist. This piece relates
to the Girramay people and their warrior
identity, historically and in a contemporary
context. He also uses Latin American motifs,
like the Lucha Libre wrestler's mask."
(manufacturer) Haarlem teapot 1932.
"Part of a series of broader German ceramics
and glassware that was donated. The objects
are tied up with incredibly loaded politics, as
the Third Reich star ted in Germany in 1933."
3 DAVID WALKER Bracelet 1978.
"This was a donation by the artist. It's
important because it fills a gap before
we star ted buying his work in 1979. In a
sense, this helps contextualise the rest
of the collection. It also means we can
represent the earlier part of his practice
with a lit tle more depth."
4 THERESE HOWARD
What's your poison? 2009.
"This is the first Therese Howard work
that has come into the collection. It is
both incredibly well made, in terms of the
beautiful craftsmanship, but also really
funny and smart. She is making a comment
about society's addiction to wealth and
prestige status; that sor t of concept behind
what is driving us as people and what kind
of monkeys we have on our back."
5 REKO RENNIE (Gwaybilla)
Message Sticks (detail) 2009.
"Reko is an Indigenous artist who started in
gra ti but has worked in the media. He's
interested in politics, communication and
gra ti in terms of how it finds and creates
an audience. He also brings Indigenous
motifs to the mix, in a punchy and accessible
combination of pop and traditional styles".
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