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The Iconoclasts

In Gallery Three

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Marea Gazzard
Collection display in Gallery Three, April 2023
1 Marea Gazzard, 1966 Judy Cassab AO CBE. © Judy Cassab/Copyright Agency, 2023, Currently on display. 2 Collection display in Gallery Three, April 2023.

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Australian portraiture of the mid-twentieth century was rich with the influence of European modernism, exemplified by the work of artists including Arthur Boyd, Judy Cassab and Clifton Pugh. This collection display explores the role of elements such as abstraction, expressionism and psychology in Australian portraiture, while examining the impact of the Second World War and the major political upheavals of the twentieth-century on Australian social and cultural life. Continuing on from the display in Gallery 2, The Iconoclasts creates a vivid visual essay of innovation and transformation in Australian art, providing a rich introduction to today’s contemporary artists.

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Portraits on display

Self portrait
Barry Humphries
The family
1 Self portrait, 1964 Arthur Boyd AC OBE. © Bundanon Trust, Currently on display. 2 Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh AO. © Shane Pugh, Currently on display. 3 The family, c. 1955 Charles Blackman OBE. © Charles Blackman/Copyright Agency, 2023, Currently on display.
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