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Tough & Tender

Daily from Friday 15 July 2016 until Sunday 16 October 2016

Tough & Tender reveals emotional vulnerability and yearning for connection. Art by a group of American and Australian artists from the 1960s to now explore the complexities of personal relations and individual expression – their work is intimate and raw.

Photographs by Warwick Baker, Larry Clark, Rozalind Drummond, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Collier Schorr reflect the formative identity of young adulthood and complexities of masculinity and gender, composed with sensitivity and candour. In ground-breaking performance art documented on video, Chris Burden’s physical trials strip back his own persona and the mythic ethos of manhood. 
 
Specific works have been selected from broader oeuvres to create an atmosphere of revelation of subtle emotion and bodily sensation in portrait-related work. 

18 portraits

1Untitled (42nd Street Series), 1979
by Larry Clark. 2Beno 2016 by Warwick Baker. 3Nan and Brian in bed, New York City 1983 by Nan Goldin. 4Koko & Kiko (42nd Street Series), 1980 by Larry Clark. 5Video still from Documentation of Selected Works, 1971-74 by Chris Burden. 6Vy (Cowsill) 2016 by Rozalind Drummond. 7Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker. 8Untitled (42nd Street Series), 1979–80 by Larry Clark. 9Hugh 2015, by Warwick Baker. 10Benny (42nd Street Series), 1979–80 by Larry Clark.

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Dr Christopher Chapman (curator)

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