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Portrait 64

Summer 2019/20

Bare Tarragh 2017 Keith Burt
Bare Tarragh 2017 Keith Burt
Bare Tarragh 2017 Keith Burt

Observation point

by Keith Burt

I have always loved portraits; there is something magical about the combination of the terrain of a face, the angle of a head, and the pose of a body.

Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 by Sir Anthony van Dyck

Love in the extreme

by Joanna Gilmour

Joanna Gilmour reveals love’s more intense manifestations in the tale of Lord Kenelm and Venetia Digby.

Vincent Brady leading anti Bicentenary Protest, Brisbane, 1987 Michael Aird
Vincent Brady leading anti Bicentenary Protest, Brisbane, 1987 Michael Aird
Vincent Brady leading anti Bicentenary Protest, Brisbane, 1987 Michael Aird

Activating the space

by Sandra Phillips

Sandra Phillips on portraits of Indigenous activism from Cairns Art Gallery’s 2019 Queen’s Land Blak Portraiture exhibition.

 

Miles from nowhere, 2008 (printed 2014) from the Games of consequence series 2008 Polixeni Papapetrou
Miles from nowhere, 2008 (printed 2014) from the Games of consequence series 2008 Polixeni Papapetrou
Miles from nowhere, 2008 (printed 2014) from the Games of consequence series 2008 Polixeni Papapetrou

Mother’s muse

by Inga Walton

Inga Walton traces the poignant path of photographer Polixeni Papapetrou, revealed in the NGV’s summer retrospective.

Adut Akech, 2018 Charles Dennington
Adut Akech, 2018 Charles Dennington
Adut Akech, 2018 Charles Dennington

Peripheral vision

by Aimee Board

Aimee Board chats to emerging photographer Charles Dennington.

Fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon, Iceland, 2015 Josh Hutchins
Fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon, Iceland, 2015 Josh Hutchins
Fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon, Iceland, 2015 Josh Hutchins

Fisheye

by Andrew Mayo

Andrew Mayo explores the portrait piscatorial, with help from two of its most creative practitioners.

Self-portrait in black jumper, 2017 Graeme Drendel
Self-portrait in black jumper, 2017 Graeme Drendel
Self-portrait in black jumper, 2017 Graeme Drendel

Be frank

by Dr Sarah Engledow

Close encounters are the genesis for Graeme Drendel’s enticing portraiture.

Lindy Lee, 2003 Greg Weight
Lindy Lee, 2003 Greg Weight
Lindy Lee, 2003 Greg Weight

The long game

by Penny Grist

Penelope Grist spends some quality time with the Portrait Gallery’s summer collection exhibition, Eye to Eye.

Portrait of Susan Wakil AO, 2019 Jiawei Shen
Portrait of Susan Wakil AO, 2019 Jiawei Shen
Portrait of Susan Wakil AO, 2019 Jiawei Shen

About grace

by Penny Grist

Penelope Grist finds philanthropy and fashion underpin the story of Susan Wakil AO.

Marian Anderson, contralto, New York, June 30, 1955 Richard Avedon
Marian Anderson, contralto, New York, June 30, 1955 Richard Avedon
Marian Anderson, contralto, New York, June 30, 1955 Richard Avedon

The right note

by Leslie Ureña

Marian Anderson’s glorious voice thrust her into stardom, and a more reluctant role as American civil rights pioneer.

Ann Moyal, 1957 Pamela Thalben-Ball
Ann Moyal, 1957 Pamela Thalben-Ball
Ann Moyal, 1957 Pamela Thalben-Ball

The elegant thinker

by Dr Sarah Engledow

Sarah Engledow pens a fond farewell to acclaimed science historian Ann Moyal.

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