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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Kylie Minogue, 1999

Polly Borland

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 55.7 cm x 45.5 cm, image: 49.4 cm x 39.3 cm)
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Kylie Minogue (b. 1968) is an actor and pop singer who became a local and international star playing Charlene in the television soap Neighbours. In 1987 she became the youngest performer to win a Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress. Her singing career began with a cover version of the 1960s song 'The Loco-Motion'. She signed a contract with the English hitmakers Stock Aitken Waterman in 1987 and made history by achieving more than 20 consecutive top ten hits in the UK. A move to hip English dance music label, de-construction, in 1992 coincided with a more sophisticated sound and image for Minogue. With a talent for re-invention, she has since been involved in some controversial collaborations, such as that with Nick Cave in 1995. She has appeared in several films, including Moulin Rouge (2001). In 2002 Minogue won four ARIA awards for her latest album Fever and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

Accession number: 2000.8

Currently on display: Gallery Three (Robert Oatley Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Polly Borland (age 40 in 1999)

Kylie Minogue OBE (age 31 in 1999)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth
Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth
Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth
Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth

For the boys

Magazine article by Alistair McGhie, 2011

The photographs from Matthew Sleeth's tour of duty series look more like advertisements than images of war.

Kylie, 2004
Kylie, 2004
Kylie, 2004
Kylie, 2004

Kylie

Magazine article by Margot Anderson, 2005

The Kylie exhibition celebrated the significant achievements of one of Australia's most internationally recognisable faces and gave the general public a rare glimpse into her glamorous life. 

Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland
Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland
Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland
Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland

Golden Jubilee

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2002

Polly Borland's photograph of The Queen was commissioned by Buckingham Palace as part of a series of high profile celebrations to mark the Golden Jubilee.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.