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Barren places come to life

Australian artist Ash Keating has created environmental projects in Australia and internationally. In 2009, he completed the Westpark Proposition project in an industrial landscape on Melbourne's urban fringe. This work was filmed for a following video installation. Watch as he throws paint from buckets and sprays colour ...

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'The Heidelberg School' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. The background is white and pale pink. There are portraits of artists Tom Roberts (at left) and Arthur Streeton (at right) as young men. At left is the cover of the catalogue from the 9 x 5 Impression exhibition of 1889. At the bottom is an extract from Joseph Furphy's ...

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Tony Tuckson: 'Watery', 1960

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'Watery, by Tony Tuckson (1927-73). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's career and ideas for his abstract-expressionist landscape. the commentary is provided as text on the web page. The painter employed a gestural ...

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Tony Tuckson: 'White over red and blue', c1971

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'White over red and blue' by Tony Tuckson (1927-73). Included is a video with audio commentary about the artist, his ideas and his process of painting. Additional information about the abstract-expressionist landscape is provided by ...

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Howard Taylor: 'No horizon', 1994

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'No horizon' by Howard Taylor (1918-2001). Included is a video with audio commentary interpreting the painting, its style and meaning, and information about the artist's career. Additional information about his ideas and method of working ...

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'Painting', 1958

This is a painting in synthetic polymers by Ralph Balson (1890-1964). Made in 1958 and measuring 137.0 cm x 137.0 cm, the painting consists of an all-over pattern of black, blue and white daubs of paint that are spaced more or less evenly across the entire image. A number of these daubs, particularly the white units, have ...

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'Metal sculpture', c1974

This is a metal sculpture, measuring 122.5 cm x 63.0 cm, made in about 1974 by Robert Klippel (1920-2001). It consists of a large number of variously sized metal shapes and rods joined together to form an open, see-through construction. The sculpture consists of a box-form base made from straight metal rods, and two vertical ...

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'Cell culture', 2002

This is a mixed media installation made in 2002 by Fiona Hall (1953-). The work consists of around 30 objects arranged on three shelves of a very large wooden-framed glass display case (vitrine), which measures 157 cm x 247 cm x 90 cm. Each of the objects has been constructed from differently shaped white plastic containers ...

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'Subway escalator', 1953

This is a tempera painting by Frank Hinder (1906-92), dated 1953. Measuring 92.8 cm x 72.5 cm, this largely abstract work is dominated by a centrally placed lozenge-shaped unit consisting of a mass of variously sized and blue-coloured crystalline shapes. This central unit runs diagonally from the bottom right to the top ...

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'Cream filling; phew, finger ring', 1971

In this acrylic painting by Richard Larter, 12 separate pictures are interspersed with multicoloured abstract designs. Painted onto the canvas to look like cut-outs are: a woman's face drawn in comic-book style; Elvis Presley singing into a microphone; two topless women; Friedrich Nietzsche; a skull, Mick Jagger singing; ...

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Imants Tillers: 'Terra incognita', 2005

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the large-format painting 'Terra incognita' by Imants Tillers (1950-). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's career and his artwork. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting's title means 'unknown ...

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'A break away!'

This is an oil painting on canvas (137.3 cm x 167.8 cm) created by Tom Roberts. It depicts an outback scene in the late 19th century, set in the Riverina district of New South Wales during a drought. A mob of sheep is being moved by drovers through a parched landscape in search of water and green pastures. Smelling water, ...

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'Early morning, Heidelberg'

This is a horizontal format oil painting, measuring 45.0 cm x 91.7 cm, by Walter Withers (1854-1914). The subject is a semi-rural landscape with buildings. It is early morning and the sun is rising from behind the viewer and shining directly onto the hat and apron of a woman standing by a fence. A scatter of chickens near ...

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Self-portrait of Grace Cossington Smith, c1951

This is a self-portrait oil painting by Grace Cossington Smith (1892-1984), measuring 48.9 cm x 36.7 cm. It shows a three-quarter view of the artist's head and upper body, with the eyes angled to look at the viewer. Cossington Smith is wearing a short-sleeved orange top buttoned to the neck. She has round dark-rimmed glasses ...

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'Jazz', c1930

This is a black-and-white photograph taken around 1930 by John Kauffmann (1864-1942), measuring 22.0 cm x 31.2 cm. It captures the reflection of a timber rowboat in water - a section of the boat can be seen in the upper right corner of the image. The slight rippling of the water's surface has broken up the reflection of ...

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'New home from outer space', 1971

This is a clip showing almost the entire item about a futuristic fibreglass dwelling. It featured in the weekly black-and-white newsreel, Australian Movie Magazine, released to cinemas on 28 October 1971. The clip shows a Scandinavian house shaped like a flying saucer and set up in an artificial pond in Perth. Two black ...

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A Nation is Built, 1938: Sydney - 'the Empire's second greatest white city'

This black-and-white clip shows Sydney in 1938, using a montage of images to represent it as a bustling, vibrant city. Shots of the central business district show its mix of colonial and modern architecture, and Art Deco buildings such as the City Mutual Life Building. Included are glimpses of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, ...

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'Music', 1928

This linocut print shows five stylised nudes - a pianist and four dancers - bending and swaying wildly to the rhythms of the music. The patterns made by their outstretched ochre bodies interact with bands of red, blue and green that sweep from several directions in arcs across the page to produce a dynamic and decorative ...

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'Golden summer, Eaglemont', 1889

This large oil painting by Arthur Streeton is of the rolling countryside along the Yarra River valley east of Heidelberg in Melbourne, looking towards the Dandenong Ranges. It depicts a late summer afternoon, so the sun casts long shadows from behind the viewer onto an expanse of dried-out pasture. On the right a magpie ...

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'The chase', 1946

In this enamel painting by Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly's armour and a gun are mounted on a galloping horse. The armour has red and yellow stripes. The horse is brown with four white socks, and it has a flat saddle held in place by a thin strap, but no stirrups, and there are reins but no bridle. A policeman mounted on a white ...