Queensland Art Gallery: TONY ALBERT – VISIBLE

Until 7 OCT 2018

Tony Albert
Girramay people
Australia b.1981
Pay attention, 2011
Digital print
on 330gsm 100% cotton paper, ed. 6/25
75 x 57cm (comp.)

At QAG, “‘Visible’ surveys the work of Tony Albert one of the most exciting young Indigenous Australian artists working today.

All aspects of his practice — from object-based assemblages, to painting, photography, video and installation — provide a powerful response to the misrepresentation of Australia’s First Peoples in popular and collectible imagery.

The title of the exhibition ‘Visible’, speaks to one of Albert’s often used quotes ‘Invisible is my favourite colour’, a response which frames the exhibition. The exhibition interrogates representations of Aboriginal people through a mix of humour and poignancy, while tackling issues of race and representation head-on, and includes the artist’s epic appropriations and re-appropriations of kitsch ‘Aboriginalia’.”

TONY ALBERT was born 1981, Townsville, QLD.  In 2016 Albert won the prestigious Fleurieu Biennale with a landscape entitled The hand you’re dealt, installation, vintage Aboriginal playing cards, dimensions variable.

“Over the past 10 years Tony Albert has achieved extraordinary visibility and much critical acclaim for his visual art practice, which combines text, video, drawing, painting and three-dimensional objects.


Examining the legacy of racial and cultural misrepresentation, particularly of Australia’s Aboriginal people, Albert has developed a universal language that seeks to rewrite historical mistruths and injustice.  

In 2014 Albert was awarded the Basil Sellers Art Prize and the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. This year he was awarded a prestigious residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York and unveiled a major new monument in Sydney’s Hyde Park dedicated to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service.

Albert’s work can be seen in major national and international museums and private collections.”

Only just catching up with the work of Tony Albert / some of the best work I have seen for a long time – love it!

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