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Tony Albert’s practice explores contemporary legacies of colonialism in ways which prompt audiences to contemplate elements of the human condition. Mining imagery and source material from across the globe, Albert draws on both personal and collective histories to explore the ways in which optimism might be utilised to overcome adversity. His practice is concerned with identity and the ascribing of social labels; unpacking what it means to judge and be judged in the absence of recognition or understanding.

Albert’s technique and imagery are distinctly contemporary, displacing traditional Australian Aboriginal aesthetics with a kind of urban conceptuality. Appropriating textual references from sources as diverse as popular music, film, fiction, and art history, Albert plays with the tension arising from the visibility, and in-turn, the invisibility of Aboriginal People across the news media, literature, and the visual world. Central to this way of working is Albert’s expansive collection of Aboriginalia (a term the artist coined to describe kitschy objects and images that feature naive portrayals of Aboriginality).

In 2019 Albert is included in numerous significant group exhibitions, including the presentation of a monumental installation for Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters; the unveiling of a large-scale sculpture commissioned by Carriageworks for The National 2019: New Australian Art; The City of Milan-PAC’s invitation exhibition Australia: A Journey Down Under; and Enlighten Festival, Canberra, which will include I am Visible, an illuminated artwork commissioned by The National Gallery of Australia.

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2020
2020 PROGRAM LAUNCH & ANNUAL SUMMER GROUP SHOWSullivan+Strumpf
2019
Museum of DaysSullivan+Strumpf
2014
Tony Albert 'We Come in Peace'Sullivan+Strumpf
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Just like the time before and the time before that, 2013

Pigment print on aluminium, acrylic paint
11 2/5 × 8 3/10 in
29 × 21 cm
Location
Zetland, Sydney, Singapore
Medium

Tony Albert’s practice explores contemporary legacies of colonialism in ways which prompt audiences to contemplate elements of the human condition. Mining imagery and source material from across the globe, Albert draws on both personal and collective histories to explore the ways in which optimism might be utilised to overcome adversity. His practice is concerned with identity and the ascribing of social labels; unpacking what it means to judge and be judged in the absence of recognition or understanding.

Albert’s technique and imagery are distinctly contemporary, displacing traditional Australian Aboriginal aesthetics with a kind of urban conceptuality. Appropriating textual references from sources as diverse as popular music, film, fiction, and art history, Albert plays with the tension arising from the visibility, and in-turn, the invisibility of Aboriginal People across the news media, literature, and the visual world. Central to this way of working is Albert’s expansive collection of Aboriginalia (a term the artist coined to describe kitschy objects and images that feature naive portrayals of Aboriginality).

In 2019 Albert is included in numerous significant group exhibitions, including the presentation of a monumental installation for Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters; the unveiling of a large-scale sculpture commissioned by Carriageworks for The National 2019: New Australian Art; The City of Milan-PAC’s invitation exhibition Australia: A Journey Down Under; and Enlighten Festival, Canberra, which will include I am Visible, an illuminated artwork commissioned by The National Gallery of Australia.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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