Macquarie University Art Gallery

Macquarie University Art Gallery

Luca and Aki

Tamara Dean | Luca and AkiAbout Face 2016, archival inkjet print on cotton rag paper, Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Tamara Dean, 2019, Macquarie University Art Collection, Courtesy of the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary.

Tamara Dean
About Face: are you a boy or a girl?

Curators: Rhonda Davis and Kate Hargraves

Mirror 2: Portraits from the Collection, New Donations

Curators: Leonard Janiszweski and Andrew Simpson

25 November 2019 - 21 February 2020
A Macquarie Art Gallery exhibition

Tamara Dean’s About Face: are you a boy or a girl? challenges, with acute adroit, the preconceptions we associate with dress codes, hairstyles and facial features as gender specific. Comprised of androgynous faces, the portraits themselves pose questions of identity and the role it takes in shaping how the onlooker perceives that person to be.  Dean calls upon the viewer to reconceive the notion of identity as fluid and symbolic to the way we dress, look and act. The works are atmospherically characterised, using cinematic-lit backdrops that draw the viewer into the subject’s world with arresting beauty that extends the act of looking.

Mirror Mirror 2 explores portraiture within the context of a media-driven society running in parallel with the rise of the selfie. Evocative and thought-provoking, this exhibition depicts portraits in all guises from the grandiose celebrity, known to the public faces to the everyday private world of individuals. The efficacy that lies behind the creation of a self-portrait, continues to entice.

Joanna Braithwaite, Kathrin Longhurst, Michael Muir, Paul Newton, Kate Shaw and Sally Ross.

The interwoven thread that joins these two fascinating exhibitions are the way in which portraiture expands our views about the role of identity and the way in which that plays out in a variety of situations.

Join us for a lunchtime artist talk with one of Australia’s leading portrait painters and Archibald finalists Paul Newton

Wednesday 19 February at 1pm

Afternoon tea will be included


Macquarie University Art Gallery
19 Eastern Rd, Macquarie University, NSW 2109 Australia

T: 02 9850 7437

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