Say seeya to your socks because GOMA’s latest exhibit is sure to knock them off! ‘Quilty’ is the first major exhibition in a decade for one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists, Ben Quilty. Trust us, you’ll want to have a gander before October 13 because it’s not to be missed.

 

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Ben Quilty lives and creates in the Southern Highlands of NSW with his work showcased in major public, corporate and private collections around Australia and, it’s no surprise as to why. As a finalist in the prestigious Wynne and Archibald showcase and winner of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2009, it shows the true talent of his art. Quilty’s work has taken him around the world including Afghanistan, Greece, Serbia and Lebanon capturing the complexity and breadth of what he experiences.

 

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The ‘Quilty’ exhibition featuring now at GOMA, encapsulates everything from his early reflections on the initiation rituals of young Australian men to his time as an official war artist, plus his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. The collection also depicts the Australian landscape, and raw, intimate portraits of himself, his family and friends. Quilty’s work is compassionate and empathetic but also angry and resistant and can only be defined as radical humanism at its finest. If you’re after a refreshing perspective on both art and our current society, this is an exhibition you must see.

 

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Event details:
When: June 29 – October 13 2019
Where: GOMA
Tickets: Free

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