Mix Tape 1980s
Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style
Manifestations, 1982
Self-portrait 1987
from The bicentennial folio: prints by twenty-five Australian artists 1988
colour photo-screenprint
60.7 x 47.8 cm (image) 77.2 x 47.9 cm (sheet)
ed. 38/80
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased from Admission Funds, 1989
© Maria Kozic

Remembered as a decade of big hair, shoulder pads, music videos and an art market boom, the 1980s was a period in which artists took up a diverse range of aesthetic positions not merely as stylistic options but as trenchantly argued ethical choices. 

Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style explores a decade of dynamic change in contemporary art and culture, from appropriation and sampling in painting and music to the DIY aesthetics of post-punk music, art and fashion; and from postmodern critiques of history, authorship and originality to postcolonial revisions of Australian history and identity.

11 Apr 201301 Sep 2013 The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square