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Art has the unique ability to transport us to different worlds, cultures and experiences, all without needing to take one step. In this issue of NGV Magazine, the NGV Collection becomes the vehicle for examining surprises in everyday places, and the rich relationships between place, creativity and identity.
‘There are multiple ways of interacting with art … these interactions enable the questioning of the stories we reproduce, the narratives we legitimise.’
By Roanna GonsalvesDISCOVER ME Rembrandt Etchings
‘Saint Jerome under the pollard willow was made in 1648 and is one of the artist’s most unconventional etchings. It seems to have begun as a study of an old willow tree, battered by extreme weather.’
By Petra KayserCONSERVATION On Collecting: The von Büllingen Album of Watermarks
‘The Canon Ludwig von Büllingen album … is a highly valuable resource providing an overview of watermark design in Europe across five centuries and an insight into the history of letterpress printing, papermaking, the paper trade across Europe and ink manufacture.’
by Louise WilsonARTIST SPOTLIGHT Welcome to Destiny Deacon's Koori World
‘Sitting in the uncomfortable but compelling space somewhere between comedy and tragedy, Destiny Deacon contrasts seemingly innocuous childhood imagery with scenes taken from the darkest reaches of adulthood.’
by Myles Russell-CookIN RESPONSE The Sketchers
‘The sun flared bronze. The vanished houses and gouged sandstone now erupted with pylons, cables, two competing metal claws. The creeping cranes perched, daring each other to pirouette. Men climbed, knelt, danced across the weave of steel high above the ruffled harbour silk.’
By Emma AshmereCONTEMPORARY ART Drawing Real and Imaginary Worlds
‘The five contemporary artists presented here all use the medium of drawing in their own unique ways, from gestural mark making to controlled photorealism … inviting us to explore real and imaginary worlds.’
by Katharina Prugger