Broken Hill is set to see more of some of Australia’s iconic identities than they ever thought they would thanks to a National Portrait Gallery touring exhibition.
Bare: Degrees of Undress celebrates the candid, contrived, natural, sexy, ironic, beautiful, and fascinating nature of Australian portraiture that shows a bit of skin. Bare selects and remixes portraits from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection around elements of nakedness.
Portraits of Billy Slater, Germaine Greer, Dame Edna Everage, Matthew Mitcham, David Gulpilil, Megan Gale and many others will be on display. The intriguing exhibition explores the subtle but crucial differences between the naked and the nude, being dressed or undressed and seeing someone clothed or unclothed.
The exhibition also features works by local photographer Robin Sellick, with portraits of the Golden Girls swimming team and Harry Kewell included in the touring exhibition.
Council’s Gallery and Museum Manager Tara Callaghan said that exhibitions like Bare are important for Broken Hill’s cultural fabric.
“Living in a remote city means that we can’t always see the big ticket exhibitions put on by Australia’s leading institutions, so it’s always great to get touring exhibitions like this,” She said.
“The National Portrait Gallery is one of the most important galleries in the country, and it’s easy to see why.
“We are lucky to have Penny Grist, Assistant Curator from the National Portrait Gallery, here with us in Broken Hill to open the show on Friday night. Followed by a free curator’s floor talk of the exhibition on Saturday 7th of October at 2pm.”
Opening alongside Bare: Degrees of Undress this Friday night is Visual Stimulation by Bob Groves and Gillian Hand’s Good Yarns.
What: Gallery openings
Where: Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
When: Friday 6th October 6:00pm