Robyn Stacey: as still as life leads audiences into the tantalising world of the still life tradition. The exhibition opens with an exploration of still life photographs drawn from MGA’s collection, placing the genre and Robyn Stacey’s work into context.
Stacey is one of Australia’s leading photographic artists whose fascination with the still life genre inspired the magnificent works in this exhibition. Through the contemporary medium of photography Stacey brings historical collections to life on a monumental scale, interrogating what these collections meant for the original owners and brilliantly interweaving personal historical narratives into sumptuous still life.
Artists: Ann Balla, Del Kathryn Barton, Francis Busby, Nanette Carter, Jack Cato, Katthy Cavaliere, Olive Cotton, Sean Davey, Julie Davies and Alex Rizkalla, Marian Drew, Max Dupain, John Eaton, Susan Fereday, Joachim Froese, Viva Gibb, Christine Godden, Janina Green, Fiona Hall, Carol Jerrems, Ruth Maddison, Penelope Malone, David Moore, George J Morris, Jozef Stanislaw Ostoja-Kotkowski, Susan Purdy, Jacky Redgate, Jon Rhodes, Michael Riley, Matthew Sleeth, Robyn Stacey, Mark Strizic, Unknown, Beverley Veasey, Anne Zahalka.
Curator: Anouska Phizacklea
Image: Robyn Stacey, Miss Eliza Wentworth’s glassware 2008 from the series The great and the good , chromogenic print, 120.0 x 160.2 cm. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection, acquired with the funds raised by Friends of MGA Inc 2009. Courtesy of the artist, Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney) and Jan Manton Gallery (Brisbane).