The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

Arthur Boyd: Mys­te­ri­ous Eyes For Aus­tralian mod­ernist pain­ter Arthur Boyd, World War II and its af­ter­math was a deeply un­set­tling pe­riod, as it was for many young Aus­tralian artists. Rarely be­fore in Aus­tralian art had a gen­er­a­tion pro­duced such a suc­ces­sion of self-por­traits as Boyd, Sid­ney Nolan, Al­bert Tucker, Joy Hester and John Perce­val did dur­ing the 1940s. A young man whose soft fea­tures be­trayed the in­ten­sity of his own self­im­age, Boyd por­trayed oth­ers with equally con­cen­trated emo­tion. In this fo­cus ex­hi­bi­tion, Boyd’s self-por­trait at age 25 will be dis­played along­side a se­ries of his por­traits of oth­ers. Na­tional Por­trait Gallery, King Edward Ter­race, Parkes. Daily, 10am-5pm. In­quiries: (02) 6102 7000 or on­line. Un­til Au­gust 14. Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time The Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia is host­ing the in­stal­la­tion from this year’s Venice Bi­en­nale Aus­tralian artist, Fiona Hall. Es­tab­lished in 1895, the Venice Bi­en­nale is the world’s old­est bi­en­nial of in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary art. In Wrong Way Time, Hall uses dis­parate el­e­ments to fo­cus on three main con­cerns: global pol­i­tics, world fi­nances and the en­vi­ron­ment. Hall sees these three as failed states, “a mine­field of mad­ness, bad­ness and sad­ness” stretch­ing be­yond the fore­see­able fu­ture. Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Parkes Place, Can­berra. Daily, 9am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 6240 6411. Un­til July 10.

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