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Time Out (Sydney) - - CITY LIFE -

It’s fre­quently said that Aus­tralians don’t know or care much about their own his­tory and have lit­tle un­der­stand­ing of what oc­curred dur­ing coloni­sa­tion. But the artists who were cre­at­ing work on both sides of the black-white divide cap­tured ex­traor­di­nary land­scapes, scenes of colo­nial de­vel­op­ments and scenes of con­flict that of­fer a colour­ful glimpse into our fre­quently dark past. These dual ex­hi­bi­tions in Mel­bourne show the col­li­sion of west­ern and In­dige­nous art and trace how an Aus­tralian artis­tic ex­pres­sion came to be.

Colony: Australia 1770–1861 (un­til Jul 15) looks at the west­ern art from the era, show­ing how the colonists viewed what was to them an un­usual and new land.

Colony: Fron­tier Wars (un­til Sep 2) looks at In­dige­nous art cre­ated in re­sponse to colo­nial­ism over the last two cen­turies. Both ex­hi­bi­tions are free, and both are at the NGV’s Fed­er­a­tion Square gallery. Ben Neutze, Time Out Mel­bourne

Henry Burn, ‘Swanston Street from the Bridge’, 1861

John Glover, ‘The River Nile, Van Diemen’s Land, from Mr Glover’s Farm’, 1837

Julie Dowl­ing, ‘Good­bye White Fella Re­li­gion’, 1992

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