Meditation on a Bone Albert Tucker Beyond the Modern

1 September 2018 24 February 2019
Albert & Barbara Tucker Gallery
Glenn Barkley
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For this exhibition, artist and curator Glenn Barkley has mined Albert Tucker’s library and archive to explore how Tucker’s fascination with art of the past and other cultures informed his painting over the decades.

The exhibition title cites a poem by A.D. Hope that Barkley found bookmarked in the library, a text reflecting on the way a handcrafted object links two people across several centuries. Central to Meditation on Bone is the motif of the mask, another culturally loaded device that can have meaning in both the past and the present. The display includes books, photographs and archival material from Tucker’s personal collection, together with works by a range of artists who use the mask literally and conceptually as a way to obscure meaning, invite nostalgia, and connect histories.


Laurence Aberhart
Tony Albert
Glenn Barkley
Dorothy Berry
Karla Dickens
Lynda Draper
Scott Duncan
Ruki Famé
Caroline Garcia
Simon Gende
Tarryn Gill
Raven Halfmoon
Glenda Havilah
John Havilah
Adrian Lazzaro
Louise Meuwissen
Ramesh Nitheyendran
Jason Phu
Tom Polo

The Albert and Barbara Tucker Gallery
The Albert & Barbara Tucker Gallery was established in 2006 following Barbara Tucker’s gift to Heide of some 200 paintings, works on paper and photographs by Albert Tucker and his peers. The purpose-built gallery hosts a series of changing exhibitions: in-depth explorations of the themes and periods of Tucker’s oeuvre alternate with projects that examine his work within and historical, art historical, theoretical or contemporary context.

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