Meditation on a Bone Albert Tucker Beyond the Modern

Various
Date: 
1 September 2018 24 February 2019
Location: 
Heide III: Albert & Barbara Tucker Gallery
Curator/s: 
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.

Albert Tucker, Masked Intruder 1965, oil on composition board, 122 x 151 cm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, On long-term loan from the Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation, © The Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation. Courtesy of Sotheby’s Australia