National Gallery of Victoria

Richard Mosse’s Incoming – A military-grade camera & Migrants

As sad and as unfortunate as it may sound, war has the uncanny capacity to spawn an overflow of artistic output. The installations and exhibitions that come out of war throw new light on the motivation for conflict and the responses to conflict by soldiers. Art pieces inspired by war also highlight the widely varying …

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Ian Strange burns down suburban houses in the name of art

Suburban is a complex film and photography installation by New York-based Australian artist Ian Strange. Suburban was created by Strange as a result of a collaboration with a film crew and volunteers from different parts of America, including Alabama, Detroit, New Hampshire, Ohio and New York. Over the course of three months, Strange and the …

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Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds & His plan to retire from painting

Andy Warhol is no stranger to critical acclaim; his various works introduced thousands of audiences to contemporary art, which helped to put American artists on the map, and it waged war against abstract expressionism. Warhol effectively managed, time and time again, to shatter distinctions in art and he helped to reshape the aesthetic criteria that …

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Thomas Demand’s Grotto – 52 tons of cardboard cut into 900,000 pieces

Thomas Demand has ignited the imaginations and adventurous sides of viewers with his photography piece, titled Grotto. Pulling viewers into an underground cavern covered in beautiful bright stalactites and stalagmites, art lovers find themselves in the center of the earth. However, if viewers look a little deeper, they will find much more with Grotto than …

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Takahiro Iwasaki’s intricate miniatures of ancient Japanese temples

Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki’s sculpture the Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss) is a sophisticated miniature recreation of Phoenix Hall, which is part of Japan’s Byodo-in Temple complex. Embodying many elements of tradition and modernity, the piece imitates the reflection of the traditional mirror pond as a physical object, suspended from the ceiling, performing to the audience …

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