The National: New Australian Art

While looking for the contemporary Australian aesthetic, Mark Rappolt finds instead a ‘polyphonic celebration of difference’

By Mark Rappolt

Archie Moore, United Neytions, 2014–17,(installation view, The National, 2017, Carriageworks). Photo: Zan Wimberley Nicholas Mangan, Limits to Growth, 2016–17, six hand-printed c-type photographs on Kodak premier, dimensions variable. ©theartist. Courtesy the artist, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland, and LABOR, Mexico City

Art Gallery of New South Wales 30 March – 16 July Carriageworks 30 March – 25 JuneMuseum of Contemporary Art Australia 30 March – 18 June Featuring work by 45 artists and uniting a trinity of Sydney’s arts institutions, The National is a sprawling group exhibition that nominally attempts to gloss the discourses and practices that define the state of contemporary art in Australia. Given the title (there will be two further iterations of the project, in 2019 and 2021), identity…

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