Portraits of Men @ Verge Gallery


Portraits of Men begins with paintings and objects from the University of Sydney Union art collection, and the University of Sydney art collection and image archive. These portraits of men – which represent a large proportion of portraits in the collections – adorn key spaces across the university, namely in The Grand Hall, where graduate ceremonies are held. Rarely seen in mass outside this formal university context, the presentation of these portraits at Verge Gallery aims to create a space for questions of power, patriarchy and practices of portraiture and collection. Portraits by contemporary artists Vincent Namatjira, Cherine Fahd, Abdul Abdullah, Joan Ross and Shannon Field slice through the formal portraits, presenting alternate histories and stories. These artists examine what portraiture can mean in a contemporary landscape, resisting dominant narratives, providing personal and political portraits of men. This exhibition will be accompanied by two public programs. One will discuss the history of portraiture and the ways that technology has changed the accessibility of the portrait. The other will interrogate the collection and discuss the ways that histories and cultures are represented in institutional spaces.


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