Nick Cave 1999
Commissioned with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG, 1999
Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
© The Estate of Howard Arkley. Licensed by Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art
A National Gallery of Victoria Touring Exhibition
6 July – 16 September 2007 Gallery 1.1, GoMA
Howard Arkley’s obsessive portraits of suburban Melbourne houses are among the most dedicated and serious studies of Australian popular culture in postwar painting. Despite their satirical humour and parody, Arkley’s works are a careful portrayal of subject matter which fascinated the artist for more than two decades. This retrospective exhibition presents the evolution of Arkley’s oeuvre from the early 1970s to the final major works shown at the Venice Biennale in 1999, just before his death the same year.
Exhibition Talk: Howard Arkley
2:00pm Saturday 08 September
Presented by Dr John Gregory, Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University, and author of Carnival in
Suburbia: The Art of Howard Arkley 2006. Gallery 1.1, GoMA.