Robert KlippelUntitled (Opus no. 535) 1985 (detail). Wood and painted wood, 305 x 38 x 38 cm. Purchased 1985. Howard Taylor Column 1970 (detail). Jarrah and pine, 141 x 45.5 x 45.5 cm. Purchased 1983. Howard TaylorObject on the ground 1989. Oil on canvas, 90.5 x 120 cm. Purchased 1990. Gulumbu Yunupingu Garak [The Universe] 2007 (detail). Natural ochre, earth pigment and synthetic binder on hollowed trunk, 280 cm (height). Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2012 © Gulumbu Yunupingu, 2007. All artworks: State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Is contemporary art a mystery to you? New ideas, new materials, new locations and new attitudes about what is art, can be dazzling and sometimes challenging.
Arranged in loose chronological and thematic groupings, these works show that contemporary art defies easy definitions or uniform organising conventions and is shaped by diverse influences, both local and global.
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