Tony Albert & Timoteus Anggawan Kusno
5 Lock Road, #01-06
25 February – 26 March 2017
On the morning of Sunday 23 January 2011, a farmer in Yogyakarta discovers a crop circle in his rice paddies. Local Air Force launches an aerial investigation, photographing the 70m diameter geometric pattern from a helicopter. The resulting press release concludes the crop circle was imprinted by a UFO from the height of 1000 feet and from a number of different angles.
In Tony Albert & Timoteus Anggawan Kusno, Tony Albert presents a new series of work titled Crop Circles of Yogya, developed during his residency at the Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta (supported by Asialink). Albert appropriates farmer’s conical hats into wearable UFOs, takes portraits of Yogyakarta locals wearing the objects, and then highly embellishes the subsequent photographic prints with stickers of widely recognisable pop culture symbolism. Notions of otherness – the ‘Alien’ – are subverted through the saturation of Western iconography adorning these images. Exploring how developing countries engage with the Western world, and vice versa, Albert interrogates imagined and constructed understandings of otherness. Situating himself as a visitor, Albert engages local tradition, personal narrative, and collectively relatable symbolism, to ask – who is the Alien here?
Young & Free | An Australian Discourse
Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega
10 February – 18 March 2017
Leading Australian artists Abdul Abdullah, Joan Ross, Liam Benson and Sullivan+Strumpf artists Alex Seton and Tony Albert deliver works from their recent history that expose, play with and question broad contentious contemporary themes of Australian culture.
Young & Free showcases artists whose work discusses ideas of colonialism, nationalism, and hot button issues around immigration policy, patriotism, Indigenous affairs and gender identity.
27 January – 18 February 2017
TONY ALBERT + TIMOTEUS ANGGAWAN KUSNO
Cemeti Art House
D.I. Panjaitan 41, Yogyakarta
15 October – 1 November 2016
Kerjasama, or ‘Collaborate’, is a reciprocal visual arts residency between Australian artist Tony Albert and Indonesian artist Timoteus Anggawan Kusno. Kerjasama #3 is the third phase of the residency program, where both artists bring together their collaborative works for a final presentation and an artists’ talk on 20 September 2016.
2016 Archibald Prize
Art Gallery of NSW
16 July – 9 October 2016
2016 FLEURIEU ART PRIZE
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
3 June – 29 July 2016
Tony Albert has been awarded the world’s richest landscape art prize, The Fleurieu Art Prize, for his work The Hand You’re Dealt.
Tony Albert’s winning work The Hand You’re Dealt is a wall piece comprised of a suite of vintage playing cards, whose placement weaves references to Western popular culture and Australian Aboriginal culture. These intricate pieces which comprise the overall installation are superbly crafted by Albert through cutting, collage and construction techniques, work to displace traditional Australian Aboriginal aesthetics and accepted national stereotypes. This seamless blend of the kitsch and classic speaks in a contemporary voice about the Australian landscape.
33rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Tony Albert is one of 75 artists selected as finalists for the country’s most prestigious national Indigenous Art Award.
The 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award marks the 25th year of the relationship between Telstra and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). The award was founded by MAGNT in 1984, and remains Australia’s first, most prestigious and longest-running award dedicated to Indigenous art and artists.
The exhibition will be on view from 6 August – 30 October 2016 at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin.
Kerjasama: Indigenous Artist in Residence 2016
Asialink Arts Residency Laboratory
Alice Springs | Yogyakarta
Kerjasama or ‘Collaborate’ is a residency model launched in 2014 through Asialink’s Arts Residency Laboratory. It was developed in response to significant interest from Asian artists to experience regional Australia and increase their understanding of Indigenous artistic traditions and communities. Kerjasama is a crucial platform for Asialink to increase awareness of the Arts Residency Program to Indigenous applicants, and a means of supporting reciprocal residencies for Indonesian artists to Australia who have no governmental support.
Albert and Indonesian artist Timoteus Anggawan Kusno will spend six weeks together at Artback NT in Alice Springs before heading to Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta.
Tony Albert will undertake a 12-month residency at Alexandria Park Community School in 2016 as part of the Park Road Studio artist-in-residence initiative, which has been running for three years. As well as creating new work in his own designated studio space on site, Albert will mentor students to produce a number of projects throughout the year.
This initiative is supported by the Fresh AIR: Artist in Residence Initiative a partnership between Arts NSW, the Australia Council for the Arts and the NSW Department of Education and Communities with key support from Alexandria Park Community School and the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.
Gold Coast Art Prize
The Arts Centre, Gold Coast
135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
5 December 2015 – 31 January 2016
Tony Albert has been selected as a finalist in the Gold Coast Art Prize 2015. Now in its 47th year, the popular award provides an opportunity to showcase excellent contemporary art practice from across Australia. The prize is open to all Australian artists working in any art media except photography.