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Tom Nicholson
Cartoons for Joseph Selleny

Tom Nicholson Cartoons for Joseph Selleny 2012-14 (detail); charcoal drawings, perforated; wall drawing with crushed charcoal; artist’s book to take away; dimension variable. Photograph: Christian Capurro. Image courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane © the artist

AGNSW Contemporary Project

Cartoons for Joseph Selleny recalls the remarkable stay of the Austrian imperial frigate Novara that sailed to Sydney in late 1858.

The exhibition presents a set of large-scale charcoal drawings (produced as cartoons in the Renaissance style) alongside selected texts and letters, and an accompanying artist book.

Tom Nicholson has previously worked with archival material and in this work he uses a similar approach to engage with aspects of Australia’s early colonial history and the changing state of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations in this country.

Part of Contemporary at the Gallery 2014

AGNSW Contemporary Projects are supported by Andrew Cameron

Contemporary galleries with UBS

22 May – 10 Aug 2014

Free admission

Contemporary galleries