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We used to talk about love
Balnaves contemporary: photomedia

Image: Paul Knight 19 months #1 (detail) from Untitled 2010, folded type C photograph, 88 × 98 cm, image courtesy and © the artist

Is it possible to surmise the mystery of love or to reveal the emotions it engenders?

From Polly Borland’s playfully dressed-up bodies, replete with sexual suggestion, to Tim Silver’s disintegrating sculpture of a stargazing young man, this exhibition considers the variegated terrain of love’s language – joy, elation, desire, eroticism, longing, loss, melancholia and memory.

For the first time since they were opened in 1988, the now-named Franco and Amina Belgiorno-Nettis and Family Contemporary Galleries at the Art Gallery of NSW has been architecturally reconsidered, in a collaboration with Minifie van Schaik Architects. This more intimate viewing experience takes visitors on a spatial and emotional journey through love’s language, from beginning to end.

The exhibition includes photomedia, video, collage, sculpture and installation with works by Polly Borland, Eliza Hutchison, Paul Knight, Angelica Mesiti, David Noonan, David Rosetzky, Darren Sylvester, Tim Silver, Glenn Sloggett, Grant Stevens and Justene Williams.

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Supported by
The Balnaves Foundation

31 Jan – 21 Apr 2013

Free admission

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