Popism 1982 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Judy Annear

Published : 2020


Part of the 2 year lecture series Defining Moments; Australian Exhibition Histories 1968-99 organised by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2019-20. The exhibition POPISM was held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1982. At 24 years old, recent honours graduate and founder and editor of Art & Text magazine, Paul Taylor was invited to curate an exhibition of contemporary Australian art. The NGV was usually described as ‘the bunker’ with apparently little connection to the local art scene or experimental practice. POPISM came like a bolt from the blue, hard on the heels of the first five issues of Art &Text.

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