History Problem. A Selection of Works from the Michael Buxton Collection at the Australia Club 2016

The Australian Club

1 February – 29 April 2016

History Problem: selected works from the Michael Buxton Collection
Curated by Mark Feary and Luisa Bosci

Howard Arkley
Daniel Boyd
Stephen Bush
Nadine Christensen
Daniel Crooks
Juan Davila
Bill Henson
Helen Johnson
David Jolly
James Morrison
Callum Morton                                                                                    

History Problem presents a selection of works from the Michael Buxton Collection assembled around depictions of and reflections on the colonial history of Australia, as well as the evolving architectural form that the nation’s cities have taken, with particular emphasis on Melbourne. The exhibition acknowledges the context of the Australian Club and its presence within the city as it has developed over the past century and a half through works that register the significant changes since European settlement. Importantly, many of the featured works make reference to architectural and urban evolutions that frame our existence in the city. 

Drawing on the significant depth of the collection, History Problem features works by some of the most revered contemporary artists working in Australia. With an emphasis on painting, this exhibition highlights the diversity of artists working and pushing the parameters of the medium, integrating techniques of abstraction and figuration. This collection of paintings is supported by photographic and video works, acknowledging the diversity of mediums and tools artists employ within their practices. History Problem has been specifically developed for the Australian Club, taking into consideration the historical and cultural importance of the institution, with the exhibition similarly reflecting the constant evolution of the city and nation as well as the figures that have shaped it.