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This work originates from Garry Shead's collection: The Apotheosis of Ern Malley . A legend of Australian culture, Ern Malley was a fictitious poet published by the literary journal The Angry Penguins . Despite being heralded, Malley was actually a hoax designed to discredit modernism.
For Shead however, Malley's poetry transcends its creator's mischievous intent. Rather, emblematic of the Australian psyche, he seeks Malley as allegory for the creative individual's precarious path. As always, Shead's take is unexpected.
Collected by all public institutions, Shead has won the Archibald and Dobell prizes. Frolicking in the serious and profane, his work is at once poetic and interrogative. It will enliven collections of iconic Australian art, as well as all fans of Modernism, Australian history and a good hoax. Garry SHEAD (1942 - )'Petit Testament' 2005etching on paperEdition of 75Image Size: 30 x 22 cm Signed: Signed, titled and numbered in marginComes with Letter of Provenance
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