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Gallery Michael Reid - Australian Art

Thylacine 1936

Joseph McGlennon




The art gallery Michael Reid - Australian Art opened in April in Berlin´s central Mitte neighbourhood.

It is intended to use Berlin as a base - midway between London & Moscow - to reach out across Europe to Australian art interested collectors and curators. The Berlin gallery will be a permanent hub for Australian art in Europe. The gallery is directly linked into a wider catchment of art galleries that offer a bridge between Australia & Europe in terms of selecting artwork for exhibition. There will be colleagues on both sides of the world, working in unison to make the Berlin gallery a success. This is crucial as quality control over art practice and the quality of artwork that is sent from Australia to represent Australia, is of upmost importance.

We proudly announce our second European exhibition for 2013
Joseph McGlennon Thylacine 1936


Joseph McGlennon burst on to the contemporary art scene in 2011 with his first - and sell out - solo exhibition Strange Voyage, a suite of photographs of taxidermied kangaroos placed proudly within idealised English landscapes.

In his forthcoming show, Thylacine 1936 McGlennon turns his focus to the extinct Tasmanian Tiger. In 1936 the last tiger in captivity died in the Hobart zoo - the same year official protection of the species was introduced by the Tasmanian government.



Thought to be of rare status in early years of European settlement, the tiger was systematically culled at the turn of the century, reviled as a threat to sheep – the major resource of the economy of the Tasmanian colony.

A number of factors contributed to its eventual extinction including the concurrent extinction of prey species, the competition of introduced wild dogs, disease and erosion of habitat.

The magnificently marked and handsome faced marsupial has become fabled and mythologised. There have been thousand of purported sightings of the animal since 1936 and several high value rewards for proof of existence and safe capture of the tiger.

The image of the extinct Thylacine has become emblematic for nostalgia of the past, of lost histories and lost time. Due to what is gone forever and what can never be known, McGlennon´s tigers are imbued with power, knowledge, and gentle nobility. McGlennons photographs are deeply romantic with a strong emotional pull. The coupling of the lost species as they gaze beyond the untamed landscape toward signs of encroaching Europeans foretells their fate. “…something wild observed for a brilliant moment before vanishing into the fog of time. These creatures dwell in a most complex, beautiful and sadly unreachable world”1



A finalist in the 2011 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Open Competition, McGlennon´s work is held in many public and private collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Hyatt Hotel Singapore and Marco Polo Developments.

1 Mark Kimber, Studio head of photography and new media, University of South Australia

When:
6 June to 21 July 2013
Where:
Michael Reid Berlin
Ackerstraße 163
D-10115 Berlin
+49 (0) 175 62 65 100
inakurotschkin@michaelreid.com.au
michaelreid.com.au

When:
1 June to 29 June 2013
Where:
Michael Reid Sydney
44 Roslyn Gardens
Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011
+61 (0)2 8353 3500
rebeccarichards@michaelreid.com.au
Gallery Michael Reid - Australian Art




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