Exhibition explodes Australia’s atomic past

A new touring exhibition tells the long overdue story of Australia’s dark atomic past through five decade of art.
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Detail of Jnathan Kumintjarra Brown’s painting Frogmen (1996); Private collection, courtesy the artist estate

Legend of Australian art history, Margaret Olley often advised Archibald-winner Ben Quilty not to get involved in causes. Quilty clearly did not listen. If Olley were still alive he would have received an admonishing phone call today, having last night opened Black Mist Burnt Country – Testing the Bomb, Maralinga and Australian Art at S.H. Ervin Gallery.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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