Thumbs up on NGV acquisition

Iconic sculpture by David Shrigley finds permanent home in Melbourne.
Man in blue t-shirt standing next to outdoor bronze sculpture of a huge hand with an elongated thumb sticking up in the air. David Shrigley, NGV

NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) International has announced today (18 March) that it has acquired British artist, David Shrigley’s larger-than-life bronze Really Good, 2016, which has been placed at the entrance to the Gallery since December 2023.

Included in the NGV Triennial, the major acquisition has been made possible by the Felton Bequest, which was established in 1904 and was the greatest charitable gift in Australia at the time.

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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