• Artist
    Norman Lindsay
  • Title
    World War I recruitment poster for the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Date of Production
    c. 1918
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Credit Details
    Purchased, 2010

In Your Face! Cartoons about politics and society 1760 - 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010 - Sunday, August 08, 2010, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Admission: $10, conc. $6

This exhibition celebrates the tradition of making social and political comment in the form of the cartoon and caricature about current affairs, a tradition that goes back many centuries but has been at its most vibrant since mass circulation printing became commonplace in the late 18th century.

Visitors to the exhibition may be surprised to discover that the things which amuse, annoy, terrify and bamboozle us are in many cases the same as those which exercised the minds of our ancestors 200 years ago - sex, politics, religion, fashion, doctors and lawyers, and, of course, the Royal Family.

In this journey through two centuries of cartooning visitors will look back to Australia's British roots, with the work of satirists such as William Hogarth and James Gillray, with insights into contemporary society and politics from such household names as Nicholson, Tandberg, Leunig and Spooner.

The cartoons cover a range of themes, including John Spooner's personal selection of his favourite cartoons by the great 18th century artist James Gillray. It also gives insights into the things that have tickled Ballarat funny bones from the goldfields era to today.

This special paid-entry exhibition is drawn largely from the Art Gallery of Ballarat's own extraordinary collection of cartoons and caricatures, which is one of the best in the country.


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In Your Face! Exhibition catalogue

In your face! exhibition catalogue

144 page soft cover, only $35.00

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