In Your Face! Cartoons about politics and society 1760 - 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010 -
Sunday, August 08, 2010,
09:00 AM -
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.
In your face! programs
In Your Face! Exhibition catalogue
144 page soft cover, only $35.00
Call the gallery to purchase