Tracey Moffatt

Vigils

April 26, 2018 — June 1, 2018


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Body Remembers: Spanish Window, 2017

digital rag paper painted with white inkaid pre-coat

63 3/4 x 96 in. (162 x 244 cm) edition of 6 + 2AP

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Body Remembers: Spirit House, 2017

digital rag paper painted with white inkaid pre-coat

63 3/4 x 96 in. (162 x 244 cm) edition of 6 + 2AP

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Body Remembers: Touch, 2017

digital rag paper painted with white inkaid pre-coat

63 3/4 x 96 in. (162 x 244 cm) edition of 6 + 2AP

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Body Remembers: Rock Shadow, 2017

digital rag paper painted with white inkaid pre-coat

63 3/4 x 96 in. (162 x 244 cm) edition of 6 + 2AP

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Body Remembers: Bedroom, 2017

digital rag paper painted with white inkaid pre-coat

63 3/4 x 96 in. (162 x 244 cm) edition of 6 + 2AP

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Body Remembers: Weep, 2017

digital rag paper painted with white inkaid pre-coat

63 3/4 x 96 in. (162 x 244 cm) edition of 6 + 2AP

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Body Remembers: Shadow Dream, 2017

digital rag paper painted with white inkaid pre-coat

63 3/4 x 96 in. (162 x 244 cm) edition of 6 + 2AP

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Body Remembers: Kitchen, 2017

digital rag paper painted with white inkaid pre-coat

63 3/4 x 96 in. (162 x 244 cm) edition of 6 + 2AP

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Body Remembers: Washing, 2017

digital rag paper painted with white inkaid pre-coat

63 3/4 x 96 in. (162 x 244 cm) edition of 6 + 2AP

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Body Remembers: Worship, 2017

digital rag paper painted with white inkaid pre-coat

63 3/4 x 96 in. (162 x 244 cm) edition of 6 + 2AP

Still from "Vigil", 2017

single - channel video

1:52 min.

Still from "Vigil", 2017

single - channel video

1:52 min.

ENLARGE

Installation view of "Vigils" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

April 26 - June 2, 2018

 

ENLARGE

Installation view of "Vigils" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

April 26 - June 2, 2018

 

ENLARGE

Installation view of "Vigils" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

April 26 - June 2, 2018

 

ENLARGE

Installation view of "Vigils" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

April 26 - June 2, 2018

 

ENLARGE

Installation view of "Vigils" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

April 26 - June 2, 2018

 

Works

INSTALLATION VIEWS

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to present Vigils, Tracey Moffatt’s third solo exhibition at the gallery, taking place from April 26 to June 1, 2018. The public is cordially invited to join the artist for the opening reception on Thursday, April 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The exhibition features Body Remembers, a series of ten large-scale photographs, and the single-channel video, Vigil. These works had their debut to wide acclaim as part of Moffatt’s solo presentation for the Australian Pavilion in the 2017 Venice Biennale, and Vigils marks their first showing outside of Venice. The exhibition will be immediately followed by The Travellers (June 7 to July 27, 2018), showcasing the second photographic series, Passages, from Moffatt’s Australian Pavilion.

One of today’s leading international visual artists working in photography, film and video, Moffatt is known as a powerful visual storyteller, and many of her works have achieved iconic status both in her home country of Australia and around the world. She approaches all her work with a film director’s eye for setting and narrative, and her photographs play with a dynamic array of printing processes. In her work for the Australian Pavilion, collectively entitled MY HORIZON, the horizon line functions both as a structural focal point within the images and as a metaphor for reaching one’s limitations and perhaps wanting to go beyond them. It represents a dream-like state of aspiration that is haunted by visions of an uncertain future and tinged with melancholy about what has come before. Body Remembers tells an oblique narrative centered on a single character, a woman dressed in an old-fashioned maid’s uniform, played by Moffatt herself, in homage to her mother and grandmother, who worked as domestics. “The maid returns to the house where she once worked, a place of memory and of where she felt a sense of security and perhaps a lost love,” Moffatt explains. “We see the interior of the house as it once was and again as a ruin.” The bleached-out colors evoke the heat and desolation of the primeval landscape, while the monumental scale of the photographs heightens the mythic quality of the archetypal figures of the woman and house. The video, Vigil, explores a different type of myth, that of Hollywood movies. A stirring montage of film clips, it features scenes of white movie stars gaping and staring with looks of dramatic horror, juxtaposed with visual graphics derived from contemporary images of boats packed with dark skinned migrants. The work explores issues of race and class within the context of the spectacle of mass media, and was inspired in part by a notorious incident in 2010 when a boat of asylum seekers heading for Australia sank off the coast of Christmas Island.

Moffatt was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1960, and studied visual communications at the Queensland College of Art, from which she graduated in 1982. Since her first solo exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney in 1989, she has participated in well over 500 exhibitions around the world. She first gained significant critical acclaim when her short film Night Cries was selected for official competition at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. She was based for twelve years in New York City, where many of her career landmarks took place. A major exhibition at the Dia Center for the Arts in 1997-98 solidified her international reputation. Her photographic series Scarred for Life was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum and her video LOVE at the Brooklyn Museum in 2007. Also that year, she received the Infinity Award for art photography, selected by an international panel at the International Center of Photography. A retrospective exhibition of her video work was on view at the Bronx Museum in 2011, and in 2012, the Museum of Modern Art presented a comprehensive retrospective of her films and videos, featuring screenings of all her major moving image works and a ten-day series of artist talks at the museum. She was honored with the Australia Council Visual Arts Award in 2013, and in 2016 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her “distinguished service to the visual and performing arts as a photographer and film maker, and as a mentor and supporter of, and role model for, Indigenous artists.” Her works are included in numerous major museum collections, including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Brooklyn Museum; Centre Pompidou; Stedelijk Museum; Tate Modern; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Tokyo.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Press Release

EXHIBITION REVIEWS

Artnet, Editors’ Picks: 19 Things to See in New York This Week

April, 2018


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GENERAL PRESS

Elephant: The Art Culture Magazine, Confessions of a Biennale Virgin

June, 2017


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The Saturday Paper, Tracey Moffatt at the 2017 Venice Biennale

June, 2017


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Artlink, The Masque Ball of Tracey Moffatt

June, 2017


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Canadian Art, Trouble Me Venice: An Indigenous Curator’s View of the Biennale

May, 2017


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Rai, Tutte le sfumature di Tracey Moffatt

May, 2017


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SBS, Inside ‘the Moffatt memory bank’: Tracey Moffatt’s storytelling through art

May, 2017


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ArchitectureAU, Ghosts, ruins and forced migration: the 2017 Australian Venice Biennale exhibition opens

May, 2017


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Australia Unlimited, Tracey Moffatt: Expanding Australia’s horizons

May, 2017


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Elephant Magazine, Twelve Female Artists to See at the 57th Venice Biennale

May, 2017


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ArtAsiaPacific, Tracey Moffatt

May, 2017


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Bega District News, Archibald tour breaks records as Bega gallery prepares for intimate new show

May, 2017


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Creators, Tracey Moffatt’s Venice Biennale Show Tackles Global Issues with Personal Stories

May, 2017


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The Guardian, Great Australian photographs: Something More by Tracey Moffatt – an audio essay

May, 2017


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Daily Review, Tracey Moffatt at the Venice Biennale: memories are made of this

May, 2017


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The Art Newspaper, Activism is top of Venice Biennale’s agenda

May, 2017


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Venice Biennale 2017: Tracey Moffatt’s My Horizon a roaring success

May, 2017


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Whitewall, Tracey Moffatt Represents Australia with MY HORIZON

May, 2017


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The Australian, Venice Biennale: Fog lifts on Tracey Moffatt’s My Horizon

May, 2017


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The Art Newspaper, State of the nations: our pick of the Venice Biennale pavilions

May, 2017


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The Art Newspaper, Art world’s tips for the Venice Biennale

May, 2017


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Hyperallergic, Perspectives on Female Identity

May, 2017


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The Australian, Tracey Moffatt retains the mystery ahead of Venice Biennale

April, 2017


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ABC, Tracey Moffatt defies labels but adds to the story of Aboriginal art in the Venice Biennale

April, 2017


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tracey Moffatt’s Venice Biennale entry is a hellish work

March, 2017


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The Australian, Venice Biennale ‘a gig like no other’ for Indigenous Photographer Tracey Moffatt

March, 2017


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The Guardian, Tracey Moffatt: ‘If it becomes a little terrifying then I’m interested’

March, 2017


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Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tracey Moffatt

May, 2016


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ArtsHub, Tracey Moffatt: Laudanum and other works

May, 2016


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Artnews, Tracey Moffatt will represent Australia at the 2017 Venice Biennale

December, 2015


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Body Parts

October, 2015


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The West Australian, Calling out around the world

February, 2015


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The Saturday Paper, Free Spirit

December, 2014


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The New York Times, Tracey Moffatt ‘Spirit Landscapes’

December, 2013


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Artforum, Tracey Moffatt

November, 2013


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Daily Serving, Tracey Moffatt: Spirit Landscapes at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

November, 2013


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Australia, Exhibition Catalogue

October, 2013


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Blouin Artinfo, Tracey Moffatt and Juliana Engberg Receive Australia Council Arts Award

March, 2013


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MoMA Film Retrospective

May, 2012


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Brooklyn Museum, Unfolding Tales: Selections from the Contemporary Collection

July, 2011


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Artpace, Tracey Moffatt: Handmade

May, 2011


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The Weekend Australian, Let me tell you a story

March, 2011


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Artslant, Other People

February, 2011


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Blouin Artinfo, The Agenda: February 2-8

February, 2011


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The Daily Beast, Tracey Moffatt’s “Other”

February, 2011


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Saatchi Online Magazine, Editor’s Pick – Top International Shows: January 10 – January 17, 2011

January, 2011


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Bronx Museum: Montages

October, 2010


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An Interview with Tracey Moffatt,

2010


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British Journal of Photography, Plantation

July, 2010


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The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

December, 2009


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Photofile, Tracey Moffatt

2008


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The Moving Images of Tracey Moffatt

2007


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Global Feminisms, Tracey Moffatt

2007


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Happy snaps that flatter and splatter

July, 2007


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The New York Times Style Magazine, The Goal Standard

March, 2007


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New York Magazine, Show and Tell: Tracey Moffatt

January, 2007


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Tracey Moffatt: Between Dreams and Reality

2006


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Eyemazing Magazine, Under the Sign of Scorpio

2006


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Tradition Today: Indigenous Art in Australia

2006


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The Independent, Australian Escapades

February, 2006


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Art Collector, Tracey Moffatt: New Work in New York

2005


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Art & Australia, Reading Tracey Moffatt

2005


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The Sydney Morning Herald, A girl’s own adventure

2005


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Courier Mail, Behind the Gloss

March, 2005


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Tracey Moffatt, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Catalogue

2004


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Foto, Tracey Moffatt

2004


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Strip Down

August, 2004


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Australian Financial Review, Something More About Moffatt

February, 2004


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Vibe, A Conversation With Tracey Moffatt

February, 2004


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Cream Magazine, Tracey in My Room

January, 2004


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Time, Hearts in the Picture

December, 2003


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The Australian, A singular perspective

December, 2003


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Zooming in on an artful tease

December, 2003


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V Magazine, Shanghai Surprise

May, 2003


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The Washington Post, Moffatt: This Dogma Can Bite

October, 2001


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Invocations, Tracey Moffatt

2001


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Women Artists, Tracey Moffatt

2001


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Los Angeles Times, Switching Roles in Identity Power Plays

April, 2001


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Sunday Herald, Little Miss Moffatt

April, 2001


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Vogue Hommes International, Tracey Moffatt

2000


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World of Dreamings, State Hermitage Museum

2000


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Artnews, Eclectic Eye

February, 2000


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Independent Filmmakers, Tracey Moffatt Hunters & Collectors

September, 1999


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The New York Times, Gazing in a Mirror

September, 1999


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Tracey Moffatt, IMA/Asialink

1999


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Creating One’s Own Reality

1999


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The Village Voice, Laudanum

May, 1999


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The Australian, Disturbing narrative of passion and power

April, 1999


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Free-Falling Catalogue

1998


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Tracey Moffatt: Innocence and Violence

1998


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Dia Art Foundation, Tracey Moffatt: Free-falling

September, 1997


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