ART GALLERY OF NSW, 26 MARCH - 5 SEPTEMBER 2021
CARRIAGEWORKS, 26 MARCH - 20 JUNE 2021
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 26 MARCH - 22 AUGUST 2021
Sally Smart and Abdullah M. I. Syed will both feature in The National 2021: New Australian Art. Smart will be exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art whilst Syed will be exhibited in the Art Gallery of NSW.
This series of exhibitions is a celebration of contemporary Australian art. The third in a series of biennial survey exhibitions, it showcases work being made across the country by artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. Through ambitious new and commissioned projects, the 39 artists, collectives and collaboratives featured across three venues respond to the times in which they live, presenting observations that are provocative, political and poetic. The National is a partnership between the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). This year, it has been curated by Matt Cox and Erin Vink (AGNSW), Abigail Moncrieff (Carriageworks), and Rachel Kent (MCA). Working in close dialogue, they have developed three distinct presentations of new Australian art that together highlight many of the ideas and concerns motivating artists in Australia today.