Untitled (Service Trays) | 2017
Albert has exhibited at many international venues, including the Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France; the Singapore Art Museum; the National Museum of China, Beijing; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; the 10th Biennial of Havana, Cuba; and the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Dark Heart. Prestigious art prizes include the $65,000 Fleurieu Art Prize for Landscape, 2016; the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize, 2016; and the $50,000 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, 2016. The National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Queensland Art Gallery have collected his work.
Tony Albert’s art practice interrogates contemporary legacies of colonialism in a way that prompts the audience to contemplate elemental aspects of the human condition. Mining imagery and source material from across the globe and drawing upon personal and collective histories, Albert questions how we understand, imagine and construct difference. Certain political themes and visual motifs resurface across his oeuvre, including thematic representations of the ‘outsider’ and the target motif of concentric circles.