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  • Anne Zahalka, Flocking flamingos, 2018, pigment ink on canvas, 39 3⁄8 × 59”. From the series “Wild Life in the Age of the Anthropocene,” 2018.

    Anne Zahalka

    Dominik Mersch Gallery

    Anne Zahalka broke onto the Australian art scene as one of a number of talented women artists who rode the wave of postmodernism in the 1980s. Her early work combining photography and appropriation is typically viewed as debunking stereotypes of place, identity, and culture, and as showing photographic verisimilitude to be a theatrical construct. One of Zahalka’s best-known early works refigures the Australian modernist Max Dupain’s famous black-and-white photograph Sunbaker, 1937, which highlights the impressive musculature and oiled skin of a male surfer soaking up rays on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

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