In the ultimate meeting of art worlds new and old, the Art Gallery of NSW unleashed a hoard of snap-happy Instagramers on their The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland exhibition in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Much like those previously held at New York’s Met Museum, the Tate Modern and Frieze art fair in London, the Louvre in Paris and recently the Mona in Tasmania, the #EmptyMeet allowed Instagram’s creative community to get up-close-and-personal with the likes of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Monet, capturing their iconic, classic works in a cutting-edge frame.
The Collective caught Justin J Wee (aka @djdumpling) configuring quite the unusual composition of his own, by cramming fellow Instagramer Dotti Wang (@fluffpiece) under a gallery guard’s chair next to Camille Corot’s Ville-d’Avray: Entrance to the Wood.
“I like the idea of the tree as a thing of nature that’s free, but here it’s encased by a frame,” Justin says of the painting. “So I wanted to have a human, as a free entity, encased by a very artificial thing.”
It’s typical of this Sydney photographer’s quirky aesthetic.
“I always like to try and create a moment as opposed to photographing a space, because I think it’s so much more meaningful to try and inhabit where you are, and take ownership of what you’re doing. And make it a little uncomfortable – I would have really liked it if she was naked…”
While Dotti kept her clothes on, there’s plenty of fifteenth-century flesh on show in this incredible collection, spanning works from the Renaissance right through to the Impressionists. Here’s a few of our favourite #emptyAGNSW captures…