Caught Stealing: The Art of Misappropriation

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Australian artists known for their thieving are brought together for this National Art School exhibition

The National Art School is built on the site of the old Darlinghurst Gaol, a place where people were imprisoned and even hanged for their crimes. So it's somewhat fitting that this exhibition at the NAS Gallery is all about artists who use theft as part of their creative practice, and artists who are deliberately caught in the act.

Curator and NAS lecture Jaime Tsai has pulled together some pretty big names for the exhibition, including Fiona Hall, who brings together found objects in a scientific glass vitrine. Photographer and filmmaker Destiny Deacon looks at different sorts of theft from forced adoption to gallery theft, while Louise Paramor is showing a sculpture series made of colourful domestic objects found in the Vietnamese shops around her studio.

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