Tag: 20th Century Art

Faculty of Arts Dean’s Lecture | Art and Detection: Investigating Louis Duffy, a Forgotten British Painter of the Second World War – Ted Gott | University of Melbourne

Louis Duffy (1908-98), Christ driving out the money changers, c. 1940. Oil on canvas, 122.4 × 152.9 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (Purchased with the assistance of Bruce Parncutt and Robin Campbell, 2006)

In September 2006 the National Gallery of Victoria acquired at auction a remarkable painting by a virtually unknown artist: Christ Turning Out the Money Lenders, a work attributed by the auction house to a ‘Louis Duffy, 20th century’. This impressively large painting shows sixteen men dressed in c. 1940 business suits, gathered in tense confrontation in a modern-day retelling of the New Testament account of Christ expelling the money changers from the Temple. In Duffy’s composition, the Temple setting has been transmuted into a modern graveyard, and the money changers have morphed into mid-20th-century arms dealers trading munitions on the…

News | Major Georgia O’Keefe, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington-Smith exhibition to tour Australia in 2016-2017

Georgia O’Keeffe Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory 1938 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Gift of The Burnett Foundation © Georgia ’Keeffe Museum

O’Keeffe, Preston and Cossington Smith: Making Modernism The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery have partnered with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. O’Keeffe, Preston and Cossington Smith: Making Modernism. The exhibition will open at Heide Museum of Modern Art on 12th October 2016 until 17th February 2017, after which it will travel to the Queensland Art Gallery from 11 March – 11 June 2017 and the Art Gallery of New South Wales between 1 July – 1 October 2017. The exhibition will include the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the most…

Symposium | Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation | VCA

ian burn symposium

A symposium presented by Art & Australia at VCA |Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation This symposium explores and speculates upon the work and legacy of Australian conceptual artist Ian Burn (1939–1993). After graduating from the National Gallery of Art School (now the VCA School of Art), Burn spent much of his career working in the avant-garde scenes of London and New York. He was a key member of Art & Language, a collaborative group who produced the ground-breaking publication  Art–Language and included artists Roger Cutforth, Joseph Kosuth and Mel Ramsden. Returning to Australia in 1977, Burn became involved in…

Exhibition | Making History – The Angry Penguins | Heide Museum of Modern Art

Arthur Boyd, Butterfly Man, 1943. Oil on muslin on cardboard, 55.5cm x 75.5cm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Bequest of John and Sunday Reed ©Bundanon Trust. Image via Heide Museum of Modern Art website.

Making History celebrates the influential role of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed in the development of Australian art and intellectual culture from the 1930s right up to the early 1980s. The Reeds’ first home at Heide, the Victorian farmhouse now referred to as Heide I, provides the setting for a changing selection of art works, archival material and personal effects which reveal the range of their activities and commitments: as art collectors and benefactors; as instigators of significant cultural organisations; and as cultivators of their extensive property, developed so that one day it would become a public gallery and…

Exhibition and Forum | 1969 The Black Box of Conceptual Art

Image credit: Ian Burn, installation photograph for Xerox Books, 1969, black and white photograph.
Photo: Estate of the artist.

1969 The Black Box of Conceptual Art Ian Burn, Roger Cutforth and Mel Ramsden. Curated by Ann Stephen. Opening Celebration: Thur 7 April, 5.30–7.30 PM There will be a lunchtime forum at the VCA on Thursday 7th April 12:30pm – 1:30pm where Ann Stephens with Raaf Ishak and guests will discuss the exhibition ‘1969: The Black Box of Conceptual Art’. The forum will be held in VCA’s Art Auditorium (more info here). Exhibition Dates: 8 April to 7 May 2016 1969 The Black Box of Conceptual Art reconstructs the first Conceptual art exhibition staged in Australia, held at Pinacotheca gallery in 1969, with work sent…

Exhibition | In Fond Memory: The Barbara Tucker Gift

Albert Tucker, Barbara Tucker in the banana shed, Springbrook, Queensland c.1970, gelatin silver photograph, 30.5 x 40.7 cm

Heide Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Barbara Tucker 2001, © Estate of Barbara Tucker, Courtesy of Sotheby’s Australia

From 22 August 2015, Heide Museum of Modern Art will present In Fond Memory: The Barbara Tucker Gift, an exhibition that will commemorate Barbara Tucker’s extraordinary contribution to Heide and celebrate her continuing presence in the life of the museum. On 16 May 2015 Heide Museum of Modern Art sadly lost one of its most treasured friends and supporters. Barbara Tucker had a long association with Heide, initially as a personal acquaintance of John and Sunday Reed with her late husband, artist Albert Tucker, then during the evolution of the museum as Heide Fellow (2000), Life Benefactor (2004) and Co-Patron. Prior…

Exhibition | Halcyon Days: Heide in the 1940s | Heide MOMA

Sidney Nolan
ripolin enamel on canvas
62.9 x 75.5 cm
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
© The Sidney Nolan Trust
Bequest of John and Sunday Reed 1982

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 20 June – Sunday 13 September 2015 Throughout the 1940s, John and Sunday Reed’s home, Heide, formed a focal point for some of Australia’s most avant- garde artists, who rejected conventional ways of living and learning and spearheaded the modernist movement in Melbourne. This constellation of rising talent included the young Sidney Nolan, cerebral painter Albert Tucker and his partner Joy Hester, the quiet yet passionate Arthur Boyd and free-spirited John Perceval. Each developed a distinctive practice and came to hold an undisputed place in the canon of Australian art. Such was John and Sunday’s belief in…

Symposium | The Legacy of Hugh Ramsay | National Gallery of Australia

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Hugh Ramsay’s life was short but his impact endures. In celebration of the endowment of a chair in Australian art history at the University of Melbourne in his name, by his great niece Patricia Fullerton, the Australian Institute of Art History together with the National Gallery of Australia present this one day symposium reassessing his legacies. Date: Monday 30th March 2015, 9:00am – 5.00 pm Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre Free to attend but bookings are essential. Register here. Program 9.45 – 11.00am SESSION ONE Hugh Ramsay and philanthropy Gerard Vaughan, Director, National Gallery of Australia The life of Hugh Ramsay Patricia Fullerton  Hugh…

Floor Talk| Kelly Gellatly on Richard Avedon People | Ian Potter Museum of Art

avdeon people ian potter

Join the Potter’s Director Kelly Gellatly for a director’s tour of Richard Avedon People. American photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004) produced portrait photographs that defined the twentieth century. The exhibition Richard Avedon People explores Avedon’s work from 1949 to 2002. Avedon is best known for transforming fashion photography from the late 1940s onwards. The full breadth of Avedon’s renowned work is revealed in this exhibition of 80 black and white photographs. The exhibition include instantly recognisable portraits of artists, celebrities, and countercultural leaders as well as many of Avedon’s portraits that capture ordinary New Yorkers and the people of America’s West. Richard Avedon People pays close attention to the dynamic…

Lecture | Terence Maloon on Tony Tuckson and Ian Fairweather at TarraWarra Museum of Art

Tony Tuckson
Black on white, large upright c. 1958-1961
Oil on composition board,
183 x 122.4 cm
Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO 2003,
TarraWarra Museum of Art collection

‘Tuckson, Fairweather and the Crisis of the Easel Picture’ | Terence Maloon, Director, ANU Drill Hall Gallery and Art Collection To celebrate the exhibitions Ian Fairweather: The Drunken Buddha and Tony Tuckson: Paintings and Drawings, the curator, art historian and critic Terence Maloon will present a keynote lecture on these two major Australian artists. In particular, he will discuss how each artist responded to, and acted out, what the critic Clement Greenberg described in 1948 as the ‘crisis of the easel picture’. The lecture followed by refreshments. Date: 8th February, 4-5pm Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville -Yarra Glen…

Conversation | Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses | NGV International

Andy Warhol (American, 1928 – 1987), Sarah Bernhardt, from Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century, 1980, screenprint on paper, 40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81.3 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of Lorraine and Martin Beitler, 2006-64.9 ©2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York / feldmangallery.com

Held in conjunction with The Jewish Museum’s exhibition Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses (20 Nov 2014-24 May 2015), join the Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia Rebecca Forgasz in conversation with the Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna Danielle Spera. Danielle Spera was appointed Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna in 2010. From 1978 till 2010 she worked as a journalist, correspondent, reporter, and anchorwoman at ORF-TV Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation. She is the author of numerous books and articles on contemporary art, Jewish topics, and for the magazine NU. Since 2013 she serves as President of ICOM Austria as well…

Conference | Contemporary Outsider Art: The Global Context

outsider art

The University of Melbourne – 23 – 26 October 2014   Forty years after the term ‘Outsider art’ was coined by Roger Cardinal to encompass works by untrained artists who work outside the established art world, new paradigms and definitions are being sought. The current enthusiasm for these forms of expression culminated in Massimiliano Gioni’s 2013 Venice Biennale, which dedicated several exhibits to self-taught or Outsider artists. Reviewing the Biennale in Art and America, Travis Jeppesen wrote ‘the success of Gioni’s bold production signals a move beyond ‘the contemporary’ as the default category we have relied upon for far too…

Exhibition | Albert Tucker and the Mystery of H. D. | Heide Museum of Modern Art

H. Dearing
Approach to Princes Bridge
oil on canvas on cardboard
46 x 75 cm
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Purchased from John and Sunday Reed 1980

The exhibition Albert Tucker and the Mystery of H. D. is on at Heide Museum of Modern Art until 15th February 2015. In 1944 Albert Tucker discovered two intriguing paintings in a bicycle shop in Swanston Street, Melbourne. Attracted by their naive artistry set about trying to identify the painter, the works were  unsigned. He was told that the pictures had belonged to Professor Alfred Henry Tipper, a travelling showman and trick cyclist who was depicted in the images, and who had died in April that year. After being told that the paintings had belonged to Professor Alfred Henry Tipper, Tucker traced Tipper’s…

Exhibition | Delinquent Angel: John Perceval’s Ceramic Angels | Shepparton Art Museum


The exhibition Delinquent Angel: John Perceval’s ceramic angels is on at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) until 24 November 2014. John Perceval AO is one of Australia’s most celebrated and loved artists renowned for his radicalism, expressiveness and prolific output, along with his complex personal life. As a member of the Angry Penguins avante-garde movement that began in the 1940s, Perceval joined with other Australian art luminaries Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker, Sidney Nolan, Danila Vassilieff and Joy Hester to rail against the insular conservatism of Australian society and push for new voices and modes of expression. Perceval is largely known for his…

Exhibition | Gunter Christman: Now and Then | Heide Museum of Modern Art

acrylic and mixed media on canvas
137 x 122cm
© The Estate of Gunter Christmann and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Gunter Christman: Now and Then is on now at Heide Museum of Modern Art until 16th November 2014. EVENT | This Saturday (2nd August 2:00pm) Artist Simon Barney, a friend and colleague of Gunter Christmann for thirty years, talks about Christmann’s inspirations, techniques and perspectives on art. Free with entry. About the Exhibition At the time of his death in 2013, Gunter Christmann was gathering anew the type of critical and public attention that surrounded his striking debut as an artist in the 1960s. Painting for himself rather than the market throughout his long career, he moved easily between personal subjects and…