Tag Archive for 20th Century Art

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

GUNTER CHRISTMANNSmoke OZKAR (2001)
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…

Symposium | Paul Klee in Peace and War: Tunisia and the German Home Front 1914-18 | Sydney

Paul Klee “A View Toward Hamamet” Tunisia

Paul Klee in Peace and War: Tunisia and the German Home Front 1914-18 22 July 2014, Art Gallery of NSW Proudly presented by The Power Institute, The University of Sydney with the generous support of the Consulate General of Switzerland, Sydney and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This forum, convened by Professor Roger Benjamin, will bring together an international panel to celebrate the centenary of Paul Klee’s famous voyage to Tunisia. Claimed by the artist himself as his ‘breakthrough to colour’, the Tunisian trip of April 1914 elicited…

Exhibition Review | Genius and Ambition. The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1768–1918 | David R. Marshall

John Frederick Lewis, The Door of a Cafe in Cairo, 1865, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Genius and Ambition. The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1768–1918 David R. Marshall   At the Bendigo Art Gallery 2 March–9 June 2014. (Closes 9 June; an exhibition of antique sculpture from the British Museum follows on 2 August.) The regional galleries have some interesting exhibitions on at the moment. At the Ballarat Art Gallery is Auld Lang Syne while at Bendigo, with only a few days to run, is Genius and Ambition, which consists largely of works from the Royal Academy, London and is an exhibition generated by Bendigo…

Exhibition | Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design | NGV Australia

Grant Featherston Living room setting at Hotel Federal exhibition 1953 type C photograph Featherston Archive, Melbourne

Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design is the first major exhibition dedicated to Australian furniture of the 1940s to the 1970s. This was a period of dynamic social change as Australians embraced a new, cosmopolitan mode of living. The design of the period are characterised by innovative and flexible approach to furniture design. Mid-century furniture design turned its back on the overstuffed and ornate examples of previous decades and, in doing so, revolutionised the contemporary Australian interior.  New methods of furniture design took hold in Australia after World War Two prompted…

Lecture | The Ruination of Everything: Joseph Pennell, America and Illustration before the Great War – Eric Segal | Sydney University

IMAGE (detail): Joseph Pennell, Gatun Lock - end of the day, 1912

The Ruination of Everything: Joseph Pennell, America and Illustration before the Great War Eric Segal The Power Institute with Sydney Ideas is proud to present a talk by Eric Segal, of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. Segal’s presentation will focus on the artist Joseph Pennell (U.S.A. 1857-1926). Pennell worked throughout Europe and England illustrating Old World cities and landscapes, whist at the same time rendering great American works of architecture and engineering. His dedication to a shabby Europe of the past and a…

Exhibition | Being Human: The Graphic Work of George Baldessin | Heide Museum of Modern Art

George Baldessin, Seated Figure, 1973, colour etching and aquatint plate 56.2 x 50.5 cm Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne Gift of Tess, Gabriel and Ned Baldessin 2010 © Estate of George Baldessin

Being Human: The Graphic Work of George Baldessin Heide Museum of Modern Art until Sunday 19 October 2014 About the Exhibition | In a short but intensive career as a painter, sculptor and printmaker, George Baldessin attracted critical acclaim from peers and audiences alike, admired for his expertise in intaglio printing (etching) and his radical figurative style during the 1960s and 70s when abstraction was dominant. Being Human: The Graphic Work of George Baldessin, focuses on Baldessin’s powerful prints and drawings, created between the artist’s exhibition debut in 1964 and his untimely…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar Series | Ted Gott on Augustus John

Next week, the Melbourne Portrait Group launches a series of seminars on various aspects of portraiture. The series opens with a paper from Ted Gott, Senior Curator of International Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and further seminars are scheduled over the coming months. Monday 24 March, 6:30pm Ted Gott, Portraits of Augustus John in the National Gallery of Victoria. In 1939 the Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, J. S. MacDonald, wrote forcefully about Augustus John’s life-size 1909 portrait of the Lord Mayor of Liverpool: ‘the painting…

Solitaire: Artists in Conversation | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Heather B. Swann Lump and sticks 5 2013 metal, paper, resin, binder, pigment and marble dust 44 x 25 x 67 cm Courtesy of the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

TarraWarra Museum of Art is hosting a lively conversation with exhibition artist Heather B. Swann, poet Kevin Brophy and curator Anthony Fitzpatrick, as they tease out the themes of the Solitaire exhibition and broader aspects of the depiction of figuration in Australian art. Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art Date: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 16 March 2014 (4pm – 5pm: Artists in conversation, 5pm – 6pm: Refreshments) Tickets $20 adults, $15 students, includes refreshments and museum entry. Bookings essential www.twma.com.au About the Exhibition The exhibition features works from the TarraWarra Museum of…

Talk | Art and Music in London’s Jazz Age with Professor Tim Barringer

Untitled frontispiece depicting Harlequins with instruments, in a snow covered landscape,  from Facade by Edith Sitwell with a frontispiece by G. Severini - via General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Art and Music in London’s Jazz Age Professor Tim Barringer, Yale University The Chelsea flat of the aristocratic Sitwell brothers, Osbert and Sacheverell, was the unlikely birthplace of a masterpiece of English modernism, Façade (first performed 1922). Abstract, rhythmic poems by the Sitwells’ sister Edith were matched by witty paraphrases and parodies of jazz, popular songs and avant-garde music of the day by William Walton. This lecture reveals a forgotten dimension of this jazz age jeu d’esprit: the visual. It was performed originally behind a curtain painted in primitivist style.…

Exhibition Review | ‘America: Painting a Nation’. Reviewed by Diane Kirkby.

Fig. 3 Henry Inman, No-Tin (Wind), a Chippewa Chief, 1832-3 Oil on canvas, Gift of the 2008 Collectors Committee (M.2008.58), Los Angeles County Museum of Art

America: Painting a Nation Diane Kirkby  America: Painting a Nation is at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 8th November 2013 – 9th February 2014. At a time when historians are increasingly displacing nation-building as the purpose for knowing the past, it could seem a retrograde step to make this the foundation principle through which to showcase important works of art. Nevertheless, an exhibition organised around the concept of Painting a Nation immediately provokes questions about meaning and definitions that may not have simple answers. Approaching the exhibition as a…

Lecture | A Multitude of Images – David Joselit

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A Multitude of Images Professor David Joselit Individual tickets are available for David Joselit’s keynote lecture for the 2013 AAANZ conference. A multitude denotes a plurality of people or things. According to the Oxford English Dictionary it signifies ‘the character, quality, or condition of being many.’ The subject of this lecture will be the condition of being many with regard to images, for indeed it is possible to define modernism as a response to ‘a multitude of images.’ The lecture will range from early twentieth-century montage to recent practices of…

Lecture | Rethinking Russell Drysdale: TarraWarra Museum of Art Lecture by Dr Christopher Heathcote

Russell Drysdale  Crucifixion 1946, oil on plywood, 76 x 101.6 cm  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney  © Estate of Russell Drysdale

Rethinking Russell Drysdale: TarraWarra Museum of Art Lecture Dr Christopher Heathcote TWMA presents a special lecture by exhibition curator Dr Christopher Heathcote in which he explores TWMA’s ground-breaking new exhibition Russell Drysdale: Defining the Modern Australian Landscape. Heathcote will reveal that Drysdale, one of the most highly regarded artists of his generation both in Australia and internationally, was a man ahead of his time who not only shaped perceptions of the national landscape but used visual art to pose questions about the environment – disturbing questions that society is only…

Lecture | Between Surrealism and Pop: The early career of Eduardo Paolozzi – Ryan Johnston

Paolozzi in his studio

Between Surrealism and Pop: The early career of Eduardo Paolozzi Ryan Johnston, Head of Art, Australian War Memorial This lecture will explore the early career and intellectual biography of Eduardo Paolozzi. Beginning with his experience of the Second World War, the lecture will trace his formative years in post-war Paris, where he sought out the legacy of the historical avant-garde and then 1950s London where, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, he was a member of the Independent Group, an informal, cross-disciplinary think-tank dedicated to the investigation of popular culture. Venue: NGV…

Masterclasses for Postgraduate Students with Paul Wood and David Joselit at 2013 AAANZ Conference

AAANZ 2013 logo

Postgraduate students are invited to participate in exclusive Masterclasses led by the AAANZ 2013 conference Keynote Speakers, Professor David Joselit (Yale University), and Professor Paul Wood (Open University, London). David Joselit’s Masterclass focuses on Art in the Age of Big Data, C. 2013, and Irit Rogoff’s Masterclass will examine Conceptual Art and Conceptualism. Both Masterclasses will be held on Saturday 7 December at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Supervisors who consider their students’ research/study is relevant to the Masterclass, are encouraged to invite their students to apply. Visit the…

Exhibition Review | Australia at the Royal Academy of the Arts. Reviewed by Sheridan Palmer

Fig. 1 Shaun Gladwell Approach to Mundi Mundi, 2007 Production still from two-channel HD video Photo Josh Raymond

Australia Sheridan Palmer The exhibition is on at the Royal Academy of the Arts from 21 September–8 December 2013. Entering the grand Georgian courtyard of Burlington House, flanked by the Society of Antiquaries, the Linnaean Society and the Society of Geographers, a large banner with Sidney Nolan’s iconic 1946 Ned Kelly greets the visitor at the steps of the Royal Academy. It is a foretaste of things to come; Kelly is seen from the back riding off into a sandy, sparse scrub, shotgun in hand, a lone outlaw in black…