Tag Archive for Australian Art

News | Betty Churcher dies aged 84

Betty Churcher. Image via Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/former-director-of-national-gallery-of-australia-betty-churcher-dies-aged-84-20150331-1mbppj.html

Sad news that Betty Churcher OAM has died at the age of 84. She was the first woman director at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and at the National Gallery of Australia. At her death she was still only one of a handful of women who have held the top job in a state or national gallery (UPDATED, see below). As well as being one of Australia’s most accomplished arts administrators, Betty Churcher was also a great communicator about art. She is well known far beyond the gallery sector for her journalism and her television programs, which brought art and art history to a wide audience. From the ABC, full story here. Churcher was one of the most adored figures in…

Exhibition | Kate Beynon, Phase Change, and Earth and Sky | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Image: Kate Beynon
Rose of Evening/Spirit of Kwan Yin in the lotus field  2014 (detail)
watercolour, gouache and pencil on cotton rag
77 x 56 cm
Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Three new exhibitions have opened at TarraWarra Museum of art. All exhibitions run from March 28th until 8th June 2015. Kate Beynon | An-Li: A Chinese Ghost TaleTALE Kate Beynon’s new body of work is inspired by a supernatural Chinese tale of two young spirits who traverse two worlds; one magically aquatic, the other earthly. Beynon has imagined the guiding spirit of the goddess Kwan Yin as their paths lead from tragedy to transformation, hope and healing. The works have been commissioned by Art and Australia for a new hardcover publication, An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, edited by Laura Murray Cree, which will include the tale alongside colour reproductions of the works in this exhibition. The book will be launched to…

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 Ramsay in an Australian Context Mary Eagle 11.30am – 12.30pm SESSION TWO Hugh Ramsay and George Lambert Anna Gray The portraiture…

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 Road, Healesville. Website: www.twma.com.au Tickets $20.00 adult / $15 concession (Pension & Student card holders). Includes Museum entry, lecture &…

Gosia Wlodarczak performs a drawing | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Gosia Wlodarczak
A Room Without A View 2013
a 17-day drawing performance at the RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
pigment marker on board
dimensions of the room: 340 x 220 x 260(h) cm
Photo: Longin Sarnecki
Courtesy the artist, RMIT Gallery and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

Gosia Wlodarczak will make a performance drawing this weekend (6-8 Feb) on TarraWarra’s iconic window.The drawing will frame the landscape of Long Gully. The work will be called Long Gully, Frost Drawing for TarraWarra. Gosia draws continuously from 11am until 5pm (with an hour lunch break), taking inspiration from her surroundings, both in the gallery and beyond the window. Dates: Friday 6th until Sunday 8th February, 11am-5pm Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville Website: http://www.twma.com.au/events/drawing-performance/

Exhibition | Justene Williams: The Curtain Breathed Deeply at MUMA

Yves Klein Eyes
2014
(film still) courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier
Gallery, Sydney

The Curtain Breathed Deeply at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA from 7th February – 2nd April 2015 Opening function: Saturday 7 February 2014, 3-5pm. With opening remarks by Anne Loxley, C3West Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia The Curtain Breathed Deeply is an exhibition of a series of newly commissioned video installations by Sydney artist Justene Williams. In this rich environment of pattern, colour and texture, curtains and screens act as thresholds between the energy of one realm and another. For Williams, the curtain and the exhibition pay tribute to her father, to his life and work, as well as the hospital curtain that marked the final stage of his life when he passed away from mesothelioma. The…

News | A New Museum of Contemporary Art for Melbourne University

A Large House and Garden, 1997
Acrylic on canvas
 Estate of Howard Arkley
213 X 305 cm via http://michaelbuxtoncollection.com.au/the-collection/2

News that Melbourne University has received a $26 million gift of contemporary art from the property developer and art collector Michael Buxton. The collection will be housed in a new purpose-built museum on the VCA Southbank campus. The museum will operate in conjunction with the University’s Ian Potter Museum of Art. Director, Kelly Gellatly said, “The Collection, which has been established with curatorial rigour, will enable the establishment of an extraordinary museum. It will showcase exhibitions that embrace experimentation and explore some of the major concerns of the 21st Century. Through the activities of the Potter’s Academic Programs unit – unique within Australia – the museum will facilitate object-based learning for undergraduate and graduate students from the University’s diverse faculties…

Discussions and Workshops for the opening of Emily Floyd: The Daw at NGV

Emily Floyd, The Dawn (Maquette) 2014, wood, synthetic polymer paint
37.5 x 60.0 x 70.0 cm (overall), Collection of the artist, Melbourne. © Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Celebrate the opening weekend of Emily Floyd: The Dawn at the National Gallery of Victoria with a series of discussions and hands-on workshops. About the Exhibition | Emily Floyd: The Dawn is a survey exhibition of the work of Melbourne-based artist Emily Floyd. The exhibition will feature works dating from 2001 to 2014 including lesser-known early works, major installations and a newly commissioned children’s project based on Feminist activism from the 1970s and 80s. Floyd works across the mediums of sculpture and printmaking and is known for her installations and public art. From the 21st November 2014 to the 1st March 2015. Events Saturday 22nd November 12.30pm: Play sculptures for the 21st century | Artist Emily Floyd and curator Jane Devery…

Lecture | Art, Nature and Living in the Contemporary World | John Wolseley

John Wolseley, The Language of Lizards (detail) 2007-08. Found charcoal, graphite, watercolour on paper, 90.7 x 306cm, Bendigo Art Gallery, The Gift of Grace and Alec Craig of Bendigo, Victoria 2008. Photo: Terence Bogue

Since moving from England to Australia in 1978, John Wolseley has immersed himself in the landscape. His large scale works on paper, watercolours and installations are often based around scientific themes like the movement of tides or sand-dunes or even the forces of continental drift and evolution. John’s lecture will focus on Henry David Thoreau’s dictum – “In wildness is the preservation of the world”. John’s work can be found in all state galleries in Australia and numerous public and private collections. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by Macquarie University, Sydney and the Emeritus Medal from the Visual Arts Panel of the Australia Council. Lines for Birds – Poems and Paintings by John Wolseley and Barry Hill was published…

Lecture | Australian Art and Artists in Post-War London | Simon Pierse

Australian artists' exhibition poster by Klaus Friedeberger

In this lecture Simon Pierse sheds new light on the role that Sir Kenneth Clark (later Baron Clark of Saltwood) played in bringing Australian art to a new audience in Britain during the early 1950s. Pierse examines the crucial part that Joseph Burke, inaugural Herald Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, had in directing Clark’s attention towards the work of Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd and attempts to discover what may have lain beneath Clark’s abiding passion for Australian art and life. Simon Pierse is Senior Lecturer at Aberystwyth University and visiting fellow at the Australian Institute of Art History. His research focuses on British perceptions of Australian art, landscape and identity. His award winning book Australian Art and…

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

H. Dearing
Approach to Princes Bridge
c.1925
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 last place of residence, where he found a further three paintings in the showman’s old cart in the back yard.…

2014 Joseph Burke Lecture | Thomas Woolner in Australia -Angus Trumble

Woolner, Thomas, 
Charles Joseph La Trobe, plaster medallion, 1853. State Library of Victoria.

Thomas Woolner (1825-1892), sculptor and poet, born 17 December 1825 at Hadleigh, Suffolk, England. In 1842 he gained admission as a student at the Royal Academy. In 1847 Woolner met D. G. Rossetti and became an original member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Woolner arrived Melbourne 23 October 1852. He was at the diggings in the Ovens Valley and in the Fryer’s Creek, Castlemaine and Sandhurst areas. Woolner found some gold but after six months sold his tools and returned to Melbourne. He began to model medallions but had to dig the local clay, grind his own gypsum and make his own tools. He then cast reliefs in bronze of well-known citizens, charging twenty-five guineas each, and their influence and the…

Lecture | Kenneth Clark and Australian Art – Simon Pierse

Sir Kenneth Clark and Sir Colin Anderson at the opening of 'Recent Australian Painting' at Whitechapel Gallery, June 1961.

In this lecture Simon Pierse sheds new light on the role that Sir Kenneth Clark (later Baron Clark of Saltwood) played in bringing Australian art to a new audience in Britain during the early 1950s. Pierse examines the crucial part that Joseph Burke, inaugural Herald Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, had in directing Clark’s attention towards the work of Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd and attempts to discover what may have lain beneath Clark’s abiding passion for Australian art and life. Simon Pierse is Senior Lecturer at Aberystwyth University and visiting fellow at the Australian Institute of Art History. His research focuses on British perceptions of Australian art, landscape and identity. His award winning book Australian…

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

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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 painting practice, however from 1957–1962, during what is considered to be one of his most creative periods, Perceval produced a…

Exhibition Review | TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper In My Mask | Denise M. Taylor

Tony Garifalakis, The Hills Have Eyes (detail) 2012, fabric collage, 170 x 130 cm. Courtesy of the artist

TarraWarra Biennial 2014 | Whisper In My Mask | AT TWMA until 16th November 2014 Reviewed by Denise M. Taylor Face masks of dough, wire and the Australian flag; portraits of royalty dripping with black paint; veils, dots and paper cut-outs masking memory and identity; videos hinting at masked abuses in Australia’s history—these are a few of the contemporary art works by approximately 20 Australian artists on display at the TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA) Biennial 2014 exhibition, ‘Whisper in my Mask’—a clever take on a line from Grace Jones’ 1981 song ‘Art Groupie’: Touch Me in a Picture, Wrap Me in a Cast, Kiss Me in a Sculpture, Whisper in My Mask As Deborah Cheetham AO pointed out in…