Exhibitions

Image above: Inge King, Celestial Rings, Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, 29 October 2016

2017

Saturday 21 October 2017 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi
21st annual exhibition of sculpture, this year 104 sculptors from 15 countries. Always stunning, this year no exception. A selection.

z John Petrie, Space, NSW
John Petrie, Space, NSW

z Anthony Battaglia Bird Geometry #1, 2 & 3, NSW
Anthony Battaglia, Bird Geometry #1, 2 & 3, NSW

z Matthew Harding, Indivisible, Vic
Matthew Harding, Indivisible, Vic

z Linda Bowden The Yearling, Zimbabwe & NSW (2)
Linda Bowden, The Yearling, Zimbabwe/NSW

z Johannes Pannekoek, Divergent, WA
Johannes Pannekoek, Divergent, WA

z Peter Lundberg Walking Woman, USA
Peter Lundberg, Walking Woman, USA

z David Ball, Orb, NSW
David Ball, Orb, NSW (winner)

z April Pine, Trip I, Trip II, Trip III, England & WA
April Pine, Trip I, Trip II, Trip III, England & WA

z Jock Clutterbuck, Song of the Aisors, Vic
Jock Clutterbuck, Song of the Aisors, Vic

z Faith Semiz, Curious Dream of an Architect, Turkey & Vic (2)
Faith Semiz, Curious Dream of an Architect, Turkey & Vic

Friday 20 October 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Exhibition,  Juniper Hall, Paddington
Always controversial.

Friday 20 October 2017 Sokquon Tran, A Sense of Place, Michelle Perry Fine Arts, Oxford Street Paddington
Came across this exhibition while walking down Oxford Street. Exceptional monochrome paintings, recall being impressed by the 2013 Wynne Prize painting Wombeyan Caves. Excerpt from catalogue “A painter in the romantic tradition. The romantics sought to portray the essence of spirituality, or “God” without referring directly to religious iconography. Sokquon Tran’s sublime landscapes reveal a beauty and a mystery which speak of a greater power, transcending place and portraying an echo and visceral response to it. The exact location is of a lesser significance than the sense of sheer wonder and of the magic of the land itself. His worlds are at once real and imagined and are places of refuge and of reflection.”

‘Autumn II’, 2017 Oil on canvas 73 x 73cm $6,000
Sokquon Tran, Autumn II, 2017

Tran (Sokquon) A Sense Of Place 2 2017
Sokquon Tran, A Sense of Place 2, 2017

Friday 20 October 2017 Paddington Art Prize, 111-113 Queen Street Woollahra
National prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Wide range, impressive texture, tone, colour and light across the 55 selected works. A selection.

Wade Owen, Inner Landscape (after Seneca on the shortness of life)
Wade Owen, Inner Landscape (after Seneca on the shortness of life)

Laura Matthews, In the name of progress they stole my view
Laura Matthews, In the name of progress they stole my view

Charmaine Pike, Obstacles
Charmaine Pike, Obstacles

Tim Allen, Fissure (Garden of Stone)
Tim Allen, Fissure (Garden of Stone)

Friday 13 October 2017 Ritual Spirit, White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale
Confronting, includes works featuring exploding Gucci bags, a crucified mickey mouse, cathedral constructed from BDSM accessories, but all the works have a powerful presence.
Some excerpts from the catalogue.
‘Chinese art was once regarded as a gift from the gods. Artists were conduits between earth and heaven; their aim was not just to capture the beauty of nature but to convey its vital “breath”. Many were recluses or monks, for whom painting and calligraphy were spiritual exercises. But that was long ago, in a China where the “three teachings” of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism suffused every aspect of life.’
‘China today is a different country, where the official “religion” is atheism and most people are too busy making a living to spare much thought for their soul.’
‘Even for atheists or sceptics, the symbols of religion tap into deep wells of cultural memory and human meaning.’

Ouyang Chun, Volcanic Ash, 2014
Ouyang Chun, Volcanic Ash, 2014

Xu Zhen, Play 201301 2013
Xu Zhen, Play 201301, 2013

Xia Hang, Defence, 2014
Xia Hang, Defence, 2014

Wednesday 11 October 2017 NSW Parliament Plein Air Art Prize, Parliament House, Sydney
Impressive range this year. Only problem, the lighting. The works framed behind glass, very difficult to get a clear view, too many reflections in the glass, although this did add a surrealist touch to some of the works.

Cerins (Jules) On Sims Hill, Lightning Ridge 2017
Juris Cerins, On Sims Hill, Lightning Ridge

Penrose-Hart (Amanda) New Road 2017
Amanda Penrose-Hart New Road

Gardiner (Peter) Near Pumpinbill (Research) 2017
Peter Gardiner Near Pumpinbill (Research)

Ivanyi (Bela) Notes of Nutawintji 2017
Bela Ivanyi Notes of Nutawintji

Mclnnis (Kerry) Our Burnt Dam 2017
Kerry McInnis Our Burnt Dam

Sunday 1 October 2017 Songlines – Tracking the Seven Sisters, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
The best multi-media installation to date, recreating the story of the Seven Sisters “A journey along the Ancestral routes of the Seven Sisters as they flee across deserts, pursued relentlessly by a sorcerer.” Paintings, sculpture, life size video of individual people talking about the story, the DomeLab, “a cave-like experience which projects images of the only known Seven Sisters rock art at Cave Hill in South Australia”.
Some excerpts from the catalogue and other references (see below).
The sisters continue to play out their journey in the features of the land and each night in the Pieiades star cluster and Orion constellation.
The Tjukurpa (the seven sisters) travel through many people’s country: the Martu, Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara, and the Yankunytjatjara lands of the western and central deserts regions.
A journey exhibition moving from site to site along the seven sisters songlines in each of the three countries represented, walking from west to east.
Walking, talking and painting the songlines. Seven sisters is a visual narrative that echoes how they continue to appear (and disappear) in the soaks, hills, rocks and trees of the land and the stars above.
References:
Songlines – Tracking the Seven Sisters, exhibition catalogue, edited by Margo Neale, National Museum of Australia 2017
Tracking the Seven Sisters: An epic songlines narrative brought to life at the National Museum, by ABC Indigenous affairs correspondent Bridget Brennan, 14 September 2017
Songlines exhibition to bring Seven Sisters story alive, Rosemary Neill, The Australian 15 September, 2017

Wati Nyiru, Judy Trigger 2013
Wati Nyiru, Judy Trigger, 2013

Snake sculptures, Maruku Arts
Snake sculptures, Maruku Arts

Nyimparra, Pulpurru Davies 1991
Nyimparra, Pulpurru Davies, 1991

Wanarntju, 2004, Carol Maanyatja Golding
Wanarntju, Carol Maanyatja Golding, 2004

Kuru Ala 2002, Anmanari Brown
Kuru Ala, Anmanari Brown, 2002

Kungkarangkalpa walka board 2016 Niningka Lewis
Kungkarangkalpa walka board, Niningka Lewis, 2016

Kunawarritji, 2007, Nora Wompi
Kunawarritji, Nora Wompi, 2007

Sunday 1 October 2017 Jude Rae: A Space of Measured Light, Drill Hall, Canberra
Incredible inexplicable technique, from a distance hyper-realist, up close blurred edges and no lines. Works seem to be all about technique, need to be viewed as abstract. Mainly from past two decades, still life and interiors, some portraits. “Leaves patches of underground colour to breathe through, hard objects seem soft”. “Representation of objective reality and light. Composing with planes and colour. Reconciliation of liberation into abstraction and the purity of means without having to abolish the realistic, perceptually-based, tonal, illusionistic, figurative basis of an older Western tradition”. Phew that about says it all, its hard work looking at these paintings, intense, almost to the point of suffocation.
Mondrian: “unconsciously every true artist has always been moved by the beauty of line, colour and relationships for their own sake and not by what they represent” (1942).

Jude Rae SL341 2014
Jude Rae SL341 2014

Jude Rae SL367 2017
Jude Rae SL367 2017

Jude Rae SL176, 2005
Jude Rae SL176 2005

Jude Rae SL176, 2005 (detail) (1)
Jude Rae SL176 2005 (detail)

Jude Rae SL176, 2005 (detail) (2)
Jude Rae SL176 2005 (detail)

Wednesday 20 September 2017 Unpainting, Art Gallery of NSW
Survey of the gallery’s holding of abstract art spanning 50 years. Part of the Contemporary Collection Projects, third iteration of the series. Interesting selection of works rarely seen, includes works by Daniel Buren, Morris Louis, Judy Millar, Dona Nelson, Sigmar Polke and Robert Rauschenberg, some of the others:

Albert Irvin, Yupon, 1983
Albert Irvin , Yupon, 1983

Judy Millar, Split ferryman, 2011
Judy Millar, Split ferryman, 2011

Josh Smith Untitled JSC11001, 2011
Josh Smith, Untitled (JSC11001), 2011

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2012
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2012

N Dash Night Light 1, 2013
N Dash, Night light 1, 2013

Mark Bradford, The tongue in the middle of the port, 2014
Mark Bradford, The tongue in the middle of the port, 2014

Friday 15 September 2017, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Hilarie Mais
Minimalist with cross-over into optical illusion. A mesmerizing combination, if you stare too long the works become a spinning burn out.
Jenny Watson
Hit and miss, if you are going to kick over the realists’ apple cart you need to have hyper street cred, like Basquiat, but that is probably an unfair comparison.

Hilarie Mais, Mist 2010

Hilarie Mais, Mist, 2010

Hilarie Mais, Tempus 2-8, 2008-2017

Hilarie Mais, Tempus 2-8, 2008-2017

Hilarie Mais, RES, 2010

Hilarie Mais, RES, 2010

Jenny Watson, Self Portrait as a Narcotic, 1989

Jenny Watson, Self Portrait as a Narcotic, 1989

Jenny Watson, Australian artist in a bar in New York in the year 2016

Jenny Watson, Australian artist in a bar in New York in the year 2016

Friday 8 September 2017 Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks
Contemporary Art Fair with over 90 galleries spanning 14 countries, over 500 artists. The good, the bad, and the indifferent, but great exposure and chance to see a wide range of art even if it is all about sales. A selection.

Pumani (Betty Kuntiwa) 2017
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara 2017, Alcaston Gallery

Wolfhagen (Philip) Other World no.4 2017
Philip Wolfhagen, Other World no.4, 2017, Dominik Mersch Gallery

Kiefer (Anselm) Your Age and My Age... 1992
Anselm Kiefer, Your age and my age are the age of the world, 1992

Walker (John R) West of Wilcannia II 2017
John R Walker, West of Wilcannia II, 2017, Utopia Art

Senju (Hiroshi) Cliff #25 2015
Hiroshi Senju, Cliff #25, 2015, Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Perry (Oscar) The loneliness of the lang distace hall runner 2017
Oscar Perry, The loneliness of the long distance hall runner/low angle close up, 2017, The Commercial Gallery

Ziyao (Sun) Wild Hillside 2015
Sun Ziyao, Wild Hillside, 2015, Vermilion Gallery

Jones (Locust) Back to the Dark Ages II 2016
Locust Jones, Back to the Dark Ages II, 2016

Wednesday 23 August 2017 Something Living, AGNSW
contemporary figurative painting Including Neo Rauch, Georg Baselitz, Dana Schutz, Adrian Ghenie, Ben Quilty, Mernet Larsen, Philip Guston

Guston (Philip) East Tenth 1977 AGNSW
Philip Guston East Tenth (1977)

Ghenie (Adrian) Pie fight interior 9 2012
Adrian Ghenie Pie fight interior 9 (2012)

Friday 18 August 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Run by the Natural History Museum in London, features the world’s best nature photography. This year’s entries incredible as usual. Always interested in the Land category which celebrates the diversity of the world’s environments, from extreme physical spaces to sublime landscapes, some of the best:

Unterthiner (Stefano) Spirit of the Mountains 2017
Stefano Unterthiner, Spirit of the Mountains, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

Gatto (Fortunato) After the Storm 2017
Fortunato Gatto, After the Storm, Laig Bay, Isle of Eigg, Scotland

Deschaumes (Alexandre) Clouded in Mystery
Alexandre Deschaumes, Clouded in mystery, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Friday 11 August 2017 Sculpture at Baragaroo, Sydney
Some of the same sculptures as in last year’s Sculpture by the Sea (SxS) (see below) but a completely different experience. The madness and intensity of the SxS crowds and the, in places, precarious cliff walk gives the works a completely different personality. The intensity of being in a crowd, sharing the experience with young and old, dogs, crows and sea gulls, the mad and the reckless, versus the time and space to contemplate a sculpture in peace and quiet. Both memorable experiences.
Some of the sculptors
Richard Tipping
Adam King
Michael Le Grande
Elyssa Sykes-Smith

Friday 4 August 2017 Salon des Refusés, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
As usual many of the works are of a higher quality than those hung in the main exhibition at AGNSW. The rawness of some of the works is impressive. Usual list of big names but like the main exhibition there seems to be a complete lack of light.

Wednesday 2 August 2017 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman, AGNSW
Usual controversial array of big names in the Archibald, mix of large, medium, small, realist, expressionist, abstract, and for the first time a conceptual portrait. There is method in the Trustee’s madness, the controversies keep the populace returning every year. The standout this year is the Wynne which marks a ‘radical change’, for first time it includes a number of paintings by indigenous artists, and its about time. The artists from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of South Australia ‘dominate the current art scene’. Too many miniatures in the Wynne, landscape is about capturing scale?

Cairns (Mitch) Agatha Gothe-Snape 2017 Archibald winner
Mitch Cairns, Agatha Gothe-Snape

Ken (Tjungkara) Seven Sisters dreaming a self-portrait 2017 Archibald
Tjungkara Ken, Kungkarangkalpa tjukurpa (Seven Sisters dreaming), a self-portrait

Pumani (Betty Kuntiwa) Antara 2017 Wynne
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara

Baker (Teresa), Minyma Malilunya 2017 Wynne
Teresa Baker, Minyma Malilunya

Drinkwater (James) Passage to Rungli Rungliot 2017 Wynne
James Drinkwater, Passage to Rungli Rungliot

Wednesday 12 July 2017 Pamela Honeyfield, Interpretation, Art Gallery On Darling, Balmain
Light and tone captures the essence of landscapes

Honeywell Pamela) Edge of the Plateau 2017
Edge of the Plateau, 2017

Honeywell (Pamela) Fowlers Gap 2017
Fowlers Gap, 2017

Friday 23 June 2017 Elizabeth Cummings – Interior Landscapes, S.H Erving Gallery, Sydney
Second visit to this exhibition, following visit to Drill Hall, Canberra in March (see below). Different hang, bigger space, different lighting (no natural light) but the works crackle with that same energy. With the ability to stand well back, the big works have an even more powerful impact.

Cummings (Elizabeth) The Bush Studio
The Bush Studio

Cummings (Elizabeth) The Music Studio 1996 Mosman Art Gallery
The Music Room, 1996

Cummings (Elizabeth) From the Two Tanks Fowlers Gap 2012
From the Two Tanks Fowlers Gap, 2012

Friday 23 June 2017 Kader Attia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Intense, confronting, political works across diverse media including collage, photography, video, sculpture and installation. ‘Exploring ideas around cultural exchange, appropriation, and the tangled relationship between extra-Occidental cultures and the West in the wake of decolonisation, Attia articulates theories of injury, repair and reparation’.

Wednesday 21 June 2017 EuroVisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection, National Art School, Sydney
Impressive range of contemporary international art.

20170621_114321 Katharina Grosse untitled 2014
Katharina Grosse (untitled) 2014

20170621_114408 Martin Boyce No More Skies 2014 & Michael Krebber MK 292 2015
Martin Boyce No More Skies 2014 (left) & Michael Krebber MK 292 2015 (right)

20170621_114517 Charline von Heyl Mad Mirth 2012 acrylic
Charline von Heyl Mad Mirth 2012 (right)

20170621_114714 Meimo Zobernig untitled 2014 acrylic & Anish Kapoor untitled stainless steel 2011
Meimo Zobernig (untitled) 2014 (left) & Anish Kapoor (untitled) 2011 (right)

20170621_114827 Urs Fischer Primary Life 2017 (2)
Urs Fischer Primary Life 2017

20170621_114939 Secundino Hernandez untitled 2016 acrylic & Jim Lambie untitled 2007
Secundino Hernandez (untitled) 2016 (left) & Jim Lambie (untitled) 2007 (right

Saturday 6 May 2017 Kerry McInnis, Ikara Country, Wagner Contemporary
Gestural, expressionist, intensity of colour of the Australian outback, superb sense of place: Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park.

Friday 5 May 2017 The Dark Matters, White Rabbit Gallery
Refined, sophisticated with deep layers of meaning in the context of modern China. The artists “use blacks to convey realities the classical masters never dreamed of: oil spills, air pollution, megacities, mass production and political machinations. The artists in this show don’t shun light or colour, but in using them they follow Laozi’s advice: Know the white, but hold to the black.”

 

Friday 7 April 2017 John Olsen The You Beaut Country Art Gallery of NSW
His time in Spain (1957-60) great influence – the black line, automatic drawing, colour

Friday 24 March 2017 Margaret Olley: Painter, Peer, Mentor, Muse, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Not a lot of Olley’s paintings, more about her peers and those who painted her. As always the blinders were Dobell and Drysdale

Olley (Margaret) The Yellow Room Triptych 2007 jpg
Margaret Olley, The Yellow Room Triptych, 2007

Friday 17 March 2017 Elisabeth Cummings – Interior Landscapes, Drill Hall, ANU Canberra. This exhibition has it all: energy, line, colour, light, mood, immediacy, and balance subject/abstraction. Early influences: the Nabis (Bonnard, Vuillard) ‘tearing to tatters realism’, ‘independent of representational function, painting autonomous and free’; and in Australia Ian Fairweather and Grace Cossington-Smith.

Friday 17 February 2017 Ku-ring-gai pH – Art + Science > Project
Excellent images, videos, and installations based on Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Julia Davis, Sarah Robson, and Asheeta Prasad – part of collaborative work Morning Bay (below)

davis-julia-sarah-robson-and-asheeta-prasad-morning-bay-2017-manly-gallery

Thursday 9 February 2017 Time, Light, Japan, AGNSW

Friday 27 January 2017  Group Show, Arthouse Gallery, Rushcutters Bay
Interesting recent landscapes: Aaron Kinnane, Colin Pennock, Michaye Boulter, Peter Simpson, Carla Hananrah.

Friday 20 January 2017 Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre Interpretations from the Air
The Light Collective, The Black Eye Gallery, Darlinghurst
Category = landscape aerial photography must see, stunning. Can’t rave enough about this exhibition. Inspiration for immersion in the science of oil colour mixing, the spatial perspective of indigenous art of central Australia, and John Olsen’s Lake Eyre series.

2016

Wednesday 27 January Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, AGNSW

Wednesday 27 January James Gleeson AGNSW

Saturday 30 January, Tom Roberts ,NGA

Saturday 19 March Lloyd Rees Painting with pencil, Museum of Sydney

Saturday 16 January Destination Sydney Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Saturday 19 March Grayson Perry MCA

Friday 8 April 20th Biennale of Sydney:

Lee Bul – Willing to be vulnerable – installation – Turbine Hall

Xu Zhen– Eternity – Greek and budda sculpture – concrete and stone

Camille Henrot – Retreat from investment – bronze sculpture

Chiharu Shiota – Conscious Sleep – beds and thread

Bharti Kher – six women – sculpture – plaster and wood

Alexis Teplin – The politics of fragmentation – oil on linen hanging

Ming Wong – Windows on the world – multi channel and screens video

Cevdet Erek – Room of rhythms – 4 channel sound

William Forsythe – Nowhere and everywhere – installation – dance pendulums

Korakrit Arunanondchai – installation – runway and video

Friday 8 July  Fiona Hall ‘Wrong Way Time, NGA (below)

Monday 18 July – Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016 ,  AGNSW

Monday 18 July Ann Thomson & Contemporaries, National Art School, Sydney (below)

Tuesday 12 July Shen Mo – Distant Homeland ink paintings, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown

Wednesday 20 July Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, AGNSW

Wednesday 10 August Seong Cho – Printmaking solo exhibition, Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby (below)

Thursday 11 August – Printed in Australia – Spot 81, Chippendale

Sunday 11 September Brian Blanchflower ‘Canopies’, Drill Hall ANU, Canberra (below)

Sunday 11 September Michael Taylor: A Survey 1963-2016, CMAG, Canberra (below)

Tuesday 20 September Florilegium: Sydney’s painted garden Museum of Sydney

Tuesday 20 September 2016 State Library Dreams: Grand Garden Designs Planting

Tuesday 27 September 2016 Jonathan Jones barrangal dyara (skin and bones), Kaldor Public Art Project 32, Botanical Gardens, Sydney

Saturday 1 October Louise Hearman exhibition, MCA, Sydney

Friday 7 October Peter Godwin At the Yellow House Potts Point – Defiance Gallery, Potts Point

Monday 11 October Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto, AGNSW – video installation

Monday 11 October Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016 AGNSW

Monday 11 October – Art of Parts – Collage and assemblage AGNSW

Monday 11 October- Beyond Words – calligraphic traditions of Asia

Friday 14 October NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize,

29 October Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (below)

SMH article – From the Nullabor to Bondi for Sculpture by the Sea prize winner Celebrating 20 years. Sculpture by the Sea Bondi – 5 videos Other Videos Full list https://www.youtube.com/user/sculpturebythesea/videos

 

Sunday 30 October Our Stars – Art from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) lands Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea (below)

Friday 11 November Watercolours exhibition, Balmain Watch House

Saturday 19 November 40/40 Project group exhibition, Wagner Contemporary, Paddington

Tuesday 22 November 2016 Nude – Art from the Tate Collection, AGNSW

Friday 2 December 2016 SMH Photos 1440, State Library NSW – from the exhibition:

asaro-mud-men-from-png-visiting-sydney-27-sept-2016
Asaro Mud Men from PNG visiting Sydney – Australian Museum 26 September 2016

Friday 9 December 2016 Joe Furlonger Capricorn Coast, Liverpool Street Gallery, East Sydney

Saturday 17 December 2016 Tatsuo Miyajima, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2015

10 January 2015 Chuck Close, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

22 January 2015 Pop to Popism, AGNSW

27 March 2015 Ann Thompson, Drill Hall ANU, Canberra

27 March James Turrell, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

10 April 2015 Roy Jackson Retrospective 1963-2013, SH Ervin, Sydney

16 May 2015 Kerry McInnis Antarctica Landscapes, Wagner, Paddington

20 June 2015 Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in New Guinea, S.H.Ervin, Sydney

17 June 2015 Art On Paper, Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea

6 August 2015 John R Walker, Drill Hall ANU, Canberra

7 August 2015 Art of the Sepik, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

7 August 2015 INK REMIX: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, CMAG, Canberra

12 August 2015 Archibald & Wynn, AGNSW

29 October 2015 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

30 October 2015 Country & Western: landscape re-imagined 1988 – 2013, S.H.Ervin, Sydney

20 October 2015 Matthys Gerber, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

28 November 2015 Aaron Kinnane Winter Passing, Milk Moon Rising Arthouse Gallery Ruchcutters Bay

21 November 2015 Small Images – Grand Visions 40/40 Wagner Gallery, Paddington

31 December 2015 Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland – AGNSW

 

2014
Robert Motherwell: At Five in the Afternoon
, exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, 1 August 2014

2012
Abstract Expressionism
, exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, 25 August & 29 November 2012

2011
 Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons, exhibition, National Gallery of Australia,
8 October 2011
‘The paintings that convey the most seamless transition between his minimal works of the late 1960s and the fullness of sumptuous colour of the 1970s (influenced by the colour field painters) and between close observation of the real and abstraction were his paintings of water. These include his evocative seascapes of the Victorian coastline and his vibrant oil paintings of Erith Island in Bass Strait, such as Beachscape, Erith Island I 1974. Painted in horizontal strips, these works both recall early colonial topographical drawings and watercolours and find affinities with contemporary abstraction. Works like this were shown in the retrospective of gouaches Fred Williams: landscapes of a continent at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1977. He was the first Australian artist to be invited to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Artists admired over the years, included Cézanne and Henri Matisse. Matisse’s large cut-out installation: The swimming pool 1952.’

Further reference:
Fred Williams in the You Yangs: a turning point for Australian art, Anita Pisch, The Conversation, 20 September 2017
‘Williams’s work is simultaneously abstract and representative, classical and modern, formalist and expressionist. Discarding the traditional foreground, middle ground and background of European landscape painting, in the first You Yangs series, Williams frequently dispenses with the horizon line altogether. He flattens the picture plane, adopting an elevated or aerial viewpoint over a scrubby, irregular landscape without a focal point. There is little here that is specific – time of day, time of year, weather conditions – as Williams strips the landscape back to its essence. The viewer floats in what artist Dr Mark Dober has called “the transcendent, a realm beyond the here and now and the everyday”. Williams’s genius lies in his ability to suggest bushes, trees, fence lines and rocky outcrops through calligraphic daubs of coloured paint and scumbling, seemingly arranged as in the landscape itself but here precisely formulated along the axes of geometric grids and structural motifs such as the golden mean, the right angle, the cross and the figure eight. Carefully planned yet surprising placements and recurrences of colour draw the eye around the canvas as if wandering through an immersive landscape. Man is present in absentia, evidenced by the suggestion of fence lines and cleared land.’

 

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