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The hugely popular Fred Williams: infinite horizons will close on November 6. Both the exhibition and accompanying events have received enthusiastic visitor feedback and reviews.
From Patrick McCaughey for the Times Literary Supplement, London: 'In this magisterial retrospective at the National Gallery at Australia, Deborah Hart has deftly mixed the classic Williams of the various series with non-anthology works that avoid neat categorization… If a version of this great exhibition were shown outside Australia, it would secure a lasting international reputation for Fred Williams’
The ABC's Art Nation program also did an interesting piece on the exhibition which can be viewed here.
The highlights of the public events included a sell out Peter Sculthorpe concert and the 'in conversation' event with Lyn Williams and curator Deborah Hart.
There are some interesting Fred Williams events still to come. A full listing of all events related to the exhibition can be seen here. Highlights include:
Sunday 6 November 9 am
Enjoy a premium Sunday morning viewing of Fred Williams before the Gallery opens to the weekend crowds. Join curator Deborah Hart and voluntary guides, for the perfect opportunity to relax, to take a closer look.
Williams and Haydn: Hidden Meanings
Sunday 30 October 2pm
Join exhibition curator Deborah Hart and virtuoso fortepianist Geoffrey Lancaster for a discussion on links between the art of Fred Williams and the music of Joseph Haydn, followed by the launch of Lancaster’s latest recording ‘Joseph Haydn – Complete Keyboard Sonatas Volume 3’. The event will include a performance by Lancaster.
If you haven’t seen Fred Williams yet, or you want to see it again, don’t miss the opportunity to experience this first major retrospective of Williams’ work in over 25 years.
Title image: Fred Williams 'Kew Billabong III 1975 (detail) Private collection © estate of Fred Williams
Works for 100 Years A gift to the nation for the centenary of Canberra, 2013
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the national capital and be part of the unfolding story of Australia’s visual culture by participating in the 100 Works for 100 Years campaign.
The 100 Works for 100 Years campaign is an exciting new fundraising initiative of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation. Developed to commemorate Canberra’s centenary in 2013, the campaign aims to build the national art collection by raising funds for the acquisition of 100 important works of art, one for each year of Canberra’s existence. As the nation’s capital, Canberra is a tangible symbol of nationhood and the federation of Australia’s states and territories.
The National Gallery of Australia sits proudly in the centre of Canberra and tells the story of our nation through the visual arts. By donating to the 100 Works for 100 Years campaign you will help us to advance the mission of the Gallery; to create a dynamic and comprehensive visual record of the art of Australia, our region and the world.
To be involved or for more information, contact Maryanne Voyazis on +61 2 6240 6691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Angel of the North' (life-size maquette) 1996 (detail) edn # 4 of 5 cast iron. Gift of James and Jaqui Erskine 2009, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program © the artist
Changes in Membership
We have moved to a new and improved membership database. This changeover has meant the Membership office has been working through a backlog of renewals and new memberships. We apologise if your renewal is taking longer that usual to be processed. Could you please advise the membership office via email if you find any anomalies in the mailings you receive from us over the coming months? These changeovers are never quite as smooth as we would hope.
With this new system you will shortly be able to renew online and book your membership events online. As soon as this is available we will advise you via email.
Christmas Shopping Night
With Christmas fast approaching don’t forget the Members Shopping Night on Thursday 24 November. Enjoy a glass of champagne while you do your Christmas shopping and receive 20% off all purchases.
'Hawkesbury wildflowers and pears' 1973
oil on canvas
Members Acquisition Fund
In the next couple of weeks members will receive the brochure for the Members Acquisition Fund 2011-12. As you will have seen in the spring edition of Artonview this year’s selection is Margaret Olley’s Hawkesbury wildflowers and pears 1973. An appropriate selection I’m sure you’ll agree.
Manager Membership and Development Programs
Title image: Philip Treacy 'Poppy', hat 1993 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased with the assistance of Ron Ramsey 1994
||Renaissance 15th and 16th century
paintings from the
The opening of Renaissance: 15th & 16th Century Italian Paintings
from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo draws nearer.
For those looking travel to Canberra for the exhibition, Qantas Holidays have packages available from 1 November, call 13 14 15. For accommodation information Visit Canberra have set up a dedicated page on their website, or call 1300 889 024.
A reminder that this is a time ticketed exhibition. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek.
A full list of events accompanying Renaissance will be released in the summer calendar on 1 December. Here is a peak at a couple highlights:
Introduction to Renaissance
Tuesdays in February and March 5.30–7.30 pm
Enjoy an informative introduction to the exhibition by a Gallery staff member prior to an exclusive after-hours exhibition viewing.
$35, $25 members/concession (includes exhibition entry) | bookings essential | James O Fairfax Theatre
Title image: attributed to Marco del Buono and Apollonio di Giovanni
'Love procession (Corteo d'amore)' c1440s(detail)
tempera on wood panel, Accademia Carrara, Bergamo
bequest of Antonietta Noli, widow
of Carlo Marenzi, 1901
Wednesdays 22 February to 28 March 6.00–8.00 pm
A six -week series of Masterclass lectures by key academics and experts in Renaissance art. Each lecture provides a detailed investigation of a theme, movement, work or artist featured in the exhibition. This series is ideal for enthusiasts who want to delve deeply into the rich artistic content of Renaissance. Exhibition opens exclusively to Masterclass attendees for one hour after each lecture.
$150 series, $130 members/concession (includes six lectures and exhibition entries)
'Christ the Redeemer' c1505
tempera and gold on wood panel
Accademia Carrara, Bergamo,
bequest of Giovanni Morelli, 1891
International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books
In mid November the International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books department will rehang their permanent collection displays. An exciting set of newly acquired digital prints will be shown, as well as some old favourites from the vault.
In the contemporary galleries British artist Marc Quinn’s brilliantly coloured Portraits of landscapes series will be shown alongside a selection of Richard Serra’s large, black and white lithographs. These works have all had new frames specifically designed to show them to their best advantage.
Title image: Marc Quinn 'Portraits of landscapes' 2007 (detail), digital pigment print, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. The Poynton Bequest, 2011
Artonline readers will remember that Jasper Johns’ Color numeral series was hung in the Pop gallery in July. This month the coloured prints will be replaced with the black versions of the same series, printed with great technical prowess from the same stones by master printer Kenneth Tyler. Read more here. Also entering the Pop gallery is Andy Warhol’s much loved Mick Jagger set of ten screenprints.
Jasper Johns ' Figure 3: from the 'Black numeral' series' 1968, lithograph National Gallery of Australia, Canberra © Jasper Johns/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy
||The art of good health and wellbeing conference3rd Annual International Arts and Health Conference
14-17 November 2011, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, the 3rd Annual International Arts and Health Conference is being hosted this year by the National Gallery of Australia. The conference will present best practice and innovative arts and health programs, effective health promotion and prevention campaigns, methods of project evaluation and scientific research.
The 2011 conference will continue to have a special focus on mental health and creative ageing, including programs for people with dementia and their carers; workplace wellbeing programs; arts and health programs for Aboriginal communities; the built environment, design and health; medical education and medical humanities.
Residential care based group participating in an Arts & Alzheimer’s outreach tour at the National Gallery of Australia.
The Gallery is very pleased to be able to showcase the work that it has been doing in this area such as The Art and Alzheimer’s Outreach Program.
To attend the conference or
for more information:
Phone: 0416 641 482
Title image: Ramingining artists The Aboriginal Memorial 1987-88 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Photograph: John Gollings
||National Visual Arts Education Conference
23 -25 January 2012
Begin 2012 inspired, informed and in-touch.
Join others passionate about visual arts education from all over Australia in Canberra this summer to exchange ideas, engage with artists and discuss art and education.
The National Gallery of Australia and National Portrait Gallery are hosting a national conference for visual art educators. Be part of this professional learning opportunity at a critical time for visual arts education.
The theme of the conference is Space - Space to renew, Space to experiment, Space to grow, Space for all.
Call for presentations open until 11 November 2011.
To register go to www.nvaec.net
Title image: Sandro Botticelli
'The story of Virginia the Roman' c1500 (detail)
tempera and gold on wood panel Accademia Carrara, Bergamo,
bequest of Giovanni Morelli, 1891
Synopsis of 2011 event
The National Gallery of Australia’s annual Big Draw was held on 25 September and was the most successful ever. Approximately 2,000 visitors enjoyed a range of drawing activities throughout the Gallery with musical interludes by roving musicians creating a wonderful ambience throughout the building.
Artists and gallery educators facilitated drawing in response to works of art in the National Gallery’s Collection. Professional and budding artists alike had the opportunity to respond to famous works of art such as Constantin Brancusi’s Birds in Space, Lucien Freud’s After Cezanne and the Pop Art collection.
Life drawing with a model dressed in a white lycra suit assisted by a skeleton on loan from the ANU Medical Faculty created an interesting juxtaposition in the International Galleries. A tableau vivant also introduced visitors to a major work of art which can be viewed in the forthcoming Renaissanceexhibition opening on 9 December.
Caption: Young visitors at the 'Big Draw' enjoy a bilateral drawing workshop
The highlight of this year’s Big Draw was a drawing performance by Gabriella and Silvana Mangano. The Melbourne-based artists drew in performance for three hours in the old foyer of the Gallery with the percussive sound of their drawing adding to the vibrant atmosphere.
The event was once again held in partnership with the National Australia Bank, Eckersleys and Drawing Australia.
Title image: Life Drawing in the International Galleries with model and skeleton
2011 will see the continuation of the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous programs, a groundbreaking partnership between the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Limited.
These programs, comprising both the Indigenous fellowship and leadership programs are being recognised both nationally and internationally for the innovative approaches to providing pathways to boost Indigenous Australians in arts leadership roles.
An application process is currently underway at the National Gallery which will see ten Indigenous Australians chosen to undertake the 2nd Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous leadership program.
Successful applicants to the program will be presented with a unique program that includes:
- behind the scene insights into the operations of the National Gallery of Australia and in particular the function and management of the largest display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world.
caption: Kimberley Moulton observes Thanakupi's 'Garth Eran and Evarth Eran' c1988
- exploration of the Australian Indigenous arts sector and the myriad of issues that impact on it. Share experiences with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts leaders and professionals to shape discussion on the future of the sector.
- a supportive environment for participants to investigate what their future roles in the Indigenous visual arts sector can be through mentorship and guidance with Gallery staff and other Indigenous visual arts professionals.
Australian portraits 1880–1960
is closing at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston on 13 November.
Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers is closing at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne on 5 November.
New South Wales
Australian portraits 1880–1960
is opening at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea (Sydney) on
Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers is opening at Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo on 18 November.
Space invaders will be represented by NGA curators Roger Butler and Jaklyn Babington at Outpost: Art from the streets on Cockatoo Island from 4 November to 11 December.
Begging for change' 2004
Print, stencil National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund 2007
In the last issue of artonline we mentioned the public art project, 'The Graffiti Wall' that was being created as part of Space invaders at the RMIT Gallery. You can view a video of the project and finished wall here.
Free public lecture
University of Melbourne
6pm Thursday 24 November
Join Professsor Jaynie Anderson, Herald Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne and International President of the Committee for the History of Art, for a free public lecture on our upcoming Renaissance exhibition.
In her lecture Jaynie Anderson will preview the exhibition. It is the first time in Australia that we will see major works by Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Lorenzo Lotto, Andrea Mantegna, and Raphael, to name just a few of the artists who painted the 72 works represented. The two Madonna paintings by Giovanni Bellini are among the most famous that he made and have provoked continual speculation about the nature of religious experience.
The exhibition has been selected from three collections, those of Giacomo Carrara, Guglielmo Lochis and Giovanni Morelli, who defined the heritage of Renaissance Italy for the Risorgimento during Italian unification. There is a particular emphasis on the northern Italian conception of the Renaissance as this exhibition comes from an Italian town located in Lombardy.
Giovanni Bellini '
Madonna and Child' c1475–76 tempera on wood panel
Accademia Carrara, Bergamo
legacy of Guglielmo Lochis, 1866
Rupert Myer A M will introduce the lecture on behalf of the National Gallery of Australia and the Italian Ambassador Gianludovico de Martino di Montegiordano will propose the vote of thanks.
Thursday 24 November 2011, 6pm, Public Lecture Theatre, The University of Melbourne
Phone: 03 8344 8985
The Brassey of Canberra is an accommodation partner of the National Gallery of Australia and proud supporters of the 2012 National Summer Art Scholarship.
The Brassey of Canberra is offering a cultural experience escape accommodation package for Renaissance: 15th and 16th century Italian paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, including accommodation in a premium Heritage room for two guests, two tickets to the exhibition, full buffet breakfast, a complimentary bottle of Chianti and more…valued at only $249!
For more information visit The Brassey of Canberra
||Members Christmas shopping night
Join us for our annual Christmas shopping night exclusive to NGA members.
Enjoy a glass of champagne while you do your Christmas shopping and receive 20% off all purchases. (excluding already reduced items).
Thursday 24 November 5.15 pm