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46. ROBERT KLIPPEL Opus 751 1989 image
By Ken Wach
01 Nov 2017

Robert Klippel’s Opus 751 of 1989 is significant for at least four compelling reasons.

Firstly, Klippel’s sculptures, especially bronzes, have a deserved “hold” status among discerning collectors and it is uncommon to see them offered at public auction.

Secondly, the...

47. ARTHUR BOYD The Homestead c1984 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

Arthur Boyd’s first Wimmera landscapes were conceived in 1948-49, when he and the poet Jack Stephenson embarked on a painting trip to Horsham. Considered the regional capital of Victoria’s Wimmera area, Horsham is set to the north of The Grampians on the banks of the Wimmera River, approximately...

48. GARRY SHEAD The Dub 1997 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

The Dub 1997 by Garry Shead is a painting from the Royal Suite, a series inspired by the Royal Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Australia in 1954. Painted in the 1990s, at a time when interest in the Monarchy was heightened in Australia, Shead combines memory and imagination, creating...

49. BRETT WHITELEY Girl Riding a Bicycle 1974 image
By Gavin Fry
01 Nov 2017

Brett Whiteley was certainly the most talked about, written about and argued about artist of his generation. To many he was a genius, to others, a talented show-off with a propensity for self-promotion and bravado that detracted rather than reinforced perceptions of his art. Whatever one’s view...

50. ROSALIE GASCOIGNE Feathered Chairs 1978 image
By Michael Desmond
01 Nov 2017

Despite their unusual appearance, this set of feathered chairs is not a departure from Rosalie Gascoigne's usual practice.  This work does not record, despite the reference to furniture in the title, a move to decorative arts - this feathered pair were never intended to function as seating -...

51. DAVID LARWILL Perfumed Garden 1987 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
01 Nov 2017

David Larwill’s oeuvre rests on a self-created mythology of simplicity, friendship and adventure, and, occasionally swerves into the realms of social and political statements. Throughout his prodigious but short career, cut tragically short by lung cancer, the artist kept his message short and...

52. KEITH HARING Untitled 1984 image
By Tessa Dorman MA Art History and Theory
01 Nov 2017

The impressive, albeit brief, career of Keith Haring began amongst New York’s vibrant avant-garde street art scene in the early 1980s. Successful artists rely on commercial galleries to present their works to the public, Haring was a revolutionary in that he took his art directly to the...

53. GARRY SHEAD Intimate Couple 2000 image
By Tessa Dorman MA Art History and Theory
01 Nov 2017

Garry Shead is one of Australia’s most renowned artists for his poetic depictions of Australian culture and the essence of human love.  Arguably amongst his most powerful series, Dance Sequence, is one of the artist’s most adored series and that includes the present work, Intimate...

54. JOHN PERCEVAL Kathy in the Studio 1964 image
By Gavin Fry
01 Nov 2017

As many will testify, the world created in an artist’s work might not necessarily show a direct relationship to the artist’s own life. The paintings and ceramics of John Perceval are amongst the most appealing and engaging of any artist of his generation, but the bright and happy world they...

55. FRED WILLIAMS Fallen Tree 1959 image
By Gavin Fry
01 Nov 2017

Almost any aspiring artist in mid-century Australia could well have thought that anything worth saying about the landscape had already been said. From the tentative depictions of the convict illustrators, through the romantic topographers and the hybrid Barbizon and orientalist glare painting of...

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