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Art Reviews 2017

27. DANILA VASSILIEFF Soap Box Derby 1938 image
By Gavin Fry
09 Jan 2017

Melbourne prides itself as being one of the world’s most liveable cities, a place of culture, home to a vibrant arts scene with a penchant for festivals of every kind. A century ago it was already one of the largest urban centres of the world, but a very different place culturally and...

28. CHARLES BLACKMAN Four Children 1961-62 image
By Anonymous
09 Jan 2017

This remarkable painting came out of the most exhilarating period of Charles Blackman's life when his senses were on full alert and his aspirations as an artist at their height. Having won the 1960 Helena Rubenstein Travelling Scholarship, and settled in London with his family, he was living in...

29. BRETT WHITELEY Study for Autumn (Near Bathurst) - Japanese Autumn 1987-88 image
By Ken Wach
09 Jan 2017

Brett Whiteley’s Study for Autumn (Near Bathurst) - Japanese Autumn of 1987-88 presents the opportunity to possess a late-period painting that amply displays the artist’s acute “eye” for visual impact and compositional panache. 

The present painting was created just four years...

30. NICHOLAS CHEVALIER Portrait of Miss Winifred Hudson as a Young Girl, Seated at a Piano, her Doll Nearby 1888 image
By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
09 Jan 2017

Nicholas Chevalier is one of the great names of Australian art of the 19th century. He arrived in Melbourne from Europe in 1854 as a young man, aged 26. His Swiss father and Russian born mother had encouraged his artistic talent from an early age, so that when he arrived he had...

31. GARRY SHEAD We Are in Australia c1996 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
09 Jan 2017

Garry Shead discovered the writings of Englishman David Herbert Richards “D. H” Lawrence (1885-1930) as a young man however it was not until later in life that the artist committed to a series of works on Lawrence’s book, Kangaroo. When he began the works, Shead was living in Bundeena,...

32. JOHN OLSEN Grevilleas and Tableland c1981-82 image
By Caroline Jones MA (Art Admin.)
09 Jan 2017

The early 1980s were a time of great change and upheaval for John Olsen on both a personal and professional level. In 1979, Olsen began a relationship with fellow artist, Noela Hjorth, a passionate ‘mid life collision’1 which saw the artist leave his wife and family in Dural and move...

33. BRETT WHITELEY Westerly with Daisies (View of Lavender Bay) 1974 image
By Ken Wach
09 Jan 2017

Brett Whiteley’s Westerly with Daisies (View of Lavender Bay) of 1974, was purchased from his Lavender Bay Series exhibition at Australian Galleries in Collingwood, Melbourne; the gallery set up in 1956, the year of the Melbourne Olympics, by the aesthetically...

34. BRONWYN OLIVER Clasp 2006 image
By Anonymous
09 Jan 2017

Clasp 2006 was made in the last year of Bronwyn Oliver’s life. She was at the height of her powers, creatively and intellectually, yet at her most fragile and difficult personally. Throughout her shorter-than-it-should-have-been career, there was an incredible consistency about her work...

35. ARTHUR BOYD Death of a Horse 1981 image
By Ken Wach
09 Jan 2017

Arthur Boyd’s painting Death of a Horse of 1981 arose from an emotionally felt experience. A horse called ‘Flame’, owned by a local child, had died after becoming entangled in barbed wire discarded after a flooding of the Shoalhaven River at Bundanon, Boyd’s home, near Nowra in New...

36. SIDNEY NOLAN Kelly at Stringybark Creek c1964-65 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
09 Jan 2017

The subject of the heroic and knockabout bushranger is one that Sidney Nolan returned to time and again. His interest began in 1945 and 1946-47 with the famous series of 27 Ned Kelly paintings (later bequeathed by Sunday Reed to the National Gallery of Australia) and continued almost up until...

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