National Gallery of Australia Presents Out of the West. Art of Western Australia from the national collection

. December 14, 2011 . 0 Comments

Out of the West is the first survey exhibition outside Western Australia to present a large sample of Western Australian art from pre-settlement until today. Exhibition on view through 1 April 2012.

Guy Grey Smith, Perth From Kings Park 1949, Oil on canvas, National Gallery of Australia

It includes well known images and new discoveries. Works by established early artists, Robert Dale, Thomas Turner, James W R Linton, A B Webb and Kathleen O’Connor, as well as those by more recent artists such as Herbert McClintock, Harald Vike, Elise Blumann, Guy Grey-Smith, Robert Juniper, Howard Taylor, Brian Blanchflower, James Angus and Rodney Glick, will be shown, alongside significant works by many less familiar names.

When settlers started arriving in Western Australia nearly two centuries ago, they were mesmerised by the light, heat, long horizons, and vast expanses. By the twentieth century art societies had formed and local traditions had developed. Out of the West presents a starting point for visitors to the National Gallery of Australia to explore the art made from these responses to Western Australia, through a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture, drawing, print-making, photography, video installation, jewellery, furniture, decorative arts and design.

Vital to the exhibition are important historical works from the National Gallery’s recently acquired The Wordsworth Collection. This collection has been lovingly assembled over more than 40 years by Marie Louise Wordsworth, one of Western Australia’s most passionate and respected collectors. –

Category: Art Culture

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