19 SEPTEMBER - 2 NOVEMBER
Watters Gallery opened in Darlinghurst in November 1964, and since then has become one of the leading galleries on the Sydney visual arts scene. Led by Frank Watters, Geoffrey Legge & Alexandra Legge, Watters Gallery has represented significant artists of every era and this exhibition, which celebrates its 50th anniversary, will feature works by Tony Tuckson, Robert Klippel, James Gleeson, Richard Larter, John Peart, Ken Whisson, Vicki Vavaressos, Helen Eager and Euan Macleod amongst others, in a survey which also traces the developments in the visual arts in Sydney over the past five decades.
Frank Watters and Geoffrey Legge met while Frank was working at the Barry Stern Gallery in Paddington and Geoffrey lived next door. They decided to open a gallery together and the opening exhibition, which was held in a sandstone terrace in Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, was opened by the art world doyenne Margo Lewers. Watters & Legge were idealistic and impassioned directors whose exhibition program included experimental performances and installations with artists engaged in political, social and environmental issues. Showing readily saleable art was not foremost in their minds.
The reputation that the Watters Gallery has forged in its 50 year history is one of loyalty and integrity in its dealings with its artists and collectors. Many of the artists have exhibited with the gallery for a number of years and have become close friends of Watters & Legge. They share a deep commitment for their artists and belief in their practice, which has sustained both artists and the gallery. Watters Gallery has nurtured a generation of important practitioners, with many of their clients enjoying a long relationship with the Gallery.
Sunday 12 October 3pm
Join John McPhee, art historian, curator, and author, as he discusses the history of Sydney's iconic Watters Gallery
Sunday 26 October 3pm
Join artists Euan Macleod and Chris O'Doherty (aka Reg Mombassa) as they discuss their works in the exhibition, along with curator and art writer Glenn Barkley
Gina Fairley, Legends with a 50-year legacy, Arts Hub 23 September
Elizabeth Fortescue, Watters Gallery celebrates 50 years with tribute show opened by National Gallery Director Ron Radford, The Daily Telegraph online September 19 2014.
Owen Craven, Watters Gallery 50th Birthday, Artists Profile, September 19
Tracey Clement, Five Decades at Watters Gallery, Art Guide, September 19
Owen Craven, Five Decades at Watters Gallery: An exhibition and a legacy, 28 August
John McDonald, Watters Gallery exhibition: celebrating a positive force in Australian art, The Sydney Morning Herald, September 27
List of works available here