Private Lives, the artist as collector

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image: Guy Maestri's Sydney apartment photo: Eve Wilson 


 27 February - 10 April 2016



This exhibition presents the fascinating personal collections of leading contemporary artists and includes the collections of Tom Carment, Nicholas Harding, Guy Maestri and Idris Murphy.


With over 115 art works by leading Australian artists including William Robinson, Ben Quilty, Elisabeth Cummings, Euan Macleod, Paddy Bedford, Kitty Kantilla, Joan Ross, Cressida Campbell, Fred Williams & Peter Booth and international artists including Lucian Freud, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Sean Scully, Albert Giacometti & Leon Kossoff, sculpture by Tim Kyle & Krista Berga, photographs by John Witzig, Andrew Quilty & Tim Silver, and African & Pacific Island artefacts, the exhibition showcases a broad spectrum of art practice.

These collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and curiosities of Australia's leading contemporary artists. Some artists accumulate so many works that it is impossible to hang them all. Inspired by artist collectors such as Picasso, who famously 'borrowed' objects from the Louvre, this exhibition allows visitors a glimpse into the private world of the artist


Sunday afternoons @ the Gallery

Sunday 6 March at 3pm 

Join Tom Carment in the gallery and hear him talk about his motivations behind obtaining works and what inspires his personal collection. 


Sunday April 3 at 3pm 

Hear Nicholas Harding talk about what drives his personal collection. 


Sunday April 10 at 3pm 

Idris and Glennis Murphy discuss their collection and what motivates them to collect. 


Public programs are FREE with exhibition entry 











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