2011 Salon des Refusés
16 APRIL - 19 JUNE 2011
The alternative selection from hundreds of entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes. Each year our guest selectors go behind the scenes of the Art Gallery of New South Wales to select the exhibition. The Salon has an excellent reputation, and is often cited as more interesting that the "official" exhibition. The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation and cover themes such as contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and artist's responses to the landscape. Sponsored by Holding Redlich.
SALLY ROSS Alasdair oil on linen 100 x 80cm
Wendy Sharpe: The Imagined Life
26 FEBRUARY - 10 APRIL 2011
Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s leading artists recognized for her expressive and exuberant paintings which depict women, often the artists herself, and are characterised by colour and movement. The artist’s observations of daily life are compelling and theatrical and this exhibition highlights her important contribution to recent Australian art. An S.H. Ervin Gallery exhibition.
WENDY SHARPE Self Portrait on the Bridge in Venice 2010 oil on linen 167 x 152cm
Curious Colony: a twenty first century Wunderkammer
11 JANUARY - 20 FEBRUARY 2011
Curious Colony is twenty first century room of wonders where colonial curiosities jostle contemporary art. This major exhibition from Newcastle Region Art Gallery brings together the work of colonial artists in juxtaposition with contemporary artists including Lionel Bawden, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Fiona Hall, Narelle Jubelin, Fiona MacDonald, Danie Mellor, Kate Rohde, Joan Ross, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Robyn Stacey, Imants Tillers, Esme Timbery, Louise Weaver & Philip Wolfhagen. Also featured is a cabinet commissioned for the exhibition containing wonders from the world of contemporary art inspired by the Macquarie Collectors’ Chest made in 1818 for Governor Macquarie and now held in the Mitchell Collection of the State Library of New South Wales. The lure of this object is such that it has inspired a contemporary response from the very place in which it was made almost two centuries ago.
ROBYN STACEY Bombe (Cape bulbs) 2009 (detail) type C print on paper Collection: Newcastle Region Art Gallery
Surface Tension: The art of Euan Macleod 1991-2009
12 NOVEMBER - 19 DECEMBER 2010
Surface Tension: the art of Euan Macleod 1991–2009 is the first major touring exhibition of work by an artist considered to be one of the finest painters of his generation. Euan Macleod’s outstanding ability as an innovative practitioner has seen his work receive both critical and public acclaim, as well as major awards including the Archibald Prize in 1999, the Sulman Prize in 2001 and the Blake Prize in 2006. The exhibition showcases the best of Macleod’s major works, sourced from the collections of public galleries, corporations and private collectors. The exhibition focuses on the core concerns of the artist – the relationship between the figure and the landscape. Macleod is drawn to hostile and remote environments – from the volcanic landforms of New Zealand, to the rugged coastline and desert regions of Australia and most recently the isolated ice platforms of Antarctica – and has incorporated imagery from these diverse landscapes into his paintings.
EUAN MACLEOD Present 2008 (detail) oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas 120 x 84cm Collection: Tweed River Art Gallery
Portia Geach Memorial Award 2010
24 SEPTEMBER - 7 NOVEMBER 2010
The annual award exhibition for portraiture presents selected entries from 47 artists across the nation by Australian women artists. The award, which was first given in 1965 in memory of artist Portia Geach, celebrates the diversity in contemporary portraiture. The Award is recognised as one of the most important celebrations of the talents and creativity of Australia women painters and has played a vital role in developing the profile of contemporary portraiture.
PRUDENCE FLINT Scrambled egg 2010 (detail) oil on canvas 127 x 102cm