Tower of Babel
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Pastel on paper
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THREE Os: Orban, Olsen and Ogburn
Saturday, December 14, 2013 -
Sunday, January 19, 2014,
10:00 AM -
Mars, Timken and Selkirk Galleries
This exhibition will focusses on three artists who championed
the cause of Modernism in Australia: Desiderius Orban (the
prophet), John Olsen (the poet) and John Ogburn (the
With the outbreak of World War II, paintings by modern masters
including Cezanne, Dali, Picasso and van Gogh featured in the
travelling Herald Exhibition of French and British Contemporary
Art which became stranded in Australia. The opportunity to
acquire them was largely dismissed.
The eventual change in this attitude to modern art can in part
be attributed to the arrival in Australia of World War II refugees
such as Hungarian born artist and writer Desiderius Orban. His
publications Layman's Guide to Art, Understanding
Art and What Is Art All About? were highly
influential and continue to be so. His ideas have seeped into art
education and his publications are on the recommended reading lists
for art students.
Both Ogburn and Olsen attended Orban's classes, and later taught
and ran his studio while he was abroad, and each in his individual
way continued the ideas championed by Orban.
This exhibition, curated by Emma Collerton, is touring from
Orange Regional Gallery.