Truck and trailer approaching a city
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synthetic polymer paint on canvas
74.5 x 150 cm
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Painting Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales. Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest, 1980. © Jeffrey Smart. Australian Modern Masterpieces - an exhibition from the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Australian Modern Masterpieces from the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 -
Sunday, November 27, 2011,
9:00 AM -
Admission: Adult $12, Concession $8, Child and Student Free
This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see 60 of the most
important 20th century Australian paintings including 40
works from collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It
provides a unique insight into the history of Australian modern art
from the 1920s to the 1970s, recognizing the extraordinary ability
of Australian artists and the pivotal role they played in capturing
the lives and moments of Australians in recent times.
It includes prominent pieces by Margaret Olley, Margaret
Preston, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Grace Cossington Smith, William
Dobell, Donald Friend and Sidney Nolan, John Olsen and Brett
Whiteley among others.
These works have been carefully chosen from the collection of
the AGNSW to enable visitors to explore the work of certain artists
in depth, while presenting overall a survey of what was happening
in Australian art during a critical 75 year period of our country's
To complement the works on tour from Sydney are 20 paintings
from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ballarat
and one further work from the Newcastle Region Art Gallery.
The earliest work in the show was painted by a 23 year old
Australian art student in 1915, the year of the military disaster
at Gallipoli, considered by many to be the true birth of an
Australian sense of nationhood.
The exhibition concludes with the work of men and women who were
students during or just after the Second World War. Nearly all
these artists have passed away within the last 25 years.
Jeffrey Smart, Yvonne Audette and John Olsen excluded, the
work displayed in this exhibition represents a recently closed
chapter in Australian art.
There are a range of special events on offer as well - check the
Event page for
Join one of the Gallery's Volunteer Guides for a special
guided tour of the show, included in your entry
free. The exhibition tours are available Wednesday to Sunday at
Accommodation packages to Australian Modern
Masterpieces are available from Novotel
Forest Resort Creswick - from $143 per
night and Mercure Ballarat
- from $125 per night. These
rates include one night's accommodation and free entry to the
Bookings can be made via http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/booking/hotels-list.shtml
or direct to the hotels:
Mercure Ballarat 03 5327 1200;
Novotel Forest Resort 03 5345 9600
If you travel to Ballarat by train, just present your VLine
ticket for a 20% discount on your exhibition ticket.
Food and Art Packages
While you're at the Gallery, take some time out at Sweet
Decadence at the Gallery - you can buy a morning and afternoon
package which includes entry to the exhibition for just $14.50 or
buy a lunch and exhibition package for $26.50.