If you’re out and about this summer make sure to check out some of these incredible exhibitions at some of our fine Public Galleries. Here are a few we highly recommend…
Bronwyn Oliver (1959-2006) was one of the most significant Australian sculptor of recent decades. This first comprehensive survey of 50 key works, from the mid-1980s to the final solo exhibition in 2006, includes early works made in paper, major sculptures from public collections, and maquettes for many of her much-loved public sculptures.
Over 70 works by 50 Australian artists are brought together for this exhibition on the bird. Encompassing works from painting to sculpture, decorative arts, photography, print-making and installation, this exhibition, two years in the making, explores the science, symbolism, beauty and curiosity of birds. Artists including Albert Tucker, Rover Thomas, Ginger Riley and contemporary artists such as Brook Andrew, Fiona Hall, John Wolseley, Ben Quilty, Christian Thompson, Kate Rohde, Petrina Hicks, Trent Parke and Louise Weaver consider birds as objects of desire, in relation to fashion, history, identity, the environment and as emblems of empire and nationhood.
Drawing on the centuries old tradition of trompe l’oeil painting (or ‘trick of the eye’), this exhibition brings together the work of a number of contemporary Australian artists whose paintings, sculptures and moving images are intentionally illusionistic, play with perspective or are something other than what they first appear to be. Includes works by Chris Bond, Daniel Crooks, Georgina Cue, Gregory Hodge, Jess Johnson, Jan Murray, Ricky Swallow and Anne Zahalka, as well as commissioned works specifically for the exhibition by Colleen Ahern and Tully Moore, Stephen Bowers and John R Neeson.
Making Modernism brings together for the first time the iconic art of Georgia O’Keeffe, one of America’s most significant painters of the twentieth century, alongside modernist masterpieces by pioneering Australian artists, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith. Presenting thirty works by each artist from the breadth of their careers, the exhibition considers similarities and distinctions in their art to bring new perspectives to light about modernism’s dispersal and reinvention as it developed beyond the metropolitan wellspring of Europe.
The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists,David Hockney: Current. The exhibition, curated by the NGV in collaboration with David Hockney and his studio, features over 1200 works from the past decade of the artist’s career – some new and many never-before-seen in Australia – including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works.