Barry Pearce, Sidney Nolan, Lou Klepac, Frances Lindsay, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Dec 1, 2007 - Art - 272 pages
The speed at which Sidney Nolan worked, and the expansiveness of his production, has always presented something of a dilemma for the retrospective defining of his genius. John Olsen once described Nolan as having a wild eye, by which he was able to glimpse a motif with the instantaneousness of a lens shutter, spawning a bewildering plethora of images, from ephemeral sketches to large-scale compositions, many of which have become indelible icons of 20th century Australian art. This retrospective, consisting of approximately 116 paintings, will be presented in chronological order, underlining the evolution of Nolans vision from its genesis in St Kilda during the late 1930s to the United Kingdom half a century later. This will allow a clear view of where his intentions took him with quite startling logic in his last years, when he needed to look backwards to move forward, pinpointing ideas that had always remained deeply imbedded in his painterly consciousness.
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Introduction Edmund Capon
Nolans Parallel Universe Barry Pearce
the end of St Kilda Pier Frances Lindsay
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1947 Ripolin enamel AGNSW Albert Tucker Angry Penguins Antarctica April Art and Australia Arthur Boyd artist artist's estate Exhibited Australian art Australian Galleries Australian painting Brian Adams Brisbane Burke Canberra Central Australia cm Art Gallery cm National Gallery cm private collection Contemporary Art Cynthia Nolan David Jones David Jones'Art Gallery Dimboola enamel and oil enamel on hardboard Ern Malley film Fraser Gallery of Australia Gallery of Victoria Glenrowan hardboard 122 illus John Reed July June Kelly paintings Kelly series Landscapes and legends Leda Literature London Luna Park Lynn & Nolan Macquarie Galleries March Melbourne Modern Art Museum of Modern Nolan Gallery October oil on hardboard painter Paradise Garden Perth photograph courtesy polyvinyl acetate portrait Private collection Provenance Queensland retrospective Rimbaud Riverbend Rosenthal 2002 September Sidney Nolan South Wales spray on canvas St Kilda studio Sunday Reed Sydney verso visits Whitechapel Art Gallery Wimmera