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WILLIAMS, Red.CMYK.JBra

(in two parts)

Current Exhibition

Panorama

Selected works from the Eva and Marc Besen Gift to TarraWarra Museum of Art

Part One: 12 March – 15 May 2016

Part Two: 19 May – 31 July 2016

A panorama is a wide angle view or representation of a physical space, whether in painting, drawing, photography, film or seismic images. For this exhibition, the term panorama creates a context for how artists see the landscape – not simply as a depiction of it, but also an evocation of the layers of history within it.
Although the Australian bush has traditionally exerted a powerful mystique over the popular imagination, over the past several decades, the suburban landscape has gradually usurped the natural landscape as the site of the day to day lives and experiences for the majority of people. Nevertheless, the genre persists as a subject not only as a place to reflect on the physical changes wrought on the Australian landscape since colonisation, but also the transformation of its social, economic, and cultural functions. Moreover, artworks can call into question the very nature of relationships to and conceptions of the landscape, challenging us to consider, or reconsider, its role in the delineation of personal, community, and national identities. Furthermore, as a phenomenon to which we are all very accustomed, it is easy to overlook the simple fact that for a landscape to come into being it requires a ‘point of view’, a subjective consciousness to frame a particular expanse of the natural world. The works in Panorama challenge us to reframe our view and reconsider our own perspective on our notion of the landscape.
Taking advantage of the tremendous depth and strength of the TarraWarra Museum of Art collection gifted by Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AC, the exhibition will be staged in two parts, with a different selection of paintings exhibited in each half exploring alternative themes.

Part One (12 March – 15 May 2016) begins with outstanding works by artists who redefined the way Australians ‘see’ the landscape: Russell Drysdale, Sidney Nolan, Lloyd Rees, Brett Whiteley and Fred Williams. It then explores works by contemporary artists which incorporate various cultural, political and historical influences to create different lenses through which the landscape can be viewed: Daniel Boyd, Stephen Bush, Rosalie Gascoigne, Danie Mellor, James Morrison, Ben Pushman, Ben Quilty, Imants Tillers and Judy Watson.

Part Two (19 May – 31 July 2016) begins with a group of artists who employ the language of abstraction to evoke the embodied and the experiential landscape: Godfrey Miller, John Passmore, Brett Whiteley, Fred Williams, John Olsen, Ken Whisson, Guy Stuart, Janet Dawson, William Wright, Elwyn Lynn and Rosalie Gascoigne. It then explores the psychological intimacy of natural detail and the emotional power of the vista as expressed by artists such as: Peter Booth, Arthur Boyd, Andrew Browne, William Delafield Cook, Euan Macleod, Mandy Martin, William Robinson, Tim Storrier and Philip Wolfhagen.

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Current Exhibition

Panorama

12 March - 31 July 2016

Curated by: Anthony Fitzpatrick and Victoria Lynn

Selected works from the Eva and Marc Besen Gift to TarraWarra Museum of Art

Part One: 12 March – 15 May 2016

Part Two: 19 May – 31 July 2016

A panorama is a wide angle view or representation of a physical space, whether in painting, drawing, photography, film or seismic images. For this exhibition, the term panorama creates a context for how artists see the landscape – not simply as a depiction of it, but also an evocation of the layers of history within it.
Although the Australian bush has traditionally exerted a powerful mystique over the popular imagination, over the past several decades, the suburban landscape has gradually usurped the natural landscape as the site of the day to day lives and experiences for the majority of people. Nevertheless, the genre persists as a subject not only as a place to reflect on the physical changes wrought on the Australian landscape since colonisation, but also the transformation of its social, economic, and cultural functions. Moreover, artworks can call into question the very nature of relationships to and conceptions of the landscape, challenging us to consider, or reconsider, its role in the delineation of personal, community, and national identities. Furthermore, as a phenomenon to which we are all very accustomed, it is easy to overlook the simple fact that for a landscape to come into being it requires a ‘point of view’, a subjective consciousness to frame a particular expanse of the natural world. The works in Panorama challenge us to reframe our view and reconsider our own perspective on our notion of the landscape.
Taking advantage of the tremendous depth and strength of the TarraWarra Museum of Art collection gifted by Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AC, the exhibition will be staged in two parts, with a different selection of paintings exhibited in each half exploring alternative themes.

Part One (12 March – 15 May 2016) begins with outstanding works by artists who redefined the way Australians ‘see’ the landscape: Russell Drysdale, Sidney Nolan, Lloyd Rees, Brett Whiteley and Fred Williams. It then explores works by contemporary artists which incorporate various cultural, political and historical influences to create different lenses through which the landscape can be viewed: Daniel Boyd, Stephen Bush, Rosalie Gascoigne, Danie Mellor, James Morrison, Ben Pushman, Ben Quilty, Imants Tillers and Judy Watson.

Part Two (19 May – 31 July 2016) begins with a group of artists who employ the language of abstraction to evoke the embodied and the experiential landscape: Godfrey Miller, John Passmore, Brett Whiteley, Fred Williams, John Olsen, Ken Whisson, Guy Stuart, Janet Dawson, William Wright, Elwyn Lynn and Rosalie Gascoigne. It then explores the psychological intimacy of natural detail and the emotional power of the vista as expressed by artists such as: Peter Booth, Arthur Boyd, Andrew Browne, William Delafield Cook, Euan Macleod, Mandy Martin, William Robinson, Tim Storrier and Philip Wolfhagen.