FABULOUS THINGS: TOWARDS A NEW ART MUSEUM
October 12 – November 17, 2013
As a prelude to the exhibition of designs for a new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct that will be unveiled in November, we present some of the key works and strengths of the Gold Coast City Gallery collection. These works have been collected over the past 40 years and are normally hidden away in storage. With close to 4000 artworks and items of material culture, it’s a collection of great significance for the city and is one of the clearest demonstrations for the need for a new art museum building.
Highlights to be presented include Michael John Taylor’s Overnight Sleeper which was awarded the first Gold Coast City Art Prize in 1968, thus becoming the first work to enter the Gold Coast City Gallery’s collection.
A recent gift to the collection is the radiant Desert seedling by artistJohn Olsen; affectionately dubbed the poet of the brush. Considered to be a master of the watercolour medium, this evocative landscape showcases Olsen’s draughtsmanship whilst beautifully capturing the Australian outback teeming with life.
Similarly, the powerful and striking untitled painting by indigenous artist Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa aka Mrs Bennett poetically relays stories associated with women’s ceremony. Photography and ceramics by local and international artists will be showcased, as will works of art about the Gold Coast and beach culture. This exhibition will demonstrate the rich depth on offer for visitors to a future Gold Coast Art Museum.
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