20 April to 30 May
It was drawing that first brought attention to Russell Drysdale in the early 1930's while recovering in hospital, and towards the end of his life when he was restricted due to ill health; it was drawing that once again occupied him. Through drawing Drysdale engaged with representation, touch and vision.
He sought to create images that went beyond the depiction of appearances, wrestling with the significance of marks and mark making. He did not labour over details that were not essential; rather he focussed on the essential features leaving the remaining image to the viewer's imagination.
Defective eyesight excluded Drysdale from war service, but through a need to be involved he produced what has become a significant body of work that details army life in Australia. Some of these works held in the Albury Art Gallery collection include Albury Platform 1943 and Convoy on Road near Albury 1942.
Drawing on Drysdale brings together 40 drawings, sketches, objects and writings into an exhibition that acknowledges one of the great Australian Artists of the 20th Century.
An AlburyCity touring exhibition.
Black Art White Walls
20 April - 30 May
This exhibition draws on the extensive personal collection of indigenous art accumulated by Adrian and Anne Newstead while working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander artists over the past 30 years. Adrian Newstead is a dealer, writer, consultant and activist who owns the oldest Aboriginal art gallery in Australia, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Bondi.
Adrian and Anne Newstead began their intimate involvement with the creation and subsequent bloom/boom of the Aboriginal art market in 1980. Their art collection is a personal one, built through personal relationships, serendipity, and a keen sense of historical and cultural importance. As such this art collection stands distinctly apart from those of casual collectors. It is a platform by which a different narrative can be told: that of art as an expression of relationships, culture, spirituality, the land and kinship.
Image: Rover Thomas, Claypans, Canning Stock Route 1985, natural earth pigments on builder's plywood, 92 x 183 cm