In September 2013, the Royal Academy of Arts will present the first survey of Australian art in the UK in over 50 years. The exhibition will reveal the development of Australian art through over 180 paintings, prints and drawings, watercolours, photographs and multimedia works, incorporating settlers’ images of the land from the beginning of the nineteenth century to today, together with art by Aboriginal Australians. The exhibition will consider the tensions both real and imagined between the landscape as a source of production, enjoyment, relaxation and inspiration, and conversely as a place loaded with mystery and danger.
The exhibition will include works by Aboriginal artists such as Albert Namatjira, Rover Thomas, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Fiona Foley and Gordon Bennett. Nineteenth century European immigrants such as John Glover and Eugene von Guerard will also feature, as well as the Australian Impressionists whose paintings relied heavily on the mythology of the Australian bush: Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts (a student of the Royal Academy Schools), Charles Conder and Frederick McCubbin. Early Modernists such as Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith and Roy de Maistre will hang alongside the leading twentieth century painters: Arthur Boyd, Rosalie Gascoigne, Fred Williams, Brett Whiteley and Sidney Nolan RA, with the exhibition ending in the twenty-first century with internationally recognised artists such as Shaun Gladwell, Bill Henson and Tracey Moffatt.
Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia.
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