American Masters at the National Gallery of Australia

American Masters, National Gallery of Australia 

24 August – 11 November 2018

Drawn exclusively from the National Gallery of Australia's outstanding collection of American art, American Masters celebrates that nation’s artists from the 1940s to the 1980s. When the NGA acquired Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles in 1973, at the time the most expensive American painting ever sold, their emerging collection hit the global headlines. This exhibition tells the story of the formation of the National Gallery of Australia's incredible American collection and includes many major works not seen together for a long time.

  Jackson Pollock   Blue poles  1952 oil, enamel, aluminium paint, glass on canvas National Gallery of Australia © Pollock-Krasner Foundation/ARS/Copyright Agency

Jackson Pollock
Blue poles 1952
oil, enamel, aluminium paint, glass on canvas
National Gallery of Australia
© Pollock-Krasner Foundation/ARS/Copyright Agency

From Abstract Expressionism, Colour Field, Pop, Neo-Dada and Photo-Realism, to Conceptual, Land and Performance Art, American Masters examines how a generation of young Americans challenged local traditions and reinvented modern art, inspired by European émigrés including Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian and Josef Albers. The sensational international impact of the era’s major artists is captured in masterpieces by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois.

  Robert Motherwell   Elegy to the Spanish Republic  1958 synthetic polymer paint on canvas National Gallery of Australia Purchased with the assistance of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York, NY, made possible with the generous support of The Dedalus Foundation and the Foundation of the National Gallery of Australia 1994 © Dedalus Foundation, Inc./VAGA/Copyright Agency

Robert Motherwell
Elegy to the Spanish Republic 1958
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
National Gallery of Australia
Purchased with the assistance of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York, NY, made possible with the generous support of The Dedalus Foundation and the Foundation of the National Gallery of Australia 1994
© Dedalus Foundation, Inc./VAGA/Copyright Agency

Highlights include paintings and works on paper by the New York School; Sol LeWitt’s huge Wall drawing No. 380 a-d 1982, specially re-made for this exhibition; and a selection of spectacular light works by Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Keith Sonnier and James Turrell.

  Frank Stella   Flin Flon  1970 synthetic polymer and fluorescent paint on canvas National Gallery of Australia Purchased through the NGA Foundation with the assistance of Terrey and Anne Arcus and Penelope and Harry Seidler 2002 © Frank Stella/ARS, New York/Copyright Agency

Frank Stella
Flin Flon 1970
synthetic polymer and fluorescent paint on canvas
National Gallery of Australia
Purchased through the NGA Foundation with the assistance of Terrey and Anne Arcus and Penelope and Harry Seidler 2002
© Frank Stella/ARS, New York/Copyright Agency

This exhibition is FREE and has an exciting program of events. For more details visit the National Gallery of Australia's website below. 

National Gallery of Australia
24 August-11 November 2018
www.nga.gov.au