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.
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.
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.
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