Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Goulburn, Australia: Organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Almanac – The Gift of Ann Lewis AO provides an extraordinary road map of Australian art practice over the last 50 years, shaped by the vision of one of Australia’s best regarded collectors and arts supporters.

Opening 10 January 2011 at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Almanac presents the generous donation made to the MCA by Ann Lewis. Thanks to Ann’s roles as collector, hilanthropist and gallerist, visitors to this exhibition can enjoy a collection of works built at the forefront of cultural production across five decades. The exhibition also draws upon the major gifts by Ann Lewis to the Newcastle Region Art Gallery and Moree Plains Gallery.

Tracing changes in taste, influence, styles and ideas, Almanac reflects a collection with depth and currency. Veering across time and location, it comprises paintings, photography sculpture, ceramics
and printmaking including several works which will be on public display for the first time.

The exhibition begins with abstract painting by modernist Ralph Balson, and later works by John Firth-Smith and Richard Dunn, and continues through to more recent works by Aboriginal artists from remote regions. The diversity of materials and approaches is reflected in the media and methods employed by the artists – from Robert Klippel’s delicately teetering metal sculptures to Hany Armanious’ hotmelt sculptures that solidify the negative spaces of various wine glasses. Similarly works by Rosalie Gascoigne and Neil Roberts use found objects which carry the aura of their history.

The exhibition includes a number of photographic works by artists such as Rosemary Laing and Anne Zahalka, which combine wit, scale and observation alongside compelling portraits and street studies by photojournalist Jon Lewis.

Significantly, the exhibition also features several works by respected Aboriginal artists, including the acclaimed Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Sally Gabori, Gloria Petyarre and Judy Watson.

Ann Lewis has worked tirelessly throughout her lifetime to raise the profile of Australian artists abroad, and to bring international artists to local audiences. Having been amassed as a private collection, this exhibition mirrors the deeply personal relationships Ann Lewis has enjoyed with a diverse array of artists. The end result is a fascinating showcase of Ann’s friendships and professional networks both in Australia and abroad. Works by international artist Callum Innes and Robert Rauschenberg are therefore another highlight of the exhibition.
‘Westpac is honoured to help bring this outstanding collection of Australian art to Goulburn,’ Westpac Goulburn Bank Manager Sonya Rups said. ‘We are committed to playing a central role in the community,and our long-standing partnerships with organisations such as the Westpac Rescue helicopter, the Salvation Army and now the Museum of contemporary Art are just one way Westpac invests in the local neighbourhood.’
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