Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Ben Quilty

24 June - 23 July 2011


The 2011 Archibald Prize winner’s solo exhibition at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery will be showing from Friday, 24 June to Saturday, 23 July.

Goulburn is the only venue for Ben Quilty’s exhibition A Convergence of Birds, curated by Andrew Frost, art critic, writer and broadcaster, in collaboration with GRAG.

The official opening on Saturday 25 June at 4pm will be by Glenn Barkley, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. This will be followed by an artist’s dinner with Ben Quilty, curator Andrew Frost and opening speaker Glenn Barkley at La Casa Restaurant, Auburn Street Goulburn at 6.30pm. Places are limited and dinner bookings are essential by telephoning 02 4823 4494. Cost per person for the dinner is $60 or $50 for Friends of the Gallery.

The exhibition includes paintings and sculptures from the period of 2003 to 2011. Quilty’s subject matter has often been birds, both native and introduced species. The native budgie, however, as a domestic species has been bred all out of proportion and while Quilty’s distinguishable, lush paint strokes make their portraits endearing to us, there is another message of change and interference behind them. Among Quilty’s new works for 2011 are his larger than life bird cages, so elaborate that they hark back to the rococo style.

Quilty’s work will also be shown in Korea, Hong Kong and Paris in 2011 but his only solo show in Australian this year has to be seen in Goulburn.


Floor Talk Thursday 30 June at 12.30 - Ben Quilty and Andrew  Frost



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