Forthcoming Exhibitions - National Gallery Of Australia

Forthcoming Exhibitions - National Gallery Of Australia

1 September 2007 – 27 January 2008

Robert Rauschenberg moved to New York in 1949, at a time when the avant-garde art scene was dominated by Abstract Expressionism. Right from the beginning, Rauschenberg worked beyond the restrictions imposed by media, style and convention, and adopted a unique experimental methodology that combined gestural mark-making with its antithesis – mechanically reproduced imagery. It was this remarkable clash of visual elements in Rauschenberg’s art that provided a major aesthetic fracture – a departure from the heroic painterly gestures of Abstract Expressionism towards a fascination with popular culture and commercial art forms embraced by the forthcoming Pop Art movement.
The exhibition Rauschenberg is drawn from the collection of rich prints and multiples at the National Gallery of Australia andshowcases the artist’s innovative printmaking processes from the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s.
detail: Robert Rauschenberg 'Horsefeathers Thirteen – I' 1972 planographic, stencil, collage © Robert Rauschenberg
Black robe, white mist
the art of the Japanese Buddhist nun
Otagaki Rengetsu
8 September 2007 –27 January 2008

Otagaki Rengetsu (1791–1875), whose name translates as Lotus Moon, was a Japanese Buddhist nun whose tragic life inspired extraordinary creativity. One of a very few successful female artists of 19th-century Japan, Rengetsu was primarily a poet and calligrapher but also excelled in pottery and scroll painting.

Largely drawn from international private collections, black robe, white mist shows contemplative works of paper and clay inscribed with Rengetsu’s elegant poetry and understated calligraphy. Her work reflects the beauty of the imperfect and unconventional.
Otagaki Rengetsu Teapot (kyusu) c.1840 earthenware, incised calligraphy
National Indigenous Art Triennial 07
culture warriors
13 October 2007 – 10 February 2008

The National Gallery of Australia is delighted to present the inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial. The work of thirty artists has been selected, representing the diversity of regions around Australia and demonstrating the incredible range of contemporary Indigenous art practice. Works selected for the Triennial have been created within the past three years and include painting on canvas and bark, sculpture, weaving, new media, photo-media, printmaking and installation work.

The National Indigenous Art Triennial provides a highly considered snapshot of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary art practice.
Richard Bell 'Australian Art Its and Aboriginal thing' 2006 synthetic polymer paint on canvas acquired 2006 TarraWarra Museum of Art collection

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