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Raafat Ishak, 'Untitled no. 7’ from the series ‘Emergencies, accidents and congratulations’, 2009, synthetic polymer paint on MDF. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased by the Ian Potter Museum of Art. 2012.0070. © Courtesy the artist
Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Untitled, 1963, watercolour and ink. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of Dr Barrie and Ms Diana Pittock 2011 in memory of Mrs Olive Hirschfeld. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. 2011.0177. © Courtesy Christopher M Bell
Helen Maudsley, The coat, 1998, oil on board. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the artist 2012. 2012.0002. © Courtesy the artist
This exhibition presents more than fifty works recently acquired through purchase and donation. Many of the works are being shown for the first time, providing audiences with the opportunity to experience a dynamic selection of recent Australian art. With a focus on painting and drawing, the exhibition includes work by established artists and those in the earlier stages of their careers, many of whom have previously participated in exhibitions at the Potter.
Heat in the eyes is the title of a 1973 painting by senior Berlin-born Sydney-based artist Gunter Christmann. The work marks an important stage in Christmann’s career as it is among his last truly abstract paintings. In 2009, Gunter Christmann was part of the Potter group exhibition Song of sirens, showing alongside artists from later generations. At that time, Christmann commented that his enduring interest lies in a style and look of painting that is ‘from edge to edge a whole completeness’.
Through the acquisition of important works such as this, the Potter is better able to reflect upon and demonstrate the journey of a specific artist’s career, while also making important connections between the work of artists from within and across generations.
We are indebted to our benefactors for their generous support of the University of Melbourne Art Collection.