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Nicholas Chevalier, Refuge Cove, Wilson's Promontory, 1865, lithograph and watercolour, 22.3cm x 32.0cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest 1973. 1973.0622
By the mid-19th century Victoria had become a destination of choice for free settlers. The discovery of gold in 1851 encouraged mass migration which saw the colony grow from 76,000 to 540,000 in a decade. Cities such as Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat flourished becoming large population centres with corresponding economic power. This exhibition presents visions of colonial Victoria from the north, south, east and west, revealing the dynamism and development of the gold rush and coastal regions as well as the yet 'unconquered' romanticised landscape further afield.
Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten. Coming soon, opening 6 December 2014