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Leading Sydney sculptor, Ari Purhonen, was born in Finland in 1953 and came to Australia in 1966. Since 1980, he has exhibited widely in Australia, the USA, England, and New Zealand. In recent years, in addition to his participation in the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award and the National Sculpture Prize, Purhonen has sought involvement in public works ventures and has worked with architects and civic authorities, including the Olympic Co-ordination Authority.
The Ian Potter Museum of Art presents work by Purhonen that spans nearly two decades, including two major free-standing sculptures, both titled Logic (1986–87), and a series of wall-mounted works titled Speed of light that incorporate fresh fruit into the sculptural ‘equation’. Purhonen’s sculptures can be likened to the measuring devices, tools and instruments that are used in scientific experiments. While his work extends the rationalist approaches and contexts of classically formal idioms, Purhonen is recognised as an Australian artist who continues to explore philosophical issues within sculpture.
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