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Margaret Stones, Andersonia caerulea [Foxtails] and Dryandra formosa [Showy dryandra], c. late 1940s, watercolour. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Sir Russell and Lady Grimwade Bequest 1973
Drawn from the University of Melbourne Art Collection, this exhibition brings together celebrated works that illustrate the natural world in exquisite detail. The bird prints commissioned and published by John Gould were made in the mid-nineteenth century at the height of Europe's interest in science and natural history. The exactitude and fine aesthetic qualities of the lithographic illustrations set the benchmark for the highest standards in illustration for both scientific and artistic purposes.
Margaret Stones began her career in the 1950s and belongs to the scientific tradition of botanical illustration. Stones has achieved much international recognition for her illustrations throughout her career and is one of Australia's most renowned botanical artists. This exhibition includes outstanding single illustrations of flowering plants as well as annotated sketches more akin to scientific studies.
Now open, The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art.