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Conrad Martens, Toorak, c. 1860, watercolour and gouache on paper, 45.2 x 65.5 cm (sheet). The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Sir Russell and Lady Grimwade Bequest 1973
Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Artists include: George Bell, Duncan Cooper, Elioth Gruner, George Lambert, Daryl Lindsay, John Skinner Prout, Charles Nettleton, Tom Roberts, Arnold Shore, William Strutt
The Sir Russell and Lady Grimwade Bequest is an extensive collection of cultural material comprising artworks, photographs, decorative arts, furniture, rare books, historical documents and other memorabilia, that provides a perspective on the visual history of Australia from the time of European discovery to the 1950s.
The dominant themes of the collection reflect Sir Russell Grimwade’s desire to document the exploration, settlement and development of Australia as a nation, and the growth of Melbourne as a city. In addition to a number of works on paper by nineteenth century lithographers and engravers, works by the photographer Charles Nettleton (1826 – 1902) are included in this exhibition.
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