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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Harold Herbert, Sunburst, 1937, watercolour on paper, 32.6 x 31.8 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. The Collection of Dr Samuel Arthur Ewing
Presented to the University of Melbourne Union in 1938, the Ewing Collection comprises fifty-six paintings, prints and drawings by major nineteenth and early twentieth-century artists. By donating the collection to the university, it was Ewing’s intention that these works instruct Australians in a love of their country.
The themes of nationhood and identity remain central to Australian visual culture today, and this exhibition provides an opportunity to consider the changing values in the interpretation of Australian art.
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