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Mervyn Napier Waller’s study for the Leckie window (left) and Australian symbolic figures (right). Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Rupert Bunny, Oedipus and the Sphinx, c. 1911, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased 1960
This exhibition showcases the University of Melbourne Art Collection. The Grimwade Gallery displays for the first time Mervyn Napier Waller’s outstanding mural (c. 1940), which was originally commissioned for the Royal Insurance Company building located at 414 Collins Street, Melbourne. The mural was recently removed from its long-term location in the University of Melbourne’s Architecture Library, and conserved.
The large-scale figurative mural is displayed alongside other works by the artist, in addition to works by Mervyn Napier Waller's wife, Christian Waller, artist-colleague Norman Macgeorge, and Rupert Bunny. Included in this exhibition is the rarely seen study for the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s iconic stained glass Leckie window.
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