October 13, 2022
The exhibition statement outlines that “In 1980, critic Ian Burn published his essay Beating About The Bush: Landscapes of the Heidelberg School in which he proposed a new reading of the land, where understanding the values of the artists was critical to viewing the paintings. Burn was one of the first to put a social lens across the work of these artists.” The exhibition brings Art Gallery of Ballarat’s collection of Australian Impressionist landscape paintings together with female photographers who have re-examined the Australian Impressionists and brought a new lens to the country’s landscape.
Themes such as gender, hardship of life in the bush, immigration, urban growth, environmental concerns and the presence of Indigenous peoples are explored through the work of some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists. There will be a curator floor talk with Gallery Director Louis Tegart on Saturday 12th November from 2-3pm.
Image caption: Anne Zahalka, ‘You Are On Bondi Biddigal Land!’, 2020, archival pigment ink print on rag paper, 115 x 190cm, edition of 3 + 1 AP
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