Almanac: the gift of Ann Lewis AO

Dates & times

Thu 17 February — Sun 3 April 2011

Image: Hany Armanious
Untitled Snake Oil
(detail), 1998, synthetic polymer resin (hotmelt), bound pigment, glass, dimesions variable. Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Ann Lewis AO, 2009


Ann Lewis has held many influential roles in the art scene, including as a director of Sydney’s Gallery A for nearly 20 years and as a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  This touring exhibition has been selected from works Ann Lewis donated to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Newcastle Region Art Gallery and Moree Plains Gallery in 2009 and 2010.

Lewis’ gift was accompanied by an equally generous request: to make these works available to the public. The exhibition, curated by Glenn Barkley, includes work created over the last sixty years and embraces a range of media. Its inclusiveness makes it possible to tease out some of the themes that have preoccupied Australian artists in recent decades. These include a strong interest in the transformation of materials, such as found objects, the relationship between abstraction and landscape and the traces of performance art in the making of static work.

The exhibition includes examples from important movements such as Sydney-based abstract art and works that track the establishment and rise of remote indigenous painting as an essential part of contemporary Australian culture.

The exhibition curator Glenn Barkley will give a floortalk at 12 noon on Friday 18 February 2011.

This exhibition has been organised and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and is supported by Visions of Australia and Westpac.

Download education resource sheet here (PDF 1.5MB)

Curated by Glenn Barkley, Museum of Contemporary Art.


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