Dates & times

Fri 22 February — Sun 14 April 2019


ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Tony Tuckson, Red-abstract-study 1964 synthetic polymer paint on cardboard, 74 x 63cm. Hassall Collection



There is a long-established tendency in museums and galleries to emphasise fundamental differences between indigenous and non-indigenous Australian art at the expense of any common ground they might possibly share. Private collectors tend to be less inhibited in this regard. They are much more open to the play of analogies, rapports and apparent convergences of works, even if these be no more than accidental and fleeting.

This outstanding private collection braces indigenous and non-indigenous works in a utopian vision, where there is the possibility of exchange between equals, where the playing field is level, where the indigenous seems to be normative and the non-indigenous a series of unconscious, deeply reverential and somehow secondary echoes. It has to be seen to be believed: the animated and compelling conversation that springs up between works by Ralph Balson and Nyapanyapan Yunupingu; Ian Fairweather, Tony Tuckson, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and George Tjungurrayi; between Robert Klippel, Leo Loomans and Michael Buzacott; between Tiger Palpatja and Nonggirrnga Marawili. A veritable feast for the eye and a balm to the spirit not to be missed.

The Drill Hall Gallery 2019 program of exhibitions has been generously supported by the ANU Visual Arts Foundation.


Opening Night Thursday 21 FEB 6PM       RSVP

Friday 22 Feb 12pm

Exhibition floor talk with Geoff Hassall, Quentin Sprague and Terence Maloon


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