Brett Whiteley Graphics 1961-1992
|Brett Whiteley, noisy child of 20th century Australian art and nemesis of critics, was one of this country's most gifted draughtsmen. This talent inevitably spilled over into a substantial body of graphics, many of which will be exhibited at the Brett Whiteley Studio from 9 September to 21st January 2001. |
Whiteley produced over one hundred and fifty original prints between 1961 and 1992 and used various media of printmaking to express the full range of his subject matter, from figurative abstraction through to landscape, still life, nudes, animals and birds, to the most explicit erotica. Indeed the very breadth of techniques employed by Whiteley, including etching, lithography, woodcut and hand-worked photo-screen, echoed the boundaries that he challenged through his painting and sculpture. One hundred and forty works have been selected for this exhibition.
BRETT WHITELEY GRAPHICS 1961- 1992 showcases some of the finest impressions of Whiteley's most memorable images, from Figures on an ochre background of 1961, a silkscreen executed when the artist was receiving extraordinary international focus in London; the powerful heads of his friend Francis Bacon to the small exquisite linocuts of waves and rivers, and lithographs of nudes of the late 1970Ős.
"Brancusi in sculpture and Matisse in graphics were the two artists that particularly made one aware of respecting the integrity and truth of each medium whether it be marble, cedar, lithography, charcoal etc; that the pen behaves so differently from the brush, that to draw on copper with a fine nail suits certain subjects, that to draw with a greasy crayon on stone is perfect for others, the nude for example. I am not interested in the Marxist side of printmakingÉcheaper originals. A good print should have the same feeling of 'rightness' that a one-off drawing should have." Brett Whiteley December 1982
An exciting public events programme, Sundays at 2.00pm, complements this exhibition.
|On view:||Saturday 9 September to Sunday 21st January 2001|
Brett Whiteley Studio - 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills
|Telephone:||02 9225 1744 or 02 9225 1881|
|Hours:||Saturdays and Sundays only 10am to 4pm|
|Admission:||Adults $7 Students/Concessions $5|
|Media Information and Interviews:||Jan Batten: (02) 9233 1213 or (0418) 279 348|
The Brett Whiteley Studio is managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales
A DIVISION OF THE BRETT WHITELEY FOUNDATION (ACN 068 008 837) A COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE. MANAGED BY THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES AND FUNDED BY THE NEW SOUTH WALES GOVERNMENT. DONATIONS TO THE FOUNDATION ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. (AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE REF. NO. AF1595C/SF9321).