John Curtin Gallery to host some of Australia’s best art

Top Australian artists have their work on show at John Curtin Gallery.
Top Australian artists have their work on show at John Curtin Gallery.

AN exhibition of 50 significant artworks by 50 artists from the Curtin University art collection is on show at John Curtin Gallery from May 18 to July 9.

The exhibition called “50fifty” is one of the highlights of Curtin University’s 50th anniversary celebrations and features a diverse range of artworks grouped across five decades of Curtin’s history.

Local, national and international artists, including many Curtin University alumni who have contributed to the cultural life of the campus and the wider community since the collection was established in 1968, are represented.

Gallery director Chris Malcolm and collection manager Lia McKnight worked together to select the works on display.

“Some of the artists are giants of Australian art and some are instantly recognisable. Others have had a major impact on contemporary Australian art by inspiring hundreds of artists through decades of commitment to their art practice,” Mr Malcolm said.

The exhibition will include a program featuring artists’ talks and guest speakers.

Artists include: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah; Brian Blanchflower; Marion Borgelt; Arthur Boyd; Revel Cooper, Brenda L Croft; Julie Dowling; Pippin Drysdale; Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont; John Firth-Smith; Guy Grey-Smith; Sandra Hill; Robert Juniper; Pantjiti Mary McLean and Nalda Searles; Akio Makigawa; Tracey Moffatt; Lloyd Rees; Deborah Paauwe; Christopher Pease; Ben Pushman; Miriam Stannage; Howard Taylor; Rover Thomas; Aida Tomescu; and Anne Zahalka.

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