Discover Australia’s iconic impressionist, Arthur Streeton, this summer
|Delve into the life and art of Australia’s iconic impressionist, Arthur Streeton, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this summer with the major exhibition Streeton and an illuminating program of lectures, tours and activities.
Exclusive to Sydney from 7 November 2020 to 14 February 2021, Streeton features more than 150 paintings, drawings and watercolours from 42 public and private collections, some not exhibited for more than 100 years.
The expansive exhibition brings together sun-drenched impressionist landscapes from the 1880s, joyful depictions of Sydney Harbour in the 1890s, pastoral paintings from the 1920s and ’30s, and a selection of artworks from the artist’s international career painting in Egypt, England, Italy and WWI France.
Exhibition curator and Art Gallery of NSW head curator of Australian art Wayne Tunnicliffe said Streeton is an in-depth exploration of the artist’s practice over six decades.
“We are thrilled to present the most comprehensive survey to date of our greatest impressionist landscape painter, Arthur Streeton, whose brilliant evocations of light, land and sea captured the spirit and optimism of our country,” said Tunnicliffe.
Exhibition visitors can watch the new documentary film, Streeton – A Life, which explores the key moments in Arthur Streeton’s artistic journey. From his early days in the artist camps in Victoria with Tom Roberts and Charles Conder to his arrival in Sydney in 1890, the film documents his growing confidence as a young artist. Through his correspondence, read by actor Mark Lee, Streeton’s voice is integral to the telling of the story. A central theme is Streeton’s concern with preserving Sydney’s harbour foreshore in the 1890s, which later became active environmental campaigning to save Australia’s old growth forests. The film includes interviews with Wayne Tunnicliffe, Paula Dredge, Simon Ives, Jane Clark, Tim Bonyhady, Ben Quilty and Julie Dodds-Streeton.
Beginning next week, the four-week lecture series Global impressions: Arthur Streeton and worldwide impressionism explores Streeton’s story and the rise of Australian impressionism within an international context, as well as conserving impressionist paintings and the recent discoveries hidden beneath some of Streeton’s works in the Gallery’s collection. The series is presented by exhibition curator Wayne Tunnicliffe, art historian Molly Duggins, Art Gallery of NSW assistant curator of international art Anne Gerard-Austin and Art Gallery of NSW head of painting conservation Paula Dredge, on Thursdays 1-2pm or Saturdays 11am-12pm, 12 November – 5 December 2020. Bookings essential.
Visitors to Streeton can join a free guided tour, daily at 1pm, 16 November 2020 – 12 February 2021 and young visitors can get closer to the art of Arthur Streeton with a free printed children’s activity trail, activity sheet and specially made labels just for kids. People living with dementia and their care partners can take part in the art and dementia online program on Mondays at 11am, 26 October, 30 November, 14 December 2020. Bookings essential.
The richly illustrated book, Streeton, edited by Wayne Tunnicliffe and co-published by the Art Gallery of NSW and Thames & Hudson in conjunction with the exhibition, is now available and includes new writing by Wayne Tunnicliffe and specialist writers Roger Benjamin, Tim Bonyhady, Jane Clark, Allison Goudie, Anne Gray, Emma Kindred, Andrew Yip, and Gallery staff Paula Dredge, Hannah Hutchison, Simon Ives, Denise Mimmocchi and Nick Yelverton.
Streeton is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
Tickets for the exhibition are now on sale. For everyone’s safety, tickets are dated and timed with limited exhibition capacity. Due to popular demand, opening weekend tickets are already sold out, pre-booking is strongly recommended.
The Gallery will continue to be guided by the NSW Government’s health guidelines. For more information and tickets, please visit our website.
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Also available, Gallery Pass ticket offer for Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2020 and Streeton