Featuring works from the John Kaldor Family Collection
at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
21 January – 19 March 2017
Curated by Anthony Bond OAM, Landmarks celebrates works of art that are inextricably linked with landscape from some of the world’s most significant and influential artists of the 21st century. Showcasing outstanding works from the John Kaldor Family and Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, the exhibition features Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Simryn Gill, Andy Goldsworthy, Andreas Gursky, Richard Long, Perejaume, Imants Tillers and a new commission by internationally renowned Blue Mountains artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro.
The exhibition explores the shifting perception of landscape that saw artists’ work in the late 20th and early 21st century move from that of framing an image to a more immersive experience, where deeper observations and ideas about relationship with the land were investigated – thus marking the emergence of land art.
Bulgarian land artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude wrapped or divided natural and man-made spaces to draw our attention to the mass and volume of it. Malaysian born Australian artist Simryn Gill often based her photographs on the landscape including her native Malaysian forests. British artist Andy Goldsworthy is renowned for his ephemeral and site specific works, placed directly within the landscape. British sculptor Richard Long walked the land and made subtle alterations by moving a few stones to make an ephemeral geometric presence amongst the wilderness and Australian Imants Tillers makes homages to traditional Australian landscapes while inscribing histories into their spaces.
Landmarks will be on exhibition at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery from 21 January – 19 March 2017 and tour to Tamworth Regional Gallery and Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) throughout 2017.
Presented by Blue Mountains City Art Gallery & Art Gallery of New South Wales
Christo Wrapped Island, Project for South Pacific Ocean 1970, collage: pencil, fabric, twine, staples, photograph, crayon, charcoal, pastel, Perspex box, 71.5 x 56 cm Art Gallery of New South Wales John Kaldor Family Collection Photo: Jenni Carter/AGNSW © Christo
Fold – Paper as Object showcases the works of three artists who push the boundaries of working with paper as the primary medium. Veronica Herber, Helen Sturgess and James Gordon explore, manipulate and transform this fragile yet strong material to explore its second and third dimensional characteristics.
A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition
IMAGE: VERONICA HERBER Grey Tape Study (detail) 2015, Japanese washi masking tape on Fabriano handmade paper, 76cm x 105cm. Image by Meek Zuiderwijk