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A Rockhampton Art Gallery Travelling Exhibition
Cream: Four Decades of Australian Art chronicles the development of modernism in Australia from 1940 to 1980. From Grace Cossington Smith's, Drapery in the studio 1940 through to William Robinson's Four cows, one bulling 1980, this exhibition showcases the stylistic diversity of modernism in Australian art.
Drawn from Rockhampton Art Gallery's remarkable collection, Cream explores the post-Second World War art centres of Melbourne and Sydney, but also presents Brisbane as an alternative city to explore new ideas in modern art. Artists include Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman, Margaret Olley, Fred Williams, John Brack, Lloyd Rees, Jon Molvig and Russell Drysdale.
The exhibition recognises the contribution of the Australia Council and also celebrates former Mayor Rex Pilbeam and the people of Rockhampton, whose support of the Gallery has built one of regional Australia's most enviable collections.
Iconic photographs from the Australian National Maritime Museum's collection capture Australian beach culture from the 1930s to today.
Waves & Water includes the work of seven of Australia's celebrated beach photographers, including Max Dupain's iconic Sunbaker 1937, Ray Leighton's surfers posed with longboards, Jeff Carter's 1960s surfing safari and Roger Scott's 1970s 'critical moment' photographs, taken as an individual catches a wave or dives into the ocean.
More recent works by Anne Zahalka explore ideas of Australian cultural identity and sterotypes. Narelle Autio also provides a different perspective of the ocean swimmer photographed from beneath the surface of the waves whilst Ian Lever renders the beauty and atmosphere of Sydney's ocean pools at dawn and dusk.
This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.