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Parables of Sunlight: Sidney Nolan – the Religious, the Sublime and the Divine in his painting

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Nolan | 1 comment

Parables of Sunlight: Sidney Nolan – the  Religious, the Sublime and the Divine in his painting

This is a transcript of a lecture given by David Rainey on 25 July 2018 at the Anglican church of St. Mary-in-the-Valley, Canberra. It  includes full references not given in the presentation. Nolan’s own words are frequently quoted and in this transcript are shown in bold. Please NOTE that the text remains as spoken and consequently follows, rather than precedes, the image to which it relates.     Good evening all. Thank you for coming out on such a cold night –...

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Ned and Sid, Sublime at AGWA

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Nolan | 0 comments

Ned and Sid, Sublime at AGWA

David Rainey’s preview of the upcoming exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia of Sidney Nolan’s 26 Ned Kelly paintings from The National Gallery of Australia, has been written especially for SeeSaw, the Perth-based Arts Alert, Preview and Review website https://www.seesawmag.com.au   Ned and Sid, Sublime at AGWA   Ned Kelly is visiting the Art Gallery of Western Australia; or to be more precise, twenty six Kelly-themed paintings are making their first visit to...

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Scabby Days

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Comment | 1 comment

Scabby Days

  Mt Scabby, at 1790m among the highest of ACT peaks, lies on the border with New South Wales in a remote region of the Namadgi and Kosciuszko National Parks. Less a peak than a flat U-shaped plateau, it is here the Cotter River begins to flow – its three dams supplying Canberra’s water.     A long one day walk from vehicular access, another to return, Scabby receives relatively few visitors. The effort though has its rewards – like the occasion two wedge tail...

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Nolan Centenary Update IV

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Nolan | 0 comments

Nolan Centenary Update IV

What a pleasure to advise that a Nolan exhibition curated especially for his Centenary year, the first such in Australia, is about to open in MELBOURNE.     Sidney Nolan: the Greek Series launches at the Hellenic Museum on 24 August 2017 and runs until 31 October. For more details check the website here. Another first, at least to my knowledge, is a recourse to crowdfunding which serves to highlight the parlous state of Arts funding. However it does give to all reading this, the...

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Auction of significant Nolan painting

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Nolan | 0 comments

Auction of significant Nolan painting

How many paintings in total did Nolan create? Estimates vary widely …. 10,000?  30,000? …. who knows, he was nothing if not prolific. Whatever the number, few 20th century ‘name’ painters likely sold more works from a gallery wall than did Sidney Nolan.   The very first of these will go to auction in Melbourne tomorrow 10 August 2017. Remarkably, the fact that Lot 30 was Nolan’s first commercial sale is not mentioned in the Menzies...

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