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Nolan Centenary Update II

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Nolan | 0 comments

Nolan Centenary Update II

Born 22 April 1917, the centenary of Sidney Nolan’s birth is fast approaching and it is pleasing to note that plans, at least in the UK, are well afoot and publicised. Details may be seen on the Centenary page on the Sidney Nolan Trust website. aCOMMENT is maintaining a new dedicated website on which are listed all planned activities when announced. The Nolan 100 is a growing online collection of images of Sidney Nolan’s works selected by collectors, artists, curators, critics,...

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aCOMMENT on “We who love: the Nolan slates”

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Nolan | 0 comments

aCOMMENT on “We who love: the Nolan slates”

Rarely does one have the opportunity to see a body of little known and seldom exhibited works originating in a brief, discrete, yet significant period in the early career of an artist as famed as Sidney Nolan, probably the best known Australian painter of the twentieth century. We who love: the Nolan slates at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, and before that at University of Queensland Art Museum, gives such an opportunity.   Apart from what it may tell us about Nolan, indeed...

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vale Mary Nolan

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Nolan | 1 comment

vale Mary Nolan

With sadness aCOMMENT records the death of Lady Mary Nolan at her home The Rodd on the border of England and Wales on 6 April 2016. She was 89. Sidney Nolan’s third wife, he her second husband, her death has brought forth tributes aplenty many of which lament her passing in terms such as “a door has been closed” and “the light goes out”. On 26 April, four days after Nolan would have turned 99, she was laid to rest with him in Highgate Cemetery East beneath the...

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you, Lady, are the Tree: Nolan’s annunciation

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Nolan | 0 comments

you, Lady, are the Tree: Nolan’s annunciation

      This evocative little image in gentle blues, whites and pinks set against the bold black outlining, is the first painting by Nolan reproduced in print.   Inscribed Garden of Eden, it appeared as Woman and Tree in the 2nd edition of Angry Penguins which went to print in August 1941 when still produced in Adelaide with Max Harris the sole editor. A few weeks later, again titled Woman and Tree, it was included in the 3rd annual exhibition of the Contemporary Art...

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Nolan Centenary – “Imagining in Excited Reverie”

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in Nolan | 4 comments

Nolan Centenary – “Imagining in Excited Reverie”

  Born on 22 April 1917, Sidney Nolan’s centenary is less than two years away.  So far I’ve heard of no plans to mark the occasion with an exhibition or otherwise. [NOTE that this article was written in December 2015. Thirteen months later in January 2017, plans in the UK are well afoot and being publicised. Details may be seen on the Centenary page on the Sidney Nolan Trust website. I remain unaware of anything announced regarding Australia.] If this is indeed the case,...

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aCOMMENT on “Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed”

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Heide, Nolan | 1 comment

aCOMMENT on “Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed”

      I’m writing this fresh from the book launch at Heide of Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed, and yet another familiar roam through the old Heide farmhouse where much of these lives played out and where is now hosted an accompanying exhibition of the same name.   This first biography of the Reeds, by Heide curators Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan, is the second in a 2015 biographical trilogy that covers four central weavers in the fabric of...

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