There will be two excursions to the National Gallery of Australia as part of our July theme The Art of the Print:
- Sunday 24th July, 11am
- Monday 25th July, 11am
We will meet at the main entrance on the lower ground floor (not the old main entrance on the first floor). (The excursion on Sunday is for those who are working and the Monday one is for those who are not working because it is likely to be less crowded then).
There is an exhibition (American Portraits) of prints by Diane Arbus together with prints from several other socially incisive American portrait and street photographers in related veins, including Weegee, Walker Evans and Garry Winogrand. It is on the second floor. Diane Arbus said “the subject of the picture is more important than the picture” and yet was critically concerned with the presentation of her prints.
Identical twins Cathleen and Colleen Wade, spotted by Arbus at a Christmas party for twins and triplets.
Just outside the exhibition there are a few nineteenth century Siamese prints at one end and at the other some surrealist images including one by André Kertész. There are many other photographs scattered through the gallery on the first floor. There is a whole wall of images including one by Max Dupain. There are some photographic prints at the back of the “Black” exhibit in a far corner including one by Ansell Adams. There are also photographic prints throughout the gallery presented as Art, so that you can only be sure they are photographs by looking closely at the labels.
So let us make this a collaborative learning experience. As we wander round in small groups, we can discuss topics such as which prints impress us, what we see in them, what ideas they invoke, how the printing contributes to the aesthetic and what ideas the prints give us for our own images and printing.
Then at 1pm we can gather in the Cafeteria in the lower ground floor for nibbles and conversation.
(The Gallery also currently has a (non-photographic) exhibition by Fiona Hall, Wrong Way Time, but this closes on July 10, well before our visits.)