08/14/17

SYDNEY Contemporary | Robert Klippel

OLSEN gallery is pleased to present Colour and Form:Works from the Estate of Robert Klippel at Sydney Contemporary 7 – 10 September 2017.

Andrew Klippel (son of Robert) and Tim Olsen speak of the upcoming show in the recently published article,  The artistic impulse of one of Australia’s greatest artists, by Linda Morris, in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Like the sons of many artists, Andrew Klippel grew up knowing he was second in his father’s affections to the creative impulse.

Robert is regarded as Australia’s pre-eminent sculptor of the 20th century, having exhibited with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Fernand Leger, Rene Magritte and Lucian Freud. In New York he walked among the giants of the contemporary art scene as a member of the 10th Avenue Club, an artist group founded by Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock.

Artist Robert Klippel never stopped toiling in service of his aesthetic convictions.

“Metal and junk, that’s what the house smelled of,” Klippel recalls. “It hadn’t been cleaned in 40 years, he wouldn’t allow anyone to clean it; there was a guy who would come in to mop the floor once every six months.

“The house had 25 rooms, each one of those dedicated to something. You had your plastic room, the plaster room, the metal rooms – plural, paper rooms, cardboard rooms, wax rooms.” 

To read the full article please click here.

 

 

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08/14/17

Paul Davies | MAK Center for Art and Architecture

Opening at OLSEN gallery on the 30th of August is Paul Davies Everything Loose will Land in LA.

Here, Paul speaks of his process and the inspiration behind his upcoming show.

 

The show will run from 30 August – 17 September 2017.

Exhibition Opening Wednesday 30th August 2017, 6 – 8 pm

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08/14/17

OLSEN GRUIN | Art Zealous

Meet the Australians Shaking Up New York’s Art Scene

“It is important to me that we create an institution that is accessible for the art going public. Too many galleries in New York deliberately foster an intimidating and inaccessible front to the general public.” – Emerald Gruin of Olsen Gruin gallery.

Olsen Gruin gallery first opened its doors on the Lower East Side less than a year ago. Since then, it has already outgrown its original space and is relocating to a new gallery space on Orchard St. that is three times the size of the current location. Olsen Gruin Gallery is the collaborative venture of Tim Olsen and Emerald and Adrian Gruin.

To read the full interview with Emerald Gruin click here.

Olsen Gruin will be operating at both locations through the summer. Sharing Country, curated by Adam Knight,will be on view at the Orchard St. location through August 10th. Wesley Martin Berg & Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri will be on view at the Orchard St location as well until September 10th. Alphachanneling (Summer Show) will be on view at the Elizabeth St. location through August 31st.

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08/6/17

JULIAN MEAGHER | Finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2D

The gallery wishes congratulations to Julian Meagher, finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize for The Ashes Fall, The Wine Spills 2016.

The Ashes Fall, The Wine Spills  2016, oil on linen, 152 x 122 cm

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2017 is a national contemporary acquisitive award presented by Sunshine Coast Council. It showcases a select group of 40 artists in a 2D medium. The Prize runs until the 8th of October at Caloundra Regional Gallery.

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08/6/17

PETER VANDERMARK | Finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

The gallery wishes congratulations to Peter Vandermark, finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize for Predestination: observatory I, II & III 2017.

Predestination: observatory I, II & III  2017, Plywood, timber, acrylic paint, acrylic mirror, 26(h) x 80 x 70cm

 

The winner will be announced at the opening on Saturday 14th October and the exhibition will continue until Sunday 5th November, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay http://sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/home

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07/26/17

SOPHIE CAPE | Finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

The gallery wishes congratulations to Sophie Cape, finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize for Awake, O Sleeper.

Awake, O Sleeper, 2017 soil, bulldust, blood, charcoal, acrylic, oil, pastel, graphite, ink on canvas 169 x 213cm

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize that was founded to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia.

The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on 4 August, 2017.

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07/26/17

MARISA PURCELL | Finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Marisa Purcell‘s Expanse has been selected as a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize.

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize that was founded to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia.

Expanse, mixed media on linen, 183 x 153cm

 

Congratulation’s Marisa.

The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on 4 August, 2017

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07/26/17

NICHOLAS HARDING | Finalist in the Wynne Prize 2017 & Archibald 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to Nicholas Harding finalist in the 2017 WYNNE Prize as well as a finalist in the 2017 Archibald Prize for his portrait of John Olsen.

Wilpena eucalypt and wattle, 2017, oil on linen, 183 x 245 cm

 

Wilpena Pound is an amphitheatre of mountains in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges National Park.

Nicholas Harding describes his response to working from this landscape:

‘Reflected sky pooling in stream water. Wattle blooms amongst bark and bough. Bleaching light refracted through twigs and leaves. Birdsong and insect buzz. Wilpena in the spring.’ – Nicholas Harding, 2017

 

John Olsen AO, OBE, oil on linen, 198 x 138 cm

‘John’s irrepressible joie de vivre, in both his personality and work, was something I wanted to paint. This request was politely denied,’ says Harding.

‘Last year, however, after painting Tim for a National Portrait Gallery exhibition, he asked if I’d like to paint John. Then a sitting became impossible with the worsening of John’s wife’s illness. Sadly, just before Christmas, Katherine died.’

‘In January, John had his 89th birthday. He had been involved with his major retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria, then its imminent opening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He was also painting new work for an exhibition in March. It was a time of mortal loss, emotional exhaustion and great achievement. At this profoundly complex moment of his life, with great generosity, John sat for me in his studio.’

The winners of the Wynne Prize and the Archibald will be announced on the 28th of July 2017.

 

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07/26/17

JUZ KITSON | Finalist in the 2017 Wynne Prize

OLSEN gallery is pleased to announce Juz Kitson‘s That which provides safety and the possibility of growth, that which you can put your trust in, 2017 has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Wynne Prize

 

Juz Kitson, That which provides safety and the possibility of growth, that which you can put your trust in, 2017

“This installation is a heady mix of artefact and disturbing viscera, a kind of contemporary shamanism, playing with representations and perceptions of the human and animal condition.”

“The universal language here represents the outsider versus the insider, acceptance and isolation, connection and displacement – a theme that is constant in the lives of people living in remote areas, though is ultimately united by the human condition.”

“The juxtaposition of inanimate materials is suggestive of the cycle of life. It also creates the sense that the work is alive, in an ironic way, as all living things decay.”

Juz Kitson, 2017

The Wynne Prize winner is to be announced on Friday July 28th 2017.

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07/26/17

ALAN JONES | Finalist in the 2017 WYNNE Prize

Congratulations are in order for Alan Jones for his selection as a finalist in the 2017 Wynne Prize for his painting Painting 218 (The Domain), 2016.

Painting 218 (The Domain), 2016 acrylic on board

“This landscape is a reflection of everyday life. It depicts a walk that I took to the Art Gallery of New South Wales with my son. It had just stopped raining and the sun was reflecting on the wet trees and pathway, creating a silvery light.”

“I enjoyed experimenting with collage to produce this work. It is one of the more abstract landscapes I have produced. It felt free from formal constraints. I worked quickly and intensely on each assembled piece. Applying thin acrylic washes to raw plywood added an element of unpredictability and immediacy, like working in a sketchpad.”

Alan Jones, 2017

The Wynne Prize winner is to be announced on Friday July 28th 2017.

 

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