Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 - Art Gallery of Ballarat
Forthcoming exhibitions including:
The Rick Amor Drawing Prize Exhibition: 25 September to 7 November.
The Catalano Collection: 9 October to 5 December
Network by The Littlest Forum: 11 December to end January 2011

The eagerly anticipated announcement of the inaugural Rick Amor Drawing Prize will be made at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on 24 September.

The award announcement will be followed by a six-week exhibition of nearly 80 works chosen from the 625 entries to the prize. The winning entry will become part of the rich collection of drawings held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

The $10,000 acquisitive prize for a small drawing is being judged by artist Paul Boston, who was the winner of the 1991 John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize.

The Rick Amor Drawing Prize Exhibition is one of four free exhibitions hosted by the Art Gallery of Ballarat from August 2010 through to end January 2011.

The Catalano Collection - 9 October to 5 December

Garry Catalano was one of Australia’s best known and controversial art critics until his untimely death from cancer in 2003. Aside from his intelligent and perceptive reviews of art exhibitions, he is also remembered as a gifted poet and writer on aesthetics.

Artists may not necessarily have agreed with what Catalano had to say about them. But generally speaking they took notice of what he had to say. Catalano had a very clear perception of the directions that contemporary art was taking and he loathed what he saw as trendy fads in the visual arts.

Over nearly 30 years it is not surprising that such an individual should build up a collection of his own.

In 2007 Catalano’s widow, Helen Hewitt, gifted the entire collection to the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

2010 marks the first time that the entire collection will be presented together. The show includes a veritable roll call of artists from the 60s to the late 90s – Rick Amor, Peter Booth, Paul Boston, David Keeling, Lynne Boyd, Elizabeth Gower, Mirka Mora, Rosie Weiss.

Many of the 80 works are small scale because they were destined for a domestic environment.

Gallery Director Gordon Morrison says: “This exhibition gives people a chance to see a very personal collection of a very interesting art critic.”

Network by The Littlest Forum: 11 December to end January 2011

Network is a cross section of contemporary art through the work of 38 artists who are members of an online forum for professional contemporary visual artists, “The Littlest Forum.”

The exhibition showcases the diversity of artists who utilise the Internet as a vital tool in their artistic careers, if not directly in their artistic practice.

While much has been made of digital technologies as new mediums to work in, the reality is that digital technology is having a profound impact on artists’ practice from documentation and presentation of work, promoting and selling, but also, as is apparent in this exhibition, in establishing and maintaining connections with other artists.

The underlying theme ‘Community and Isolation: the paradox of an artistic life’ is reflective of an artist’s life which often veers between intense periods of seclusion and periods of reaching out for contact and dialogue.

The artists in this exhibition cover a wide range of practice and backgrounds, not bound by any particular ideal or manifesto, coming together through the Internet to create their own artistic community.

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Art Gallery of Ballarat

Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard (North) St, Ballarat 3350.
9am – 5pm
Admission: Free to all exhibitions
Public inquiries: 03 5320 5858
Website: www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au
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P: 03 9818 8540
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