Saturday 22 August 2015

BRAG 200x200

Recently I went along to the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery to see their BRAG 200x200 exhibition. This exhibition showcased 200 artworks from the gallery's permanent collection to mark the 200th anniversary of the proclamation of Bathurst. The exhibition included paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, installations and new media works.

It was really fabulous. It's a shame that galleries can only ever display a fraction of their collection at any time. Founded in 1955 BRAG now have a collection of more than 2,000 pieces, which are valued at more than 8.6 million dollars.

Somewhat surprisingly there was a big spectacular James Gleeson as the first thing you saw as you entered. I do love his work, although I realise they all look somewhat like disembowelings and so aren't for everyone. 

The Coast Near Coolum Augmented by a Recollection of Mazzepa 1985
James Gleeson
Grace Cossington-Smith is another favourite. Also an immediately recognisable style. But prettier than Gleeson, with more universal appeal, even if many of them seem to be variations on a theme, or the same room.

Open Doorway 1960
Grace Cossington-Smith
The People's Choice award of the exhibition was a rather enchanting still life.

Iceland Poppies
Archibald Marriott-Woodhouse
Each room had quite a different feel and something of interest.

Native's Chest 2010
Danie Mellor

I've seen these pencil sculptures before. They're very cool. 

The Amorphous Ones (the unending novelty of liberated sensation) 2008
Lionel Bawden

Many of the works had a distinctively Australian feel.

Cherries 2008
Amanda Penrose-Hart

Riverside, Bridle Track 1983
Graham Lupp

Petit Testament (verse three) 2003
Garry Shead

Modern art isn't my thing so much.

I'm not sure that I even classify welded
shopping trolleys as art...

The exhibition has sadly closed but BRAG always has something interesting on show.

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
70-78 Keppel Street
Tues - Sat 10 - 5
Sun 11 - 2
Closed Monday

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Jackie McGuinness said...

Love art galleries even the weird stuff like the shopping carts. My favourite is Cherries.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I usually make it to an art gallery at least once a year. Not this year, somehow. Happy I can vicariously experience an art gallery today. Thanks, Louise.

Brona said...

I haven't been to BRAG for years, but I've seen some wonderful exhibitions there at different times. This reminds me that I should visit Mum and dad again soon.... when the worse of the cold weather is done though ;-)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful exhibition. It's interesting that your photos are like filtered in a sepia light. Thanks for sharing them.

Sherrie said...

Loved the tour, thanks for sharing.
Have a great day!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing...I enjoyed the Open Doorway...and even the weird things are interesting.


Susan said...

What a wonderful event! Thanks for the peek!

Ginx Craft said...

I love art galleries, and do sort of think the trollies are great.

Joy said...

Great that they were able to use an anniversary to display a variety of objects, especially ones with Australian feel.

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