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Ways of Seeing: Recent acquisitions from the collection

Feb 23 - 8:00 AM - Apr 22 - 5:00 PM

Art Gallery of South Australia


This display will feature recent acquisitions to the Art Gallery of South Australia collection, including prints, drawing, photography, painting, decorative arts and artist’s books.

Ways of Seeing will present for the first time Helen Frankenthaler’s Madame Butterfly, 2000, a stunning colour woodcut printed from 46 woodblocks. Frankenthaler was inspired to work in the woodcut medium after seeing ukiyo-e prints (‘pictures of the floating world’) while travelling in Japan.

Frankenthaler transformed the possibilities of the medium by creating delicate wash affects with the assistance of the American master printer, Kenneth Tyler.

Other works in the display include artist books by Ed Ruscha, prints by Fred Williams, photographs by Andreas Gursky, Bill Henson and Tracey Moffatt, and a program of moving image works donated by Rick and Jan Frolich.

Helen Frankenthaler, United States of America, 1928-2011, Yasuyuki Shibata, woodblock carver and printer, Japan, Madame Butterfly, 2000, Mount Kisco, New York, coloured woodcut from 46 woodblocks on three sheets of paper, 106.0 x 201.9 cm (image, overall); Gift of Colin and Robyn Cowan, James Darling AM, Lesley Forwood, Dr Michael and Janet Hayes, Kate Jordan Moore, Gosia Kudra Schild, Shane Le Plastrier, Joan Lyons, David and Pam McKee, Diana McLaurin, Jan Murphy and Peter Walker through the Helen Frankenthaler Appeal 2017, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Courtesy estate of the artist/Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2018.


Feb 23 - 8:00 AM
Apr 22 - 5:00 PM
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Art Gallery of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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