McPhee art leaves lasting impression

RENOWNED Australian curator John McPhee yesterday wrapped up a month-long exhibition at the Tweed River Art Gallery.

Great Collections featured some of New South Wales' most important cultural items, including Jurassic-period fish specimens, Captain Cook's sextant, an Arthur Streeton painting and bushranger Captain Moonlight's death mask, along with major contemporary artworks.

The Murwillumbah gallery was privileged to be one of only five places to display the road show.

Mr McPhee described his exhibition as falling into the following categories: making a collection; exploration and discover; collecting history; and collecting for the future.

“This exhibition of rare and splendid objects, scientific specimens, items associated with the history of Australia, works of art, and some curiosities, has been assembled to give an idea of the nature of these institutions, the collections they hold and the pleasure, and indeed the fun, that goes into collecting,” Mr McPhee said.

Mr McPhee delved into the collections of eight premier institutions in NSW to assemble the superb collection of works, ranging from prints by Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and Albrecht Durer to photographs by Max Dupain, David Moore and Olive Cotton and paintings by Russell Drysdale and Brett Whiteley.

Textile works by Marion Best, sculptures by Ron Mueck and Joseph Beuys and cultural treasures such as a plant specimen collected by Sir Joseph Banks, documents from Miles Franklin and Patrick White, plans by Walter Burley Griffin, and a selection of Aboriginal artefacts added to this great collection.



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