A panorama is a wide angle view or representation of a physical space, whether in painting, drawing, photography, film or seismic images. For this exhibition, the term panorama will create a context for how artists see the landscape – not simply as a depiction of it, but also an evocation of the layers of history within it.
The term panorama will also be used to understand the broader question of TarraWarra Museum of Art itself – its panoramic views, and its site in the Yarra Valley. Taking advantage of the tremendous depth and strength of the Museum’s collection, both stages of the exhibition, curated by TWMA Director Victoria Lynn and Curator Anthony Fitzpatrick – will explore alternative themes in the selection of landscapes displayed.
Part One (continues to 15 May 2016)
The exhibition will begin with outstanding works by artists who redefined the way Australians ‘see’ the landscape: Russell Drysdale, Sidney Nolan, Lloyd Rees, Brett Whiteley and Fred Williams. It then explores contemporary manifestations of the landscape tradition through the work of Daniel Boyd, Stephen Bush, Rosalie Gascoigne, Danie Mellor, Ben Quilty and Imants Tillers.
Part Two (19 May – 31 July 2016)
The exhibition will consider the psychological and emotional power of place that has been evoked by artists such as Peter Booth, Arthur Boyd, Janet Dawson, Godfrey Miller, John Olsen, William Robinson, Tim Storrier, Ken Whisson and Philip Wolfhagen.
Judy Watson has been invited to create a specially commissioned new work for the North Gallery for the duration of the Panorama exhibition – where she will respond to the Museum’s location in the Yarra Valley. Watson’s Aboriginal matrilineal family are from Waanyi country in north-west Queensland. Her process lies in revealing hidden stories within Country, working from site and memory, revealing Indigenous histories, following lines of emotional and physical topography that centre on particular places and moments in time.
Watson co-represented Australia in the 1997 Venice Biennale, was awarded the Moët & Chandon Fellowship in 1995, the National Gallery of Victoria’s Clemenger Award in 2006 and, in the same year, the Works on Paper Award at the 23rd National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award. In 2011 her exhibition waterline was presented at the Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC. In 2012 she exhibited in the Sydney Biennale and in 2015 was the recipient of the Australia Council Visual Arts Award.
TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville
Exhibition continues to 31 July 2016
Admission fees apply
For more information, visit: www.twma.com.au for details
Image: James Morrison, The great Tasmanian wars (detail – 2 of 55 panels) 2004, Oil on canvas – TarraWarra Museum of Art collection.