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Title

Study for 'The arrival of implacable gifts'


Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008


About

"We often wish for things, that if the wish were granted, it would be detrimental for us. The gift would overawe us. If we get the gift it could dominate or wreck our real life. It occurred to me that this idea was linked up with the Cargo Cult. Primitive people thought gifts would come from the sky, dropped from silver-winged birds. These gifts would make life easy, fulfil their heart's desire. So often these gifts turn out to be anything but beneficent. So I thought of a sky like a stormy sea where incoming gifts are deposited like wreckage on people underneath, including me - right under the fallout. The sea deposits all these things that were longed for, that turn out to be things that bind us or even destroy us."
- James Gleeson 1986

Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000


Details


Date

1985


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

charcoal on white wove Arches paper


Dimensions

56.8 x 76.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, charcoal "Gleeson 31.1.85".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1985


Location

Not on display


Accession number

407.1985


Artist information

James Gleeson

Works in the collection

479


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Revealing drawings: ideas that were turned into monumental paintings', pg. 22-26, Sydney, Mar 2003, 26 (illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 126 (illus.). cat.no. 124

Hendrik Kolenberg, Contemporary Australian drawings: from the collection, Sydney, 1992, illus.. cat.no. 22

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The enduring image', pg. 265-266, Sydney, 2000, 280 (illus.), 300.

Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, 'Refined Destruction! Dainty Horror!', pg. 19-28, Sydney, 2003, 23, 86 (colour illus.), 87. cat.no. 35