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Title

Study for 'Fort-forms torn by sky quakes'

1985

Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008

  • Details

    Date
    1985
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    charcoal on ivory wove paper
    Dimensions
    30.5 x 45.8 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., charcoal "Gleeson 18.8.85".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2001
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    168.2001
    Copyright
    © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

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    Gleeson visited Bolivia twice, in 1971 and 1973. During the latter trip he made a crossing of Lake Titicaca, a remote and highly elevated lake in the Andes, which is the basis for this surrealist landscape.

    'Sky quakes - nature in turmoil. Fort forms suggest there was human activity and now nature is pulling it apart ... Places like Bolivia - Titicaca - gave me an extraordinary feeling of remoteness in time of some civilisation. That Andes experience may have influenced this. Infinitely remote in time and place - yet at the same time something eternal ...', Gleeson quoted in Renée Free's unpublished catalogue of James Gleeson's work.

    Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 89.

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