the abstract sublime
Explores the work and legacy of one of the Australia’s earliest and most influential abstract expressionist artists
In the 1960s and 70s, Tony Tuckson (1921–73) was better known as an arts administrator with a passionate interest in Aboriginal and Melanesian art and culture. He worked as a curator and also served as deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Today, he is renowned as the country’s pre-eminent abstract expressionist painter.
Including over 80 paintings and works on paper, ranging from the late 1950s to early 1970s, this exhibition will explore the spectacular development and diversity of Tuckson’s art, from his early calligraphic style of mark-making to the sensuous and sweeping veils of paint of his late works that one critic referred to as Tuckson’s own formula for the sublime. It will also highlight his extraordinary contribution to abstraction in Australia.
Nov 2018 – Feb 2019