Modern Masters brighten up the walls of the Art Gallery of Western Australia (big time)

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It was a pleasure to be invited to the first walk-through of a sensational exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) recently. Now, I’ve seen exhibitions of artworks by Picasso and Warhol in their own right, but to see some of the most astonishing works of these two masters of modern art, along with 12 others, in one grand display is indeed a thrill.

Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters opened at AGWA last week and is the third in a series of six exhibitions on display exclusively in Perth over the next three years. Other prominent artists whose infamous works feature include Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Fernand Léger and Joan Miró.

At the opening were AGWA Director, Stefano Carboni, along with Glenn D. Lowry, the Director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (pictured, below). Kudos must go to both these gentlemen for locking minds in deciding wisely just what pieces would work best in representing the world’s most subversive modern artists.

Also at the opening were Tourism WA CEO, Stephanie Buckland, and WA’s Minister for Culture and the Arts, John Day, along with a host of prominent media.

Said John Day, “The first two Great Collections of the World exhibitions offered West Australians a unique opportunity to experience internationally-renowned [works of art] and I know expectations are justifiably high for this third instalment.”

He needn’t worry as most in attendance would agree this to be one of the most vivid international collections the city has seen, and a sign for even greater things to come. Bring on instalments four, five and six, quick sticks!

 

Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters runs at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from June 16 to December 3. Admission is $19 for adults, $16 concessions. For more information visit www.momaseries.com.au.  

 

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AGWA Director Stefano Carboni (left) and MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry, keeping their eyes on some of modern art’s most precious works. Photograph by Antonino Tati.

 

(Artwork at top of story:)

Andy Warhol

(American, 1928-1987)

Self-Portrait, 1966

Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on nine canvases, each canvas 22 ½ x 22 ½”, overall 67 5/8 x 67 5/8”

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Gift of Philip Johnson

© 2012 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

Jasper Johns

(American, born 1930)

Map, 1961

Oil on canvas

6’6” x 10’3 1/8”

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Gift of Mr and Mrs Robert C. Scull

© Jasper Johns / Gemini G.E.L. / Licensed by Viscopy

 

Henri Matisse

(French, 1869-1954)

Goldfish and Sculpture, spring-summer 1912

Oil on canvas

46 x 39 5/8”

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Kay Sage Tanguy and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Funds

© Succession H. Matisse / Licensed by Viscopy

 

Pablo Picasso

(Spanish, 1881-1973)

Seated Bather, early 1930

Oil on canvas

64 ¼ x 51”

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Mrs Simon Guggenheim Fund

© Pablo Picasso. Succession Picasso / Licensed by Viscopy

 

Giorgio de Chirico

(Italian, born Greece, 1888-1978)

The Song of Love, Paris, June-July 1914

Oil on canvas

28 ¾ x 23 3/8”

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest

© 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

 

Joan Miró

(Spanish, 1893-1983)

Person Throwing a Stone at a Bird, 1926

Oil on canvas

29 x 36 ¼”

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Purchase

© Successió Miró. ADAGP + Miro / Licensed by Viscopy

 

Piet Mondrian

(Dutch, 1872-1944)

Trafalgar Square, 1939-43

Oil on canvas

57 ¼ x 47 ¼”

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Gift of Mr and Mrs William A. M. Burden

© Mondrian/Holtzman Trust. Beeldrecht / Licensed by Viscopy