Displays From The State Art Collection
Your Collection 1800 - today
Our most important asset is the State Art Collection. Your Collection is the leading public art collection in the State, with many areas of acknowledged excellence, including Western Australian art, Modern British art and Indigenous art. The many highlights of the inspiring art in the Your Collection displays are presented across all ground floor galleries in both the Centenary Galleries and the main Gallery building. The displays are chronologically arranged from the 1800s to today.
Your Collection 1800 – 1920; Here and There highlights a time of great artistic and social change, and the works on display represent the era's major artistic movements, including Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism and Symbolism. Located in the Centenary Galleries and includes works by Hans Heysen, Frederick McCubbin and Auguste Rodin.
Your Collection 1920 – 1960; Many Modernisms presents a rich array of Australian and
international works from the modern period after World War I. Many of the works by artists such
as Paul Nash, Henry Moore, Giorgio Morandi, Stanley Spencer, Albert Tucker, Winifred Nicholson,
Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith are icons in the State Art Collection.
Moyes Bay, Beaumaris 1887
oil on canvas
58.6 x 91.6 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased with funds from the Great Australian Paintings Appeal with funds presented by the Swan Brewery Company Ltd, 1978
Your Collection 1960 – 1980; Anything Goes, similarly brings together a wide range of Western Australian, national and international art mirroring a period renown for eclecticism. The legacy of Modernism is still apparent but is energised by the emergence of Pop art, Conceptual art and more. This display features Indigenous art, which rose to national prominence during this period as fine examples of material culture produced across Australia began to be appreciated for their artistic innovation. Some of the artists featured include Jenny Watson, Barbara Hepworth, Kaapa Tjampitjinpa and Alec Mingelmanganu.
Your Collection 1980 – today; Expanding Fields Presents an array of abstract and figurative painting, sculpture, video and design, art shaped by the impact of instantaneous global communication, post-modernism, changing political orders, and environmental politics. Each work emerges from this dynamic and diverse background as artists engage with local and global issues, ideas and aesthetics. Some of the major artists displayed include Rover Thomas, Ken Unsworth, Sally Gabori and Max Pam.
Free Wesfarmers Arts Walk-in Tours of Your Collection run at 11am & 1pm, Wed-Sun.
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Gorilla, gorilla, gorilla 2006
wood veneers, nylon
24.2 x 18 x 32cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia Purchased with funds from the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, 2006
© James Angus 2006