HISTORICAL + MODERN ART
Landmark partnership between WA and the US
An exciting partnership between the Art Gallery of WA, Chicago-based Terra Foundation for American Art and the University of Western Australia sees fifteen American landscape paintings shown in the context of their Australian counterparts.
Continents apart, yet influenced by the same global artistic trends, this exhibition highlights the cross-pollination of ideas and influences, exploring the referential artistic practices intrinsic to the development of art movements across the centuries.
Accompanied by an undergraduate course at the University of Western Australia and symposium at AGWA, this display strikes up new conversations between the US and Australia, and takes the longstanding partnership between UWA and AGWA in a new and exciting direction.
Download a description of the artworks on display in Continental Shift here
1-2pm, Sunday 31 July
Topic: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting: A Cultural History
Speaker: Peter John Brownlee
Hear from Curator PJ Brownlee of the Terra Foundation for American Art, as part of the opening weekend of Continental Shift.
This lecture surveys major developments in the evolution of landscape painting in the United States with a comparative eye to concurrent developments in Australia. Analysing key works by major artists, the talk will explore themes and trends in American art and cultural history, including the emergence and aesthetics of landscape tourism, urbanisation and industrialisation, westward expansion and removal of Indigenous peoples, and the scientific and philosophical preoccupations of landscape painting after 1850.
AGWA Talks | FREE
2pm, Sunday 25 September
Topic: Styles of Expeditionary Landscape: Picturing the Rocky Mountain West, 1819-20
Speaker: Professor Kenneth Haltman, Art History, University of Oklahoma
AGWA Talks | FREE
11am, Sunday 9 October
Topic: Seeing Nature, Knowing the World, or, Why Paint a Landscape?
Speaker: Associate Professor Rachael Z. DeLue, American Art, Princeton University
Why paint a landscape? This lecture considers how artists from various time periods and regions approached the representation of nature as a unique way of seeing and understanding the world. Examples from America, Australia, and Europe demonstrate how translating nature into pictorial form-as a geographer would through topographic surveys and maps-provided artists and their audiences with a way of deriving profound meaning from nature's infinitely varied and complex phenomena and forms.
Including Continental Shift
11am-12pm, Thursdays (No tours 22 & 29 Dec)
1-2pm, Fridays in Jan & Feb
A wide-ranging tour of works from the State Art Collection looking at the ways artists at different times and with different points of view have approached landscapes as a subject for their work. The guides will include works from the State Art Collection and Continental Shift.
Art Snack (lunch time tour)
12.15-12.45pm, Wednesdays (No tours 21 & 28 Dec)
Take One Landscape - one artist one work
12-12.30pm, Sundays (No tour 1 Jan) in Jan & Feb
27–28 September 2016, bookings essential
An international symposium organised by the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Art, University of Western Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia and The Terra Foundation for American Art.
A two-day symposium with leading scholars from America, Australia and Europe will provide innovative intercultural exchange on aesthetic and environmental issues prompted by thirty original American and Australian c19 landscape paintings brought together in Continental Shift an exhibition from the collections of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Visit this page to register, download the program, view speakers and topics.
This exhibition is a collaboration between the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the University of Western Australia and the Terra Foundation for American Art, which is also recognised for its generous support.
Eugene Von Guèrard
Mt William from Mt Dryden, Victoria 1857
61.5 x 91.5 cm (sight), 76.2 x 106 cm (framed)
James Haughton Forrest
John La Farge