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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) are celebrating two Australian artists in the exhibition Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions which will be on display at the Ian Potter Centre from 31 August, 2018 to 28 January, 2019.
George Baldessin and Brett Whiteley were both born in 1939 – and in the 1960s and 1970s, they experienced meteoric success in their respective cities of Melbourne and Sydney. Tragically, both artists also died young.
George Baldessin - Pears (yellow version). Image supplied by National Gallery of Victoria.
Featuring over 120 rare and important works, Parallel Visions is the most comprehensive display of works by each artist.
Some of the highlights include Whiteley's magnus opus The American dream, the painting spans over 20 metres in length created in response to his time in New York City, which is on loan from the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The exhibition will also feature Baldessin's MM of Rue St Denis series, which transposes the Christian figure of Mary Magdalene into the streets of Paris.
Brett Whiteley - My armchair. Image supplied by National Gallery of Victoria.
Also on display are Baldessin's Pears 1971–72, five large-scale pear sculptures will be on display, three of which have been newly cast especially for this exhibition. Whiteley's provocative and career-defining Christie series, 1965, which explored the crimes and psyche of convicted British murderer John Christie.
If you would like to view the works of two giants of Australia art visit Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria from 31 August, 2018 to 28 January, 2019.