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Discovering Dobell a showcase of early Australian modern art
The Discovering Dobell exhibition at TarraWarra is yet another example of a thoughtfully curated tribute to an Australian artist.
Curator Christopher Heathcote has assembled some of Dobell's most iconic works,and put them together in a coherent chronological configuration. Included in the exhibition are some recently discovered ball point pen on paper abstracts that look like the telephone-talk doodlings of a Da Vinci. (Erm, if phones and ballpoints had been around in the 15th century.)
William Dobell's notoriety as the controversial winner of the1943 Archibald Prize should not be allowed to overshadow his artistic achievements, nor his importance to the Australian modern art scene. The portrait of Joshua Smith that landed Dobell in so much trouble was on display in all its light-and-brown hued glory...
as was the universally admired portrait of cosmetics queen Helena Rubinstein.
Portrait of Helena Rubinstein
In a rare speech by philanthropist Marc Besen at the exhibition launch, he described Dobell and his contemporary Russell Drysdale as 'the apotheosis of Australian modern art' who 'showed us the way.'Dobell's circle of friends including Lloyd Rees, Ralph Balson, John Olsen and Jeffrey Smart are also represented in the exhibition.