24 Aug 2018 to 11 Nov 2018
Drawn exclusively from the National Gallery of Australian’s outstanding collection of American art, American Masters celebrates that nation’s artists from the1940s to the 1980s.
From Abstract Expressionism, Colour Field, Pop, Neo-Dada and Photo-Realism, to Conceptual, Land and Performance Art, American Masters examines how a generation of young Americans challenged local traditions and reinvented modern art, inspired by European émigrés including Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian and Josef Albers. This exhibition tells the story of the formation of our incredible American collection and includes many major works not seen together for a long time.
The sensational international impact of the era’s major artists is captured in masterpieces by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois.Highlights include paintings and works on paper by the New York School, including Sol LeWitt’s huge Wall drawing No. 380 a-d 1982, specially re-made for this exhibition, and a selection of spectacular light works by Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Keith Sonnier and James Turrell.