Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions

Art, Galleries The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia , Melbourne Friday August 31 2018 - Monday January 28 2019
 (Brett Whiteley 'Christie and Hectorina McLennan' 1964−65, © Wendy Whiteley)
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Brett Whiteley 'Christie and Hectorina McLennan' 1964−65, © Wendy Whiteley
 (George Baldessin 'Performance (Variation 2)' 1971, © The Estate of George Baldessin)
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George Baldessin 'Performance (Variation 2)' 1971, © The Estate of George Baldessin
 (George Baldessin 'The hat' 1967, © The Estate of George Baldessin )
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George Baldessin 'The hat' 1967, © The Estate of George Baldessin
 (Brett Whiteley 'Interior with time past' 1976, © Wendy Whiteley)
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Brett Whiteley 'Interior with time past' 1976, © Wendy Whiteley
 (Brett Whiteley 'Sacred baboon' 1975, © Wendy Whiteley)
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Brett Whiteley 'Sacred baboon' 1975, © Wendy Whiteley
 (George Baldessin 'Personage and factory smoke' 1974, © Estate of George Baldessin)
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George Baldessin 'Personage and factory smoke' 1974, © Estate of George Baldessin

See the parallels between two hugely influential Australian artists at this NGV exhibition

George Baldessin and Brett Whiteley were both born in 1939, achieved meteoric success in their respective cities of Melbourne and Sydney, and died tragically young. Yet the similarities don’t stop there. In the most comprehensive exhibition of both artists in more than 20 years, the National Gallery of Victoria explores the parallels between the two artists and the ways in which their provocative and expressive approach to the human figure created work with a distinctly Australian sensibility.

Featuring more than 120 works,it includes such masterpieces as Whiteley’s 20-metre long painting The American Dream (1968-69), as well as five of Baldessin’s Pears sculptures (1971-72) and his acclaimed MM of Rue St Denis (1976) drawings.

By: Polly Simons

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Venue name: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
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Address: Federation Square
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Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Transport: Nearby stations: Flinders Street
Price: $10-$18
Event website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/baldessin-whiteley/
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