Masterpieces from Paris in Canberra

Probably the best exhibition I have seen in Australia (coming from a fan of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne). Masterpieces from Paris has 9 Paul Gauguins, 7 Van Goghs and 8 Cezannes. So it’s more than one or two good paintings thrown in with a bunch of weaker paintings like the usual “blockbuster” exhibition. The Van Goghs alone are worth making the effort to see the exhibition.Continue Reading

Round About Canberra + Blue Poles

Posting has been a little light lately as I have jumped in the car and just kept driving. I’m about 5 hours south from home and am freezing. I’m in the Australian Capital Territory, in the city of Canberra to see Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles: Number 11 from 1952 at the National Gallery of Australia.Continue Reading

Aboriginal Artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye

One of Australia’s most interesting painters was an old Aboriginal woman that didn’t start painting until she was about 70 and wouldn’t know a Rembrandt from a Rothko, but she painted like an angel. Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1996) only painted for a short time but was very prolific, pumping out around 3000 paintings in eight short years.

The genius of the old woman from the remote desert community of Utopia, in the Northern Territory of Australia is starting to be acknowledged at auction with her 1995 work “Earth’s Creation” selling for more than a million dollars in 2007.Continue Reading

New Van Gogh and Not a Van Gogh

I mentioned this Vincent van Gogh painting last year when experts were unsure about the authenticity of the work. It turns out that it isn’t a Van Gogh painting, nor is it a forgery.

“Gerard Vaughan, insisted after tests by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam concluded the oil-on-canvas work was not painted by the Dutch master, as believed. But Dr Vaughan made the point that it was not a forgery. “There is no evidence to suggest that someone produced this picture at a later date to pass it off as a work by Van Gogh.” Sydney Morning HeraldContinue Reading

Fake Vincent van Gogh in Australia?

The National Gallery in Melbourne, Australia may have itself an expensive fake Vincent van Gogh portrait. British experts on the Dutch master have come up with a list of inconsistencies, which point toward the work being a forgery.
Some of the things that experts were critical of were; Vincent didn’t mention it any letters, it is mounted differently to his other work, it has had the lower part of the painting (including the signature) cut off, and it’s the only horizontal portrait by Van Gogh.Continue Reading

National Gallery of Australia Kandinsky Painting

If Australia was outraged at paying $1 million for a Jackson pollock in the 70s, I can’t imagine the controversy of paying $35 million for a Wassily Kandinsky painting “Sketch for Deluge II”. The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) were thinking about buying the important work by the Russian expressionist/abstract painter. The NGA has decided the price is a bit out of their league, but would love some large benefactors to come forward and help with the purchase.Continue Reading