Bravo Kate. We salute you.
In the Bennett Gallery there is an exhibition that raises the question: What is Art and how do we recognize it? No doubt some of the exhibits are artistic but how much Art is contained therein is the question. This is not a problem isolated to this exhibition. What is considered Art meanders sometimes off on its own journey and this is one example? This is a conundrum for all art galleries. Do we accept that art is moving in this direction and show it as art? Or do we keep showing old work that has been accepted as art? And not show anything new. Unfortunately it takes time before time sorts out what is art and what isn’t.
In the Ledger Gallery we are fortunate to have the Brett Whitely exhibition curated by Wendy Whitely. It is fair to say that these are not Brett’s best pictures and some of them show evidence of the colours fading. But this is a small criticism. The exhibition is a coup for the Gallery. Whitely was greatly talented and all his art is accessible and pleasing to the eye. He was able produce his own style and to also incorporate many influences into his art. He did capture the mood and atmosphere of his time. He produced paintings that were meant to be appreciated by others. Whitely had the ability to be one of Australia’s great artists and it is unfortunate his life was cut short before he could produce his best work. This exhibition however does give an indication of his great tale. It is worth spending some time in the Gallery contemplating and reflecting on Whiteley’s Art.