the abstract sublime

17 Nov 2018 – 17 Feb 2019

Location: Contemporary galleries

Free admission

Explores the work and legacy of one of Australia’s most significant and influential abstract expressionist artists

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Tony Tuckson (1921–73) was better known as an arts administrator with a passionate interest in Aboriginal and Melanesian art and culture. He worked as a curator and also served as deputy director of the Art Gallery of NSW. Today, he is renowned as the country’s pre-eminent abstract expressionist painter.

Including around 70 paintings and works on paper, ranging from the late 1950s to early 1970s, this exhibition will explore the spectacular development and diversity of Tuckson’s art, from his early calligraphic style of mark-making to the sensuous and sweeping veils of paint of his late works that one critic referred to as Tuckson’s own formula for the sublime. It will highlight Tuckson’s distinct contribution to abstract art in Australia.

The associated book will be available from the Gallery Shop and online, and bookstores nationally and internationally.

Free admission

Image: Tony Tuckson White lines (vertical) on ultramarine 1970-73 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Estate of the artist. Licensed by Copyright Agency