Tuesday, 6 January 2009

rosalie gascoigne

How is it possible that I didn't know about NZ-Australian artist Rosalie Gascoigne (1917-1999) until I saw her exhibition at the NGV today? All afternoon I've been asking myself if I have been living under a rock (this is, of course, very possible). Just look at all this gorgeous work!
Her story is truly inspiring. Self taught as an artist, she had her first exhibition at the age of 57 and then went on to become the first female artist to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1974.

If you live in Melbourne you can see this wonderful exhibition of her work until 15th March.

15 comments:

  1. Your pics look amazing. How did you swing taking pics in the NGV, I thought that was a big No No. I'm seeing Monet's work at the Art Gallery of NSW this weekend and will trawl a few other favourite gallery spots. I can't wait.

    Thanks for the comments on my thoughts re parenting. I agree about the guff stuff. I reckon Syliva Plath and Joy Hester could have told us so much more about what they felt about parenting but they were so derided for their decisions to abandon the role of mother. I wish I could get in their heads and have met both of them. The Heide circle fascinates me.

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  2. I asked the gallery staff if I could take photographs and they said yes as long as I didn't use a flash. When I was in NY it was acceptable too in all the big museums and galleries. Cool huh?

    I wish Sylvia had lived longer so I she could write more amazing books.

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  3. wow. she was an amazing artist. thanks for sharing that with us! I am going to go and check the exhibition out this week now.

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  4. You're so welcome raspberryswirl! Enjoy the exhibition.

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  5. Oh My Goodness, such fantastic shots. We are planning a special trip across the pond to see this exhibition, along with Andreas Gursky as they are 2 of our all time fav artists. Yipppeee.

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  6. Oh cool D&D, you're going to love this! Hopefully you can also see the Greenhouse at Fed Sq before it leaves.

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  7. have been a big fan of RGs road sign and corrugated iron collage work for a long time.
    didn't know about all this other work of hers though.
    amazing diversity.
    great photos.
    she's certainly up there in my top 10 list.

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  8. Thank you again for your kind words and support. I'll be doing more printmaking too, so will be looking to you for advice.

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  9. Hello again, I keep going back to your RG shots for another sneak peek - would you mind if I used them on my blog and linked back to you? Dora x

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  10. D&D - go for it. I don't mind at all!

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  11. i am so planning to go!
    i love, love, love her work.
    so glad you stumbled upon her - she rocks.

    kirsten @ assemblage

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  12. I don't know how I missed that she was having an exhibition! I love her stuff. I think I might have to plan a day out and see hers and then pop over to NGV International for Andreas Gursky.

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  13. I love her stuff. She is so diverse. I love her signage collage work as well. Kids love her artwork as well. She is a popular choice in NSW primary schools to study.

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  14. I am dilly about Rosalie's work. These are wonderful photos, thank you.

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