Prints from the 1960s and 70s
From the R. E. Nott Collection.
Including commissioned prints from from the Print Council of Australia
"In July 1966, Tate Adams opened the Crossley Gallery exclusively for prints, so implying that there was an audience for prints. It was a major breakthrough in that a gallery could exist for printmaking alone." Margaret Plant, Melbourne Printmakers, Art Bulletin of Victoria 1973/74
The prints in our current exhibition date from 1961 with Weaver Hawkins' Wrestling', through to 1979 with Rosemary Vickers' This Room No Longer Exists. The exhibition covers a period that saw the revival of printmaking in the studios and galleries of Australia, being led primarily from Melbourne with the opening of Tate Adams' Gallery.
This was also the year that the Print Council of Australia was founded in Melbourne with Dr Ursula Hoff as Director, until 1968 when she was appointed Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Victoria.
Each year from 1967, the Print Council has commissioned artists to produce an edition of prints. Fourteen of these works are represented in this exhibition.
The works all come from the collection of Ronald Emile Nott, 1914-2011, who became a Print Council committee member in the 1970s. His essay 50 Years of Australian Etching 1890-1940 was published in Imprint in1977.
A fine eye and robust interest in the historic development of printmaking in Australia ensured the integrity and quality of Mr Nott's collection and we are pleased to be able to make these works available for sale to the public, which was as he wanted.
The exhibition is current until 5th May.
All works are sold unframed, freight $25 by registered mail anywhere in Australia. Contact the gallery for more information.
Big Rain Comes Dancing to the Earth 1969
Colour lift-ground etching and drypoint
30 x 45 cm