Art Gallery of WA launches 2017 exhibition program
Two significant new Antony Gormley sculptures unveiled
Australia's only showing of US sneaker exhibit
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today unveiled two new works by acclaimed international artist Antony Gormley at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), as part of the Gallery's 2017 program launch.
At one-and-a-half times life-size, the steel sculptures, Big Pluck 2 and Big Yield, will greet visitors at the main entrance to the Gallery. These acquisitions were enabled through funds donated by John Rodgers, AGWA Foundation patron and son of a former AGWA board member.
Speaking at the unveiling of the works, Mr Day acknowledged the gifts as a wonderful addition to the State Art Collection.
"It is a magnificent statement that reflects the renewed interest leading West Australians are taking in their State's Art Gallery," he said.
Gormley is one of the world leading sculptors, best known in Australia for his installation, Inside Australia, which comprises 51 sculptures on Lake Ballard, Menzies.
Alongside these extraordinary sculptures, the Gallery revealed a program which includes a new contemporary strand called, Culture Juice, featuring the only Australian presentation of the highly popular exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture organised by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum.
In collaboration with the Western Australian Museum, the exhibition Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures, will celebrate Perth-born film legend Heath Ledger and will be a particular highlight of the Culture Juice program.
2017 will mark some significant milestones, with the 15th anniversary of the respected national glass award, the Tom Malone Prize, and the 25th anniversary of the highly popular Year 12 Perspectives.
After a successful partnership in 2016, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture will return to the Gallery in 2017 as part of a three-year agreement with founder ARTrinsic Inc, while in July 2017, AGWA will open a dedicated gallery for showcasing indigenous art from the State Art Collection, as part of a major focus on indigenous art.
Welcoming the program, the Minister said the Art Gallery had developed a strong and diverse 2017 program which would see national and international exhibitions alongside local favourites.
"The Art Gallery's continued focus on West Australian artists, along with strong partnerships and programming will give audiences a richly rewarding experience at the Gallery in 2017," he said.
Mr Day also congratulated Andrew Forrest and Michael Anghie on their reappointments today to the board of the Art Gallery of WA.
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