Issue 161 | August 2012
Sydney Long | Carol Jerrems | Members news | Events | Recipe
01 Sydney LongThe Spirit of the land

Sydney Long is Australia’s foremost Art Nouveau painter, much loved for his paintings of the Australian bush populated by mythological figures.  From the late 1890s he developed his unique vision of the Australian landscape.

In some of his most admired images, such as The Spirit of the plains 1897, Pan 1898 and Flamingoes c.1905-06, Long created haunting images of the Australian landscape with musical qualities. Seeking imagery which conveyed the ‘lonely and primitive feelings (of the landscape) of this country’, he captured the soul and tenor of the Australian bush.

Sydney Long: the Spirit of the land will be on display from 17 August to 11 November 2012.  Tickets are available through Ticketek and the NGA front desk.

(above) Sydney Long 'Fantasy' 1916-17 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 1971 Reproduced with the kind permission of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia

This is the first major survey of Long’s work for over thirty years, exploring in depth the best of his paintings, watercolours and prints.  Works are drawn from State galleries all around Australia, as well as from numerous private lenders and the NGA’s own collection.

Sydney Long is proudly supported by Maddocks law firm as Exhibition Partner, the National Gallery of Australia Council Exhibitions Fund, Supporting Partner Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, Accommodation Partner The Brassey Hotel of Canberra, Media Partners The Canberra Times and WIN Television and Beverage Partners Moët Hennessy and Coopers.


Video: Sydney Long's 'Flamingoes' c.1907 | More NGA videos

02 Carol
Jerrems Photographic artist 1968�1978

Carol Jerrems occupies a unique place as the best known art photographer from the generation of politicised youth of the 1970s. Her gritty, poetic and elusive images show people trying to find a new way of life and action, and have come to define a decade in Australia's history.

In contrast to an earlier generation of internationally renowned magazine photojournalists such as David Moore, the new generation did not seek commissioned commercial or magazine work and took instead a low key intimate approach. They adopted a diaristic personal-documentary style of imagery focussed on themselves and their own, mostly urban, environments. Jerrems put her camera where the counter culture suggested; women's liberation, social justice for formerly invisible or disadvantaged groups such as street youths and Indigenous people living in the inner city. 

Jerrems largely worked in portraiture, capturing later legendary musicians, writers and artists such as Red Symons, Shirley Strahan, Anne Summers and Judy Morris alongside Melbourne youths and urban Aboriginal communities.

Carol Jerrems was the first contemporary Australian woman photographer to have work acquired by a number of museums including the NGA. The Gallery holds an extensive archive of Jerrems photographs and film work gifted by the artist’s mother Joy Jerrems in 1983. Carol Jerrems: Photographic artist 1968–1978 opens on 25 August and concentrates on prints signed or formally exhibited by Carol Jerrems in her lifetime dating from 1968-1978.

Join us on September 8 and 9 for a weekend forum, including screenings, talks and events focusing on Carol Jerrems's achievements and legacy.

Saturday 8 September
9.30am – 5.00 pm
$60 $50 members/students/ concession

Sunday 9 September
11.00am – 2.00 pm FREE

For more information visit the NGA website.

Carol Jerrems 'Outback Press' 1974 (detail) Gift of Mrs Joy Jerrems 1981 © Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

03 Members news

Members are invited to join us to celebrate Sydney Long: the Spirit of the land with our upcoming curator’s dinner on 14 September. Anna Gray, exhibition curator, will discuss the exhibition followed by an exclusive viewing and a three course dinner in Gandel Hall.  Book online here or by phoning the membership office. Sydney Long is proudly supported by Maddocks law firm as Exhibition Partner.

The Brassey Hotel of Canberra as Accommodation Partner of Sydney Long is offering Members attending the Sydney Long Curator’s dinner a special accommodation offer of $199 per night in a premium Heritage Room, including a full buffet breakfast. For more information contact The Brassey on (02) 6273 3766. All bookings are subject to availability.

The members winter book club meeting will be held on Wednesday 29 August with places still available.  The book this season is Modigliani: a life by Meryl Secrest.  There is a special discount of 20% available in the NGA bookshop on this title.  To book your place for the meeting please click here

We have been busy preparing for this year’s Melbourne Cup Lunch to be held once again in Gandel Hall on Tuesday 6 November.  Hosted by ABC’s Ross Solly and showcasing works from the National Collection, it will be an event not to be missed. Make sure you keep an eye out for more details coming soon.

(image) Members Melbourne Cup Lunch 2011

04 Event
highlights Go to calendar
for all events


05 Pollock
and Krasner
Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism is the term used to describe the gestural abstraction that dominated painting after World War II. The style emphasises spontaneity and intuition, and was not based on the geometry that had underpinned much earlier abstract art. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner are two of the painters most closely associated with Abstract Expressionism. Their work captures the rebelliousness and emotional intensity of this period.

Jackson Pollock 'Totem lesson 2' 1945 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra © Pollock/Krasner Foundation/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy

(banner image) Lee Krasner 'Combat' 1965 (detail) Felton Bequest, 1992
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
© Lee Krasner/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy

(right) Lee Krasner 'Untitled' 1953 Purchased 1983 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
© Lee Krasner/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy

Pollock assimilated aspects of indigenous cultures into his work. Totem lesson 2 1945, and some of his early drawings, reflect the contemporary enthusiasm for American Indian art. The ritual practice of sand images, according to the artist, was a factor that led to his drip works, painted on canvases laid flat on the floor. Blue poles 1952 reveals Pollock’s expressive spontaneity, which allowed him to bypass the constraints of Western artistic tradition.

Krasner was a mature artist when she and Pollock met in 1941; they married in 1945. She had studied under Hans Hofmann in the late 1930s, establishing a strong reputation as a colourist. Krasner often recycled her earlier drawings as collage and her magnificent Untitled 1953, with its rich blacks and layered textures, exemplifies this approach. Later, she began to develop similar forms and shapes in large monochrome paintings and, finally, mural-sized works.

Abstract Expressionism is now
on display in the International galleries until February 2013.
Additional works will be on display in the Orde Poynton Gallery from 4 August.

06 Action. Painting. Now.
A symposium on
Abstract Expressionism
24 – 25 August

The remarkable impact of Jackson Pollock, Morris Louis and their contemporaries is still felt today. In conjunction with Abstract Expressionism, an exhibition celebrating the centenary of Pollock and Louis, an International Symposium will be held at the Gallery on August 24 and 25. Leading American scholars Branden Joseph, Ellen Landau, Michael Leja and Richard Shiff join Australian experts to explore the development, reach and influence of Abstract Expressionism.

Other speakers include Rex Butler, Christine Dixon, Deborah Hart, Michael Hill, Chris McAuliffe, Patrick McCaughey and Anthony White.

More information on the NGA website.

Morris Louis 'Beta nu' 1960
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1972
© 1960 Morris Louis

Single day
$90 full; $80 student / member / concession

Both days
$160 full; $150 student / member / concession

Price includes lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea on both days.

Join speakers and delegates for Friday night drinks and canapes in the Gandel Hall.
Friday 24 August 4.00 – 6.00 pm
$50 full; $40 student / member / concession | Bookings essential

Bookings can be made by email: or phone (02) 6240 6528

For special accommodation offers in association with the symposium click here.

Presented in association with the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney, and supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

07 UndergroundPhotographs of mining
and miners 1850
to the present

Underground: photographs of mining and miners 1850 to the present shows the landscape, architecture and mechanics of mining, as well as its impact on workers and the environment. The development of modern society is entwined with a reliance on mineral and metal resources, and many photographers have focused their attention on recording the diverse ways in which people have found and removed ores, oil and gas from the earth.

(above) Milton Rogovin ‘Miner, Czechoslovakia’ from the series 'Family of Miners' 1990  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of David Knaus, California, 2010

(right) E.O. Hoppé ‘Mineshaft with towers above’ from the series 'Deutsche Arbeit [German work]' 1928  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1980


As perfect witnesses to the development of this industrial change, photographers have approached the theme in diverse ways.  Early daguerreotypes of Californian miners show the brashness and confidence of the gold rush days, while images by contemporary artists such as Sebastião Salgado display a humanitarian concern for the miners’ working conditions, exposing the underbelly of this ‘down and dirty’ industry.

Accompanying the photographs are letters written by miners to friends and family, amateur photo albums and objects used on the job.

Underground: photographs of mining and miners 1850 to the present is on display on Level 1 until 16 December.

08 Around
the country
interstate events
and travelling

Fred Williams: Infinite horizons opens at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide on 31 August. We are giving you the chance to win two tickets to the exhibition, plus a copy of the catalogue signed by the exhibition’s curator, Dr Deborah Hart Senior Curator Australian Painting & Sculpture Post-1920. email to enter. Winners will be notified by COB 20 August 2012.

South Australia
Fred Williams: Infinite horizons | Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA, 31 August –
4 November 2012

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: 1888 Melbourne Cup | Naracoorte Art Gallery Naracoorte, SA,
27 June – 27 August 2012  

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: 1888 Melbourne Cup | Walkway Gallery Bordertown SA, 28 August – 1 October 2012

New South Wales
The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Red Case - Myths and Rituals & Yellow Case - Form, Space and Design | Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo NSW 10 July – 13 August 2012 

Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons | The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne Vic.,
7 April – 5 August 2012

Fred Williams 'Baobab trees, Kimberleys' 1979 Private collection
© estate of Fred Williams

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix | QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD, 29 June – 26 August 2012

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case – Technology | Maranoa Regional Council, Roma Library, Roma, QLD,
11 July – 7 August 2012

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case – Technology |
Mt Isa Civic Centre, Mt Isa, QLD, 8 August – 10 September 2012

Australian Capital Territory
Australian portraits: 1880–1960 | Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra ACT,
1 September – 21 October 2012



09 Eat art
Neil Perry's recipe for Stir fried squid and prawn with squid ink noodles, speck, chilli and coriander inspired by Peter Upward�s June celebration 1960

In 2004, the NGA published 'Eat Art', a cookbook featuring recipes by well-known chefs in response to works of art in our collection. In this issue of artonline we share with you Neil Perry's recipe inspired by Peter Upward’s June celebration 1960, a work currently on display in the International galleries as part of Abstract Expressionism.

View Neil Perry's recipe for Stir fried squid and prawn with squid ink noodles, speck, chilli and coriander.

Peter Upward 'June celebration' 1960
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1972

'I chose June celebration by Peter Upward because it reminds me so much of this favourite Rockpool dish of mine – all black and inky; the bottom of the bowl stained by the squids' natural ink.'

10 Science
Win a double pass to
Cloudy with a chance of rain

We have two double passes
to the Science week performance of Cloudy with a chance of rain in the Gandel Hall on Sunday 12 August at 2.30 pm. Respond by email to to enter. Winners will be notified by email by COB Monday 6 August.

11 The
Accommodation Partner
of Sydney Long

The Brassey Hotel of Canberra is the Accommodation Partner of Sydney Long and is offering a special accommodation package including two tickets to the exhibition, one night’s accommodation in a premium Heritage Room with a bottle of wine on arrival and a full buffet breakfast for $235. Contact the Brassey on (02) 6273 3766.
All bookings are subject to availability.