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Art critic and author Tom Rosenthal comes face to face with himself

Picture opportunity
Monday 15 April

Tom Rosenthal - UK art critic and life-long friend of renowned Australian artist Sidney Nolan - will come face to face with himself this Monday 15 April at 11am at the National Gallery of Australia (Australian Gallery) - albeit a younger version painted in 1964 by another of Australia's great artists, Arthur Boyd. (Incidentally, Nolan and Boyd were also close friends).

"I look forward to seeing the painting with a mixture of trepidation and curiosity," he says, describing himself now as a white-haired man in his 70s.

Not only will Mr Rosenthal be viewing Arthur Boyd's painting but he will be in Canberra to give a public lecture that evening at the Gallery, Monday 15 April at 6.00pm in the Small Theatre. He will talk about Nolan's extensive artistic career as well as his own new book, Sidney Nolan - the first publication to cover the artist's career as a painter of literary themes, book illustrator, sculptor and theatre designer.
"It's groundbreaking. I discovered one of the grand themes of Nolan's work is failure - Kelly, Burke & Wills, and Gallipoli. It talks of great heroism - gallows, perishing, a mission not fully concluded. At Gallipoli, we were set up with such high hopes, ending in devastation," Rosenthal says.

NOTE: PLEASE MEET AT 11AM AT THE STAFF ENTRANCE. THE PAINTING WILL BE IN THE AUSTRALIAN GALLERY, LEVEL ONE, GALLERY 5.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Gillian Freeman
Assistant Manager, Public Relations
National Gallery of Australia
02 6240 6694 mob. 0412 675 434

12 April 2002