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Joy Hester and Friends
1 September – 28 October 2001
All Joy Hester works are reproduced with permission of VISCOPY Ltd, Sydney 2001
This exhibition seeks to bring Joy Hester's remarkable contribution to Australian Art to the fore. Hester's art will be shown in relation to works by other artists who were in close contact with her in the 1940s and 1950s including Albert Tucker, Danila Vassilieff, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Gray Smith, Mirka Mora and Charles Blackman. The show will also include photographs and other documentary material to reveal her friendships with John and Sunday Reed, Barbara Blackman, Barrett Reid and others.     In this way the exhibition will place Joy Hester's work in the context of the times in which she was working, to reveal the inter-connections as well as the idiosyncrasies of her extraordinary artistic output.
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City of dreadful night
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: City of dreadful night
Date Made: c. 1945
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink, gouache
Dimensions: 30.8 cm x 24.4 cm (sheet)
Accn No: 76.642
Article: The eyes are unseeing they stare vacantly into space, frozen in time. In this night image, black line encircles the head and enters the face in bold slashing strokes, intersecting with ice blue and the untouched paper background.
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Exhibition Details
Open : 10am to 5pm daily

Tours : 10.15am & 3pm daily
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Events : Joy Hester Public Program Events