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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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Study of a woman (student head)
Title: Study of a woman (student head)
AltTitle:Student head (study of a woman)
Date Made: c. 1938
WorkOrigin:Australia - Victoria - Melbourne
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: Charcoal
Dimensions: 36.3 cm x 26.0 cm (sheet), 42.7 cm x 33.6 cm (backing)
Support:paper mounted on cardboard
Inscript:signed l.r., pencil "J. Hester" signed verso u.r., pencil "Joy Hester" not dated inscribed verso u.l. pencil "Nomination W" inscribed verso "Miss Hester" l.l. verso: H (D) 33 Red ink u.r. Sticker (blue ink) 11 Joy Hester 1937 Stud
TertInscript: inscribed verso l.l., pencil "Miss Hester""
Accn No: 76.627
NGA IRN: 38767
DateAcquired:12 OCT 1976
Remarks:Illus. Burke p34. (KA 31/1/01)
Provenance:The artist, John and Sunday Reed collection, Sweeney Reed
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Exhibition Details
Open : 10am to 5pm daily

Tours : 10.15am & 3pm daily
Admission : Tickets available online at
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Events : Joy Hester Public Program Events