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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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A human being
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: A human being
Date Made: 1945
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink, pen and ink
Dimensions: 50.6 cm x 40.5 cm (sheet)
Accn No: 76.630
Article: The skeletal body of the woman is surrounded by parallel vertical and horizontal lines emphasising the power of the mind against the fragility of the body. The eyes are the centres of the radiating circular lines, but their pupils seem dead and cold. Although Hester started with recollections of the concentration camp footage, this portrait also became a reflection of her mother as perpetrator and victim, trapped in her own psyche.
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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