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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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Lovers [II]
Title: Lovers [II]
Date Made: 1956
Media Category: Watercolour
Medium: brush and ink, watercolour
Dimensions: 75.3 cm x 55.5 cm
Inscript:estate stamp l.c., overwritten in pencil "Joy Hester" not dated
Accn No: 73.33
NGA IRN: 43905
DateAcquired:26 FEB 1973
Remarks:Illus. Burke p147 and Sayers:100 years of Australian drawing p140. Burke gives date as c.1956 , which appears more sustainable in terms of composition than Sayers' dating of c.1949, the time of Hester's earlier love series. (KA 5/2/01)
Provenance:The artist, Gray Smith, Mrs Robert Dulieu, South Yarra Galleries
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Exhibition Details
Open : 10am to 5pm daily

Tours : 10.15am & 3pm daily
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