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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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Two girls in a street
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Two girls in a street ((Two women in street) [recto]; (Seated figure and bird) [verso])
Date Made: c. 1941
Media Category: Watercolour
Medium: watercolour, pen and ink
Dimensions: 28.2 cm x 38.8 cm (sheet)
Accn No: 80.2200AB
Article: Compared to the gentle charm of Vassilieff’s street scenes,, Hester’s imagery is more intense and dramatic. The mood is disturbing. The older girl appears worried, tilting her head, as if listening intently while the younger girl runs in, pointing as if to tell some urgent news. The action in the foreground is set against the eerie deserted streetscape with only a little bicycle along the curbside and the lettering ‘BAKER’ suggesting the backdrop of daily life.
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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