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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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Nude study
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Nude study
Date Made: c. 1939-41
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: pen and ink, brush and ink
Dimensions: 34.0 cm x 25.2 cm (sheet)
Accn No: 80.2207
Article: The enormous limbs of this nude emphasise the small mask-like head. This is one of the first instances in which Hester uses a bold fluid black line, which encircles the figure and emphasises the way the figure inhabits the space of the paper. While on one hand the sculptural forms of the body find an echo in Henry Moore’s work, there are also striking parallels with drawings of distorted nudes by Bell’s student, Peter Purves Smith.
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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