John Olsen’s Sydney Sun, 1965, on display in the “Australia” show © DACS 2013
Australian art used to be well known and widely collected in Britain. As long ago as 1898 the Grafton Galleries could put on a show of Australian painting without apology or explanation. In 1923 the painter Elioth Gruner curated an exhibition of Australian art at Burlington House. In 1961 the Whitechapel Gallery hosted an exhibition called “Recent Australian Painting” with works by Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, John Brack, Russell Drysdale, Ian Fairweather, ST Gill, John Olsen, Jeffrey Smart,…
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