Sunday, April 27, 2008

Australian Surrealism: The Agapitos/Wilson Collection

Joy Hester... Fun Fair (c.1946, watercolour and gouache). From the exhibition Australian Surrealism: The Agapitos/Wilson Collection at The National Gallery of Australia. "...The story of Surrealism in Australia has until recently remained largely unknown. It was only in 1993 with the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition Surrealism: revolution by night that the extent of Surrealist practice in this country was revealed. That seminal exhibition led the Sydney collectors James Agapitos, OAM, and Ray Wilson, OAM, to focus their energies towards collecting Australian Surrealist art. Assembled with intellect and passion, their collection became the largest and most important repository of Australian Surrealist art in private hands."