ALMANAC The gift of Ann Lewis AO

John OLSEN OBE, AO 'The sea sun of 5 bells' 1964 oil on gesso on board, 3 panels 366.5 x 536.3cm Gift of Ann Lewis AO 2011 Newcastle Art Gallery collection
25 August - 11 November 2012
From the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia (MCA) ALMANAC The Gift of Ann Lewis AO provides an extraordinary road map of Australian art practice over the last 50 years, shaped by the vision of one of Australia’s most highly regarded collectors and arts supporters.

The exhibition reflects a collection with depth - it follows changes in taste, influence, styles and ideas. Spanning across time and diverse locations, it comprises paintings, photography sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. The exhibition includes several works which will be on public display for the first time including John Olsen’s work of art commissioned by Ann for her dining room ceiling, The sea sun of 5 bells 1964.

ALMANAC The Gift of Ann Lewis AO is a fitting tribute to the quality of the distinctly personal collection from which it came.


Touring Organisation


Newcastle Art Gallery
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