Art acquisitions a coup for Port Phillip
Photography, textiles, paintings, sculpture, etchings and a diminutive but significant pencil drawing by Albert Tucker all feature in the Recent Acquisitions exhibition of the City of Port Phillip’s remarkable art collection.
The selected works were chosen over a three-year period by Port Phillip Council’s Art Acquisition Reference Committee to support local artists who displayed an innovative approach to their practice.
Mayor Dick Gross said the City has been actively acquiring works for nearly four decades by artists who work, live or have lived in Port Phillip. The art collection is characterised by a broad range of media reflecting the diversity of creativity which has emanated from the Port Phillip community.
Cr Gross said the varied subject matter ranged from Polly Borland’s surreal and humorous images of Nick Cave to Michael Kluge’s photographs of interior spaces of well-known landmarks in the City’s historically rich built environment.
The new acquisitions also include Martin Kantor, who captured then up-and-coming, but now well-known, identities in Australian culture from the 1980s and ‘90s, Emma Hamilton’s photographic diagrams which calculate the sun’s position in the Norwegian landscape and Alan Mitelman abstract etchings of an infinite network of fine lines and tiny dots.
“There is something in this exhibition to capture the attention and imagination of everyone,” Cr Gross said.
The collection also features works by Penelope Davis and Stephen Haley, Jenny Watson, Vivienne Shark Lewitt, Kent Morris, David Hugh Thomas, Belle Bassin, John Meade, Kirsty Budge, Richard Stringer, Julie Irving, Sarah crowEST and Ellana Bobenko.
The Port Phillip City Collection Recent Acquisitions 2016-2018 exhibition can be viewed at the Carlisle Street Arts Space, St Kilda Town Hall, until 22 January 2019.