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Moonboy , 1940 Oil on Velvet on Composition Board 55 X 57.5 Cm © Courtesy of Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Early Experiments

7 Templestowe Road
3105 Bulleen
VIC
Australia
October 20th, 2012 - April 28th, 2013

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Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
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photography

DESCRIPTION

This exhibition presents a selection of Sidney Nolan’s innovative explorations in unconventional media, produced during his formative years at Heide from 1938 to 1947. Heide became an art laboratory of sorts as Nolan experimented freely in a conscious attempt to be avant-garde and ‘modern’. His earlier career as a commercial artist and his admiration of European modernists such as Klee, Miro and Picasso increased his receptivity to the possibilities of new materials and processes, and he trialled, for example, house paints, boot polish, crayon and inks applied by various means to glass, slate, velvet, recycled wood, old photographs and tissue paper. A range of the inventive and engaging results will be displayed in Heide I, where most of the works were made, along with archival photographs and documents. An exhibition highlight is a recreation of Nolan’s famous Moonboy motif, originally painted on a monumental scale on the roof in 1941-1942.