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Mustangs - Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter Mustangs

Cage Grid (Teil A) - Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter Cage Grid (Teil A)

Flowerbed Cholorchange - Zhuang Hong Yi

Zhuang Hong Yi Flowerbed Cholorchange

Mamultjulkunga - George ‘Hairbrush’  Tjungurrayi

George ‘Hairbrush’ Tjungurrayi Mamultjulkunga

Grass Seeds (Blue) - Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye Grass Seeds (Blue)
The work we see here was completed in 1996, the last year of Emily's life. These type of works were referred to by Emily as 'Sacred Grasses'. The action in these pieces reveal a speed and energy that belie her advanced years. Scribbly in character, the tangled massing of lines were scrawled over the surface, sometimes almost translucent and at other times thick and textural. These rapid, multicolored marks evoke the more spiky angularity of grasses in contrast to the meandering tendrils of the Yam series that preceded them. Their immediacy reveals an artist completely at ease with her materials, with a command of mark-making that demonstrates the assuredness and confidence of one who has produced more than 3,000 canvases in only eight years.At one level, these canvases may refer to one of her Dreaming stories, where the grasses are winnowed in the wind to release the seeds (Ntange) used for making edible seed cakes. At another level, they transcend the literal and allude to the concept of 'whole lot' that Emily refers to in her all-encompassing quote about her work, summarized as, 'That's what I paint, whole lot .... everything'. It is a complex inter-relationship between all the elements, and a potent and indescribable life force that permeates all her work.

Exhibiting Artists

  • Federico Bianchi

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  • Carlos Cruz Diez  (+)

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  • Zhuang Hong Yi  (+)

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    • Zhuang Hong Yi - Flowerbed Cholorchange Flowerbed Cholorchange

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  • Emily Kame Kngwarreye

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  • Marc Lagrange

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  • Gavin Rain

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  • Gerhard Richter  (+)
  • Paul Rousso

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  • Marie Cécile Thijs  (+)

    Biography : Marie Cécile Thijs is an artist with a distinctive signature. Her portraits are still lifes, and her still lifes become portraits. She is influenced by the old masters in painting, yet her work is clearly contemporary. Stillness is key. Marie Cécile Thijs, originally a lawyer, decided more than fifteen years ago to follow her love for the camera. She is specialised in staged photography, and created the series White Collar, Food Portraits, Chefs (Cooks), Horses and Human Angels, which are still in progress to this day. She also made many portraits of writers, politicians, designers and artists. Her work has often been published and exhibited, her photos have repeatedly received international acclaim and are included in the collections of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Museum Rotterdam and many public and private art collections. Recently her book 'Characters' has been published. She had her first retrospective in Museum aan het Vrijthof Maastricht. Also her work has been exhibited at TEFAF 2015.

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  • Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri  (+)

    Biography : Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri was born around 1958 east of Kiwirkurra in Western Australia. In 1984 the international headlines were filled with the ’discovery’ of the last group of Australian Aborigines who until the late 20th century had managed to retain their traditional lifestyle in complete isolation. These so-called ’last of the nomads’ or ‘lost tribe’ of nine Pintupi walked in from the bush west of Lake Owen that year and for the first time came into contact with western civilization. Six of these nine Aborigines became artists. From these six, Warlimpirrnga was the first who started painting after carefully observing other artists from the community at Kiwirkurra. Within three years, Warlimpirrnga transformed from a nomad with a traditional lifestyle into one of the leading artists from the Papunya Tula Artists corporation. In 1988, he held his first exhibition in Melbourne. Warlimpirrnga paints primarily in two styles, he makes extensive use of geometric shapes to depict the stories of the Tingari (ancestors), or he uses lines made up of carefully placed dots in his dreamings that depict holy Lake Mackay, a site of which he is one of the custodians. Warlimpirrnga uses the same dot technique as other Pintupi artists like his brothers, Walala and Thomas, but also George Tjungurrayi.

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  • Willem van Weeghel  (+)

    Biography : Willem van Weeghel was born in 1956 in the city of Wageningen, the Netherlands. After high school he studied to become a fine arts teacher. For his graduation project he produced his first kinetic objects and after that, until today, he has continued working as a professional kinetic artist. In Van Weeghel’s work, movement is the central means of expression. He creates changing structures that appear to move in the transitional area between chaos and order, between variability and uniformity, between volatility and consistency. As a reconciliation of opposites. Artwork and technique Van Weeghel’s kinetic objects are characterized by a serial use of T-shaped or lineair elements on a monochrome surface of which the form is generally of less importance than the movement these elements make. The moving elements form and dissolve patterns in a continuous and fluid movement of forms. The seemingly random movements of these objects are controlled by an integrated computer system that control a sophisticated mechanical system, which however is not visible to the spectator. The artist makes use of advanced and sophisticated technology, which is kept from view and which is only instrumental. Message Identical elements with identical movement options together form constantly changing structures. Like dancers executing a complex choreography. The forms the artist uses merely function as the instruments to make movement visible and, therefore, these are as simple as possible. The coordinated movement of the moving elements creates the complexity. Instrumental in an attempt to comprehend the constant movement in which structures appear and then disappear again. In an attempt to visualize the passage of time. The use of the technical, kinetic art for Van Weeghel is the optically alluring means to a deeper understanding of how to build order out of chaos. Works by Willem van Weeghel are included in various private, public and museum collections.

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  • Tommy Watson Yannima

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Modern & Contemporary Art

SmithDavidson Gallery exhibits a dynamic range of leading modern and contemporary art in various mediums. The gallery’s mission is to acquire and present the work of significant artists whose work has either defined or is expanding the parameters of the visual arts.
Founded in 1969 as Leslie Smith Gallery, today SmithDavidson Gallery is known for their collection of Modern, Contemporary and Australian Aboriginal art. The gallery has three permanent locations, in Amsterdam, Mexico City and Miami. The gallery also exhibits at several prominent international art fairs, such as TEFAF, Zona Maco, EXPO Chicago and Art Miami.

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