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Vale, Charles Blackman

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A public memorial celebrating the life and art of Charles Blackman will be held at The Art Gallery of New South Wales on Saturday September 8 at 9.00 am. On August 20th, hero of Australian art Charles Blackman passed away at age ninety. At the frontier of Australian modernism, his legacy is both singular and enduring. Collected by all major national institutions, as well as the Tate and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Blackman bewitched audiences with his wonder and wit. His passing, while deeply saddening, offers an opportunity to celebrate this artist, who like few others articulated the human...

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Happy Birthday Charles Blackman! | Celebrate a Living Legend

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Today, Sunday August 12, marks a special occasion - Charles Blackman is turning 90! This landmark birthday is not just an opportunity to celebrate the artist, it’s a chance to revisit his legacy.

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The Enigmatic Joan Lindsay | Art from an Australian Treasure

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From a life stranger than fiction, discover art by Australian icon Joan Lindsay. Ethereal, intoxicating and eternal... vanish into 'Lillies'.

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The Story Behind Charles Blackman's 'The Masterwork Series'

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  Since his childhood, Auguste Blackman has been at his father’s side. As he moved through adolescence, this bond flowered into a partnership - with Auguste becoming Charles’s printmaking apprentice and friend. Together, the duo bonded over a sensitivity to the world and its myriad of shades - a talent that served them well in the workshop. Printmaking is a process unlike any other. In the thick of technology, skill and collaboration, it not only fosters incredible art, it empowers the artist. In Charles Blackman’s new series The Masterworks, these ideas unite. A testament to medium’s singularity, these prints cast...

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Auguste Blackman, eldest son of Charles Blackman, discusses bringing 'Nightfall' to light

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Auguste and Charles Blackman in 1961, two years before 'Nightfall' was drawn. Photograph by Mary Nolan, nee Boyd Auguste, can you describe the original 'Nightfall'? What was the medium and the idea behind it? Is there any enduring significance to the image of the girl, who looks like she is floating in a dream?  The original drawing is compressed charcoal on fine drawing paper. Charles's interior world was about dreams coming to life and he is a master of expressing resonance in an image. The contrast between light and shade describes great drama. The girl floats in repose across the...

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