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Margaret's Gift


Fri 28 Feb 2020, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sat 29 Feb 2020, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sun 1 Mar 2020, 11:00am–5:00pm
Tue 3 Mar 2020, 11:00am–5:00pm
Wed 4 Mar 2020, 11:00am–5:00pm

Where: S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, The Rocks, The Rocks, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General: $12.00
  • Concession: $10.00
  • National Trust member: $4.00
  • Children under 12: $0.00
  • Door Sales Only
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: shervingallery

Margaret’s Gift is an exhibition that acknowledges and celebrates the generous legacy of Australia’s beloved artist Margaret Olley AC (1923–2011). Regarded as an accomplished painter of still life
and interiors, Olley was also a generous donor giving over 380 works to galleries. Margaret Olley made her first donation of four eating bowls from the Middle Sepik River to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1984 and she continued to give generously up until the time of her death in 2011 and following through bequests.

Guest curated by Renée Porter, the S.H. Ervin Gallery presents an exhibition of over 60 works from public art galleries and museums that were either donated directly by Margaret Olley or where acquired as a result of her contribution. Margaret wanted to making giving ‘contagious’ so by presenting this selection of works we hope to honour her with an exhibition that highlights her philanthropy.

Margaret Olley’s work features alongside of that of her teacher Jean Bellette, early friends Margaret Cilento and Anne Wienholt, works by European masters such as Goya, Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Giorgio Morandi, Australians abroad John Russell and Ethel Carrick Fox, her Australian peers Roy de Maistre, Russell Drysdale, Justin O’Brien, David Strachan, Lloyd Rees, Oliffe Richmond, Jeffrey Smart, Kevin Connor, and younger artists whose work she admired such as Cressida Campbell, Nicholas Harding and Ben Quilty.

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