The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Alex Speed Christo­pher Allen Bron­wyn Wat­son

Ge­og­ra­phy of Space, Ar­chae­ol­ogy of Time Iz­abela Pluta and Utako Shindo have col­lab­o­rated in this ex­plo­ration of time and space, in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ideas of trans­la­tion, frag­men­ta­tion and mu­ta­tion. Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Pho­tog­ra­phy. 72 Ox­ford Street, Dar­linghurst. Tues-Fri., 10am6pm; Sat, 11am-4pm. Free en­try. In­quiries: (02) 9332 0555 or on­line. Un­til De­cem­ber 1. The Art of Giv­ing In death as in life, James Fair­fax, scion of the news­pa­per dy­nasty, re­mains a com­mit­ted bene­fac­tor. On his death, Fair­fax be­queathed his mag­nif­i­cent $18m Vic­to­rian Ital­ianate prop­erty near Bowral to the Na­tional Trust to be open to the pub­lic as a house mu­seum. Which is why it is fit­ting, says Scott Pol­lock, Na­tional Trust man­ager of Ret­ford Park, that the first art ex­hi­bi­tion to be held at Ret­ford Park is ti­tled The Art of Giv­ing. The show in­cludes 18 print re­pro­duc­tions of im­por­tant paint­ings by artists in­clud­ing Fred Wil­liams, Rus­sell Drys­dale, Keith Looby, Tony Tuck­son, Fred­er­ick McCub­bin, John Olsen and Ian Fair­weather that Fair­fax do­nated to the NGA. ex­pres­sion­ism, ab­strac­tion and fu­tur­ism. One of the virtues of this ex­hi­bi­tion is that it deals with a rel­a­tively small num­ber of artists and that the most im­por­tant in­di­vid­u­als and move­ments are rep­re­sented by sev­eral pieces. This al­lows us to form some idea of their de­vel­op­ment and re­minds us that by no means all of these works are mas­ter­pieces. Art Gallery of NSW. Art Gallery Road, The Do­main. Thurs-Tues, 10am-5pm. Wed, 10am-10pm. Tick­ets: $16-$28. Book­ings: 136 246 or on­line. Un­til March 3. Leopold and Ru­dolf Blaschka For about 70 years, hid­den away in a small col­lect­ing box, was a trea­sure trove of 48 frag­ile glass mod­els of sea crea­tures dat­ing from the late 19th cen­tury. When the box re­cently was re­dis­cov­ered, it was at first un­clear when the mu­seum had pur­chased these price­less glass mod­els and even un­cer­tain who had made them. Fi­nally, in 2009, through metic­u­lous re­search, Egan con­firmed that the glass mod­els were made by cel­e­brated Ger­man sci­en­tific model mak­ers, father and son Leopold and Ru­dolf Blaschka. Aus­tralian Mu­seum. West­pac Long Gallery, 1 William Street, Syd­ney. Daily, 9.30am-5pm. Free en­try. In­quiries: (02) 9320 6000 or on­line.

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