White­ley meets Baldessin


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They moved in separate cir­cles – Brett White­ley was from Syd­ney and Ge­orge Baldessin spent the bulk of his ca­reer in Mel­bourne. But aside from the dis­tance be­tween them, these artists were closer than you might ex­pect. They were born in the same year, they were both at­tracted to ex­is­ten­tial­ist ideas and cre­ated art that spoke di­rectly to their time, with both dy­ing trag­i­cally young. Trust the Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria to con­nect the dots and cu­rate a show that draws nu­anced con­nec­tions be­tween the work and vi­sions of the two. Later this month, Baldessin/white­ley: Par­al­lel Vi­sions will bring to­gether some of the artist’s most iconic works as well as pieces that have never been ex­hib­ited be­fore. Ba­si­cally, it’s bound to be a banger. AU­GUST 31 2018-JAN­UARY 28 2019; NGV.VIC.GOV.AU

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT ‘Evening com­ing in on Syd­ney Har­bour’ (1975) by Brett White­ley; ‘The tun­nel’ (1966) by Ge­orge Baldessin; ‘MM of Rue St De­nis’ (1976) by Ge­orge Baldessin; ‘Sa­cred ba­boon’ (1975) by Brett White­ley‘.

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