This exhibition tells the story of the formation of the National Gallery of Australia’s American collection. From Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Pop, Neo-Dada and Photo-Realism, to Conceptual, Land and Performance Art, American Masters examines how a generation of young Americans challenged local traditions and reinvented modern art, inspired by European émigrés including Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian and Josef Albers. The international impact of major American artists between the 1940s and 1980s is captured in masterworks by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois. Highlights include paintings and works on paper by artists of the New York School and a selection of light works by Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Keith Sonnier and James Turrell.
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