The decision to acquire the work of Primavera artists began in 1993, the first purchase being a suite of works by Gail Hastings, an artist included in the inaugural Primavera exhibition.
Everyone wants to be close to ‘the wheel of history’, to be remembered, to occupy a place within the wider schema of recent art history; and yet, it is only with the benefit of hindsight that the relative importance of an artist’s work can be determined. The exhibition aims to reflect this tendency by taking its title from one of Gail Hastings’ ‘sculptural situations’ being exhibited here for the first time.
Isabel Finch and Clare Lewis, ‘To make a work of timeless art’, in To make a work of timeless art: MCA Primavera Acquisitions, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2008, p.2.
|Date:||12/Nov/2008 to 22/Mar/2009|
|Curated by:||Isabel Hesketh and Clare Lewis|
|At:||Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney|
James Angus, Suzannah Barta, Stephen Bram, Vicente Butron, Felicia Kan, Mikala Dwyer, Marco Fusinato, Shaun Gladwell, Gail Hastings, Nick Mangan, Andrew McQualter, Yukultji Napangati, Kerri Poliness, Elizabeth Pulie, David Rosetzky, Nike Savvas, Tim Silver, Lyndal Walker
|List of Works:||
by Gail Hastings
To make a work of timeless art
flower power 1960s/1990s
|Bibliography:||Isabel Finch, Clare Lewis, ‘Gail Hastings’, To make a work of timeless art: MCA Primavera Acquisitions, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2008. John McDonald, ‘Trash or treasure’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 January 2009, http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/arts/primavera-acquisitions-a-portrait-of-decadence/2009/01/16/1231608949070.html/, accessed 30 October 2016.|
Museum of Contemporary Art
Dir: Elizabeth Ann MacGregor