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Primavera 2001: Young Australian Artists

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01 Sep 2001 to 11 Nov 2001


Alex Gawronski, Michael Graeve, Bianca Hester, Annie Hogan, Scott Mitchell, TV Moore, Carmen Soraya Moreno, Jacinta Schreuder, Blair Trethowan

Guest Curator:

Gail Hastings

About the exhibition

Primavera 2001 marked the tenth anniversary of the series, and to mark the occasion an artist from the first Primavera exhibition in 1992 was invited to curate. Gail Hastings brought an artist’s eye and sensibility to the exhibition, selecting nine artists from three cities together under the title BLIND SPOTS we sometimes see.

When considering works to include in this exhibition, Hastings took as her starting point the novels of Sherlock Holmes, where the reader is confronted again and again with the realisation that they did not notice the clues that were right in front of their eyes. Similarly, the works in Primavera 2001 shared a common goal to expose a truth otherwise unnoticed, an aspect of life overlooked, or to present clues to a greater unknown mystery which we are just in the process of discovering needs to be solved.

Primavera is the Museum’s annual exhibition of Australian artists aged 35 years and under. Since 1992, the series has showcased the works of artists in the early stages of their career, many of whom have gone on to exhibit nationally and internationally.

Primavera was initiated in 1992 by Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM and their family in memory of their daughter and sister Belinda, a talented jeweller who died at the age of 29.

This exhibition was part of the New South Wales Centenary of Federation endorsement program.