Charles Nodrum Gallery presents a selection of paintings by James Gleeson – the ninth exhibition since 2000 of Australia’s most committed surrealist. The works come from the Gleeson O’Keefe Foundation, which is managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales; all proceeds from sales of Gleeson’s work go towards the acquisition of new artworks by Australian artists. In the early 1980s – after retiring from his secondary career as an author, critic and curator – Gleeson devoted himself exclusively to painting. To everyone’s surprise, the sexagenarian’s first exhibition proved an impressive display of monumentally scaled paintings with a sheer painterliness and an ambiguous level of abstraction, leaving viewers to puzzle over how these astonishing performances could be interpreted – a situation which continues to this day. His unforgettable retrospective James Gleeson: Beyond the Screen of Sight was shown at the National Gallery of Victoria and National Gallery of Australia in 2004-5. James Gleeson’s latest exhibition shows at Charles Nodrum Gallery from November 23 to December 18, 2021.
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