Angus Nivison sits alongside Christo and Andy Goldsworthy at the Tamworth Regional Gallery

Landmarks Curator Anthony Bond OAM with Walcha based artist Angus Nivison
Landmarks Curator Anthony Bond OAM with Walcha based artist Angus Nivison

Local artist Angus Nivison has been chosen to be included in an exhibition featuring some of the world’s most influential artists.

Presented by the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and Art Gallery of New South Wales and currently on show at the Tamworth Regional Gallery, the ‘Landmarks’ exhibition features works by some of the most prominent 20th and 21st century artists drawn from the John Kaldor Family and Australian art collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

“We are thrilled to host the touring exhibition and to partner with the Art Gallery of New South Wales,” said  Tamworth Regional Gallery Director Bridget Guthrie.

“We were asked to choose one local artist to take part and Angus is an important regional artist, represented in the Art Gallery of NSW and other gallery’s collections, including Tamworth,” she said.

“It was important to have that local representation of our landscape and connection to country included in the exhibition. This exhibition is an important fit for Tamworth and the region  because of our inspiration from and connection to the landscape.”

Showcasing works that are inextricably linked with landscape and the environment, Landmarks seeks to challenge the perception of the natural world while resonating with the expansive and emotive terrain of north western NSW. 

“The collaboration allows regional galleries to provide residents with unique and important exhibitions like Landmarks and we are excited to be able to show our Region this great display, Ms Guthrie said”

Landmarks is a significant exhibition comprising works from some of the world’s most influential artists including Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long, Simryn Gill, Imants Tillers, and Andreas Gursky, as they explore and observe their relationship with the environment.

 Art Gallery of New South Wales director Dr Michael Brand said, “The realisation of the Landmarks exhibition has been a wonderful collaboration between the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and we’re thrilled to now be able to share it with audiences here in Tamworth.”

“The exhibition also celebrates the philanthropic generosity of John Kaldor, whose family collection came to the Gallery in 2011 and whose generosity of spirit is greatly appreciated, and Anthony Bond, our former colleague and maestro of curatorial direction.”

Landmarks explores the shifting perception of landscape that occurred in the late 20th century and saw artists’ work move from that of framing an image to a more immersive experience, where deeper observations and ideas about relationship with the land were investigated.

“This exhibition highlights the way in which conceptual artists have sought to give us a sense of what it is like being in the landscape without necessarily representing its visual appearance,” curator Anthony Bond, OAM, said.

“Each artist brings to their work their own interpretation and relationship with the natural world and through Landmarks we see the convergence of these varied and diverse insights.”  

Bulgarian artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude wrapped or divided man-made spaces to bring focus to the mass and volume; British sculptor Richard Long walks the land, creating ephemeral works on his journeys through the wildness; Australian artist Imants Tillers pays homage to traditional Australian landscapes; Simryn Gill’s photographs often revolve around landscape, whilst British artist Andy Goldsworthy is renowned for his transitionary and site specific works. 

The exhibition runs until 12 August.