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Pippin Drysdale: Lines of Site at the John Curtin Gallery (June 22 - Aug 12)

19 June 2007

Dean of Art at Curtin, Professor Ted Snell, said Pippin has come a long way in the last decade, with her work on display at the National Gallery in Canberra, and with exhibitions planned for Germany and Japan later this year, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London next year.

“Pippin was recently acknowledged as one of the ten ‘Masters of Australian Craft’ by Craft Australia and this exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery provides a survey of her practice over the past twenty years, with a focus on the new and previously un-shown Kimberley series,” Professor Snell said.

“She works from a series of ramshackle sheds in the back of her Fremantle cottage, producing these extraordinary vessels and the newly developed series of closed forms that have established her reputation as a major interpreter of the desert landscapes of the Central Desert, the Pilbara and Kimberley.

“Pippin Drysdale: Lines of Site highlights how the apparent simplicity of her ceramic vessels can give way to surprising and vivid responses to the Australian bush, to its flora, its deserts and its deep gorges.”

The exhibition is also the launch pad for a new monograph on Pippin’s work, written by Professor Snell and published by the Fremantle Arts Centre Press.

The John Curtin Gallery is also producing a catalogue that will be launched on Sunday 29 July and will include photographs of the works installed in the exhibition. The artist will also be available on that day between 2-3pm to sign any copies purchased.

This is the second of the IBT Education Australian Artist Series presented by the John Curtin Gallery, which features a major survey of work by leading Australian artists who have built a solid professional reputation over the past decade of their practice.

The John Curtin Gallery is open to the public and entry is free.

Opening hours are between 12pm and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and also for Sunday@Curtin from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday 24 June, Sunday 29 July and Sunday 12 August. Pippin will be at the Gallery on 24 June, 29 July and 12 August from 2pm to 3pm.

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