Continental Shift is the new historical exhibition that will be on display at theArt Gallery of Western Australia from 30 July 2016 - 5 February 2017.
The exhibition is the result of a partnership between the Art Gallery of WA, the Chicago-based Terra Foundation for American Art, and the University of Western Australia. Fifteen American nineteenth-century landscape paintings are on show alongside Australian works of the same period from the WA State Art Collection.
Accompanying the exhibition is the first ever teaching unit funded by the Terra Foundation of American Art to be held in Australia. This unit is available to third year and honours students majoring in art history at UWA. Interested members of the public can also apply to attend the course.
Continents apart, yet influenced by the same global artistic trends, Continental Shift highlights the cross-pollination of ideas and influences, exploring the referential artistic practices intrinsic to the development of art movements across the centuries.
On loan from the Terra Foundation for American Art are nineteenth-century works by Alfred Thompson Bricher, Thomas Cole, Thomas Doughty, Sanford Robinson Gifford, William Groombridge, William Stanley Haseltine, Martin John Heade, George Inness, John Frederick Kensett, John La Farge, Fitz Henry Lane, and Worthington Whittredge.
These are accompanied by a selection of classic Australian works by artists including Louis Buvelot, Nicholas Chevalier, Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton and Eugene von Guérard.
Both North America and Australia share a history of having been settled by British colonists at a time when landscape painting was coming into its own as a subject for art in nineteenth-century Europe. Continental Shift will enable audiences to see how the ‘European vision’ of artists was brought to bear on the depiction of these new lands, and to chart similarities and differences in how these same set of aesthetic influences developed in the work of artists on each continent.
Accompanied by an undergraduate course run by UWA and an international symposium at AGWA, this display strikes up new conversations between the US and Australia, and further develops the longstanding partnership between UWA and AGWA. For more information visit www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/exhibitions/continental-shift.asp.