12 August 2009

Brack exhibition breaks records

According to an article in today’s Australian Financial Review the recently concluded John Brack retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria (see John Brack at the Ian Potter Gallery, NGV) exceeded all expectations, having drawn over 98,000 people by the time it closed, compared to a pre-opening estimate of 40,000 to 50,000.

This made it the third most attended exhibition of Australian art, after two highly acclaimed impressionist exhibitions - the 1986 Golden Summers (169,000) and the fabulous 2007 Australian Impressionism (140,000).

It was the highest attendance for an exhibition of a single artist, ahead of Brett Whitlely (87,000 in 1996), Arthur Streeton (76,000 in 1996), Sydney Nolan (59,000 in 2008) and Russell Drysdale (57,000 in 1998).

Adelaide readers can see it in their home town from 2 October – 24 January 2010.

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