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“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Art Patronage

I always find it fascinating to see the ways in which art patronage continues to evolve and emerge. Whether it be starting a collection with a long term plan to donate it in years to come or refining an existing collection with a similar end in mind. Here I have listed a few articles that detail some of the concepts behind wider art patronage and perhaps a little inspiration for budding art patrons.

– Justin


Bequested Art:
NZ gets $268m bonus from death of US billionaire, an Australian Financial Review article


A $268 million art collection that belonged to Tiger Management founder Julian Robertson will soon be removed from the billionaire’s Manhattan living room and sent to New Zealand.

The bequest includes 15 masterpieces by artists including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Henri Matisse. It was promised to the Auckland Art Gallery in 2009 by Mr Robertson and his late wife Josie upon their deaths, and was selected by the gallery from the couple’s wider collection,

Please click here to read more. 



Royal Patronage:
The Art of Monarchy, a collaboration with BBC Radio 4 that marked Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee


The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most widely distributed art collections in the world. Running to more than a million objects, it is a unique and valuable record of the personal tastes of kings and queens over the past 500 years. In addition to the well-known paintings, drawings and other works of art, the collection includes almost the entire contents of all 13 of the royal residences and palaces.

This eight-part series by BBC 4, The Art of Monarchy, illuminates the long history of the monarchy through the works of art acquired by British kings and queens.

The programme presents objects from Balmoral Castle in Scotland to the Royal Library at Windsor; and from the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, all of which illustrated diverse themes as faith, progress, war and legacy. 

Please click here to browse The Art of Monarchy series. 



For the budding Art Patron: 
An Insider’s guide to buying art, a Sydney Morning Herald article 


“… strike your balance between ‘I love it’ and ‘I need to know more about it’. Your homework can be having a chat to the artist, the gallerist, friends. It can also be spending time at home looking at everything the artist has ever made and reading all about them. Vis-Le says gallerists are the best source of knowledge in terms of a gallery’s stable of artists and the overall art market. Let Google and Instagram be your muse but ask questions.” – Jenna Price.

Read up on a quick guide to becoming a patron of the arts through purchase. 

Please click here to read more. 



The next Generation: 
NAS Centenary Art Auction and Gala, at the National Art School 


Join the NAS Board, Foundation, artist lecturers, alumni and artists for a night of art, live music and endless entertainment.

Along with my fellow co-host Jennifer Byrne, we will auction major artworks by Guido Maestri, Elisabeth Cummings, Eliza Gosse, Tony Albert, and Wendy Sharpe. There will be live music from the incredibly talented all-artist NAS Band featuring art superstars Mitch Cairns, David Horton and Simon Cooper and some surprise guests!

This is major event as part of the NAS Centenary. All funds raised on the evening will support the NAS First Peoples and Outreach Programs, making art accessible to everyone while increasing Indigenous student enrolment through Indigenous lecturer positions, scholarships and regional engagement projects. Here is a wonderful way to offer patronage to the next generation of artists.

Please click here for tickets and more information. 


Art Market News:

Art Basel ‘Marketplace’, an Art Newspaper article

In the aftermath of the pandemic, Art Basel appears to be extending its remit beyond in-person events, developing “new digital formats” to “further support our galleries”, according to a spokesperson for the art fair. 

So could plans to develop a year-round online marketplace for galleries finally be taking shape, as The Canvas newsletter put it? A number of job advertisements posted by the fair’s parent company MCH Group last week would certainly suggest so.

One advert, for a digital gallery relations associate, says responsibilities include “acquiring galleries to join the marketplace platform”. Another posting, for a digital community relations manager, says candidates will be expected to “manage gallery accounts”. Other roles being advertised include a digital customer service manager and digital business analyst, whose role includes “improving the performance of the marketplace”.

The question is, could a year-round online marketplace combat lingering travel restrictions and create more nimble, more sustainable ways of doing business?

Please click here to  read the article.


What’s On

A quick round-up of what’s on now, an exhibition for the diary and one not to miss around Sydney this month.

Showing Now:
Cressida Campbell  
at the National Gallery of Australia 

24 September 2022 – 19 February 2023


Cressida Campbell is among Australia’s most significant contemporary artists working with painting and printmaking. Directly inspired by her surroundings, for over 40 years the Gadigal/Sydney-based artist has transformed commonplace experiences from her life into single edition prints and painted woodblocks.  

The survey exhibition will present the depth and virtuosity of Campbell’s work, extending from intimate interior views through to panoramic coastal landscapes. It will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue that features writing from curators, artists, poets and other voices.

Please click here for tickets and more information


Coming up:
Sculpture by the Sea  

21 October 2022 – 7 November 2022


Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi will return to transform the spectacular 2km Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk in Sydney from 21 October – 7 November 2022.

With over 100 artworks by Australian and international sculptors, the world’s largest free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition will surprise and delight for its 24th year, with approximately 450,000 visitors expected to attend over the three-week exhibition.

Please click here for more information. 


Last Chance to View:  
Shaken to his Core: The Untold Story of Nolan’s Auschwitz
at Sydney Jewish Museum

21 July 2022- 23 October 2022


Best known for his bold modernist work, Nolan elevated the mythology of the Australian bush to global prominence and earned himself a place among the most significant artists of the 20th century.

Yet, his response to the Holocaust has until now remained unseen and unknown.

This exhibition uncovers an important chapter in his life and work: a series of images painted with great intensity during 1961, as the Adolf Eichmann trial came to a close and as Nolan prepared to visit Auschwitz.

Please click here for tickets and more information.