Nolan at the Newsagent

18 November 2017 - 20 May 2018, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

Nolan at the Newsagent recreates a ground-breaking exhibition that a young Sidney Nolan held in the window of Sheffield’s newsagency in suburban Heidelberg in July 1942. It was the idea of Nolan’s benefactors, John and Sunday Reed, to take art ‘to the people’ rather than to an exclusive audience in an art gallery. Though the prices were low nothing sold and many of the works subsequently languished in obscurity. This exhibition re-creates this remarkable but little-known venture, bringing together the surviving paintings, which have been identified through photographs of the display taken at the time. Exhibition Curator: Kendrah Morgan, with Guest Curator: Mark Fraser; exhibition presented with the support of the Sidney Nolan Trust.

Images: Sidney Nolan’s exhibition at Sheffield’s Newsagency, Heidelberg, Melbourne, 1942, archival photograph John and Sunday Papers, State Library Victoria, Melbourne. 

Sidney Nolan, Landscape with Train, c.1942, ripolin enamel on composition board, 39 x 47.1 cm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Bequest of John and Sunday Reed 1982. © Sidney Nolan Trust.

Sidney Nolan, Monochrome Abstract, c.1942, enamel on metal roof tile, 15 x 23 cm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Gift of Barrett Reid 1993. © Sidney Nolan Trust.


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