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FUNDRAISING DINNER & AUCTION Saturday 3 May 2014

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FUNDRAISING AUCTION PREVIEW Although MGA is a facility of the City of Monash, we are required to independently fund a significant part of our operations and programming. MGA’s Fundraising Dinner and Auction makes a huge contribution to the gallery’s fundraising efforts. It brings together people from all parts of our community – business groups, Councillors, council officers and community members who love art and contribute to the success of this key fundraising event. The generosity of artists is particularly important to this event, and we cannot thank them enough for their generous donations to the auction. Master of ceremonies Brian Nankervis will inject his unique wit and humour into the event, and expert auctioneer John Albrecht from Leonard Joel Auction House will no doubt coax the crowd to dig deep. There will also be a special performance by renowned jazz pianist, Bob Sedergreen. MGA Director Shaune Lakin said the event is a glamorous night out and gives residents and local businesses a chance to come together and support the gallery’s future success. The highlight of the event is a lively and competitive auction of generously donated works by prominent Australian photographers, as well as in-kind donations from corporate sponsors across the hospitality and arts sectors. This black-tie occasion promises a wonderful atmosphere, beautiful wines, cuisine and fun, coupled with the exceptional artworks on display and excitement of the auction. The 2014 MGA Fundraising Dinner and Auction is supported by: The City of Monash, Arts Victoria, Sofitel Melbourne, Bowness Family Foundation, The Australian Ballet, Photofile, Highlight Printing, Leonard Joel and Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove and CPL digital.


photograph: Š Sandra Davis 2013


INFORMATION FOR BUYERS AUCTION PREVIEW An exhibition of the works donated to the auction will be available for viewing at Monash Gallery of Art from Wednesday 30 April 2014 until Saturday 3 May 2014. RESERVE PRICE The reserve price is the confidential minimum hammer price at which MGA and the donor have agreed to sell a Lot. If a reserve price is not realised MGA reserves the right to pass in the work on behalf of the artist. Catalogue entries include pre-sale estimates intended as a guide for prospective buyers. Unless stated otherwise items will be sold to the highest bidder at hammer price with funds raised contributing towards the development, care, conservation and promotion of MGA’s leading collection of Australian photography. FRAMED WORKS Please take into account when bidding that you will be purchasing the works framed. The cost of each frame is included in the purchase price. COLLECTION OF ARTWORKS SOLD We ask that purchasers of large artworks arrange collection of purchases between 5–9 May 2014. ABSENTEE BIDS Please complete the form available here http://www.mga.org.au/event/index/view/event/342 Absentee bids should be received at least 24 hours before the auction commences. Lots will always be bought for the highest bid price. In the event of identical bids, the first bid received will take precedence. Always indicate a “top limit” amount to which you would bid if you were attending the auction yourself. SUCCESSFUL BIDS Successful bids will be processed on the evening of Saturday 3 May 2014 with successful absentee bids also processed at this time and notified on Monday 5 May 2014 by phone or email. PROCESSING BIDS MGA will not process bids without credit card details. Full payment is required before the artwork can be collected. MGA accepts Visa, Mastercard, cheques, cash and EFTPOS. MGA cannot process transactions through Diners Club or American Express.


photograph: Š Sandra Davis 2012


BOWNESS FAMILY FOUNDATION


AUCTION WORKS


Robert Ashton trained at Prahran College during the 1970s and for over four decades has made work that straddles documentary and poetic photographic modes. Since his first exhibition at Brummel’s Gallery in 1973, Ashton has held exhibitions in places around Australia, including Australian Centre for Photography and Monash Gallery of Art. Ashton’s work is held in public collections including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery and Monash Gallery of Art.

1. Robert ASHTON January 3rd 2012 pigment ink-jet print 110.0 x 170.0 cm print #4 courtesy of the artist estimate $1 800–$2 200


Leonie Brannighan is an emerging photographer whose series of portraits of her son and his friends has generated interest among curators and collectors. Brannighan was a finalist in the 2013 Bowness Photography Prize.

2. Leonie BRANNINGHAN Tristan 2012 from the series Unmasked pigment ink-jet print 52.9 x 35.2 cm edition 1 of 10 courtesy of the artist estimate $900–$1 000


Pat Brassington is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary artists. Major surveys of her work have been prepared by Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2012) and Ian Potter Museum of Art (2002), and it has featured in many major curated exhibitions, including the Adelaide Biennale (2012). Brassington’s work is held in many important collections including National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria and Monash Gallery of Art.

3. Pat BRASSINGTON Double vision two 2010 pigment ink-jet print 90.0 x 61.8 cm a/p from edition of 8 courtesy of the artist and ArcOne Gallery (Melbourne) and Stills Gallery (Sydney) estimate $6 000–$7 000


Jane Brown is a graduate of University of Melbourne. Over the last decade Brown developed a reputation for her beautifully-crafted gelatin silver prints which document places that seem to carry strange memories. Brown’s work has been included in a number of significant curated exhibitions (including Melbourne now [National Gallery of Victoria], On the nature of things [CCP, Melbourne]) and is held in public and private collections around Australia.

4. Jane BROWN The Picton Reading Room, Liverpool City Library 2008–2012 selenium-toned gelatin silver print 16.5 x 20.0 cm edition 3 of 12 courtesy of the artist estimte $1 000–$1 500


The work of Sydney-based artist Patrick Cremin was last year shortlisted for Australia’s two most prestigious photography prizes, the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (Gold Coast) and the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.

5. Patrick CREMIN Drone 2013 from the series Shadows ink-jet print 27.0 x 35.0 cm 1 of an edition of 4 + 1 a/p courtesy of the artist estimate $ 700–$1 000


Jagath Dheerasekara became a politically engaged documentary photographer in Sri Lanka before he sought political asylum in France. Since arriving in Australia with his family in 2008, Dheerasekara has undertaken a range of widely exhibited and praised documentary projects, including his latest which looks at the plight of residents living in social housing in Australia’s cities.

6. Jagath DHEERASEKARA Untitled 2013 from the series In the outskirts of the Australian dream 2013 ink-jet print 60.0 x 90.0 cm edition 1 of 10 courtesy of the artist estimate $800–$1 200


Rennie Ellis was one of the great chroniclers of Australian life. He is the subject of MGA’s latest major exhibition The Rennie Ellis Show, which will travel to venues throughout Australia over the next two years. Ellis’s photographs have been collected by each of the major public collections in Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, and Monash Gallery of Art.

7. Rennie ELLIS Dino Ferrari, Toorak Road 1976 selenium-toned gelatin silver print 29.2 x 43.6 cm edition 18 of 60 courtesy of the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive (Melbourne) and Mossgreen Gallery (Melbourne) estimate $2 800–$3 200


8. Rennie ELLIS Tattoos, New York 1976 selenium-toned gelatin silver print 29.2 x 43.6 cm edition 13 of 60 courtesy of the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive (Melbourne) and Mossgreen Gallery (Melbourne) estimate $2 400–$2 800


Joyce Evans is a well-known collector, photographer and advocate for photography in Australia. Founder of one of Australia’s first commercial photographic galleries (Church Street, 1976), Evans has over the last few decades established a reputation for her documentary work, notably her Australian landscapes. This photograph is also held in the Monash Gallery of Art Collection.

9. Joyce EVANS Uluru landscape #2 1992 chromogenic print, printed 2005 49.5 x 49.5 cm edition 4 of 10 courtesy of the artist estimate $1 500–$2 000


Sue Ford is the subject of a major retrospective currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria. One of the key figures in Australian postwar photography, Ford was also the subject of MGA’s major exhibition Time machine, which travelled to venues throughout Australia.

10. Sue FORD Immersion 2007 from the series Last light chromogenic print 112.0 x 142.0 cm edition: 2 of 6 courtesy of the Sue Ford Archive (Melbourne) estimate $5 000–$6 500


Jon Frank is a Geelong-based photographer best known for his surfing photographs. With this photograph, Frank last year won the $30,000 Second Prize in Australia’s richest photographic prize the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and was a finalist in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.

11. Jon FRANK Eastern Beach, Geelong 2013 from the series Geelong pigment ink-jet print 112.0 x 122.0 cm a/p from an edition of 5 + 2 a/p courtesy of the artist estimate $2 500–$3 000


One of the legends of Australian photography, John Gollings is best known for his architectural photography and his long-term cultural projects involving the documentation of dead cities in countries such as India, Cambodia and Libya. Gollings’s work is held in most major collections in Australia, including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Monash Gallery of Art.

12. John GOLLINGS Granary, Kaban, Libya 2005 pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 55.6 x 69.3 cm courtesy of the artist estimate $1 500–$2 500


Janina Green’s first photographs were made in the 1980s and involved rephotographing images of women found in popular culture. Since then, her often hand-coloured work has been included in many national and international curated exhibitions and collections, including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, State Library of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, and the Rotterdam Art Foundation, Netherlands.

13. Janina GREEN Fly on Grampians picture book contemplating suicide 2013 from the series Perfect stranger chromogenic print 22.7 x 21.0 cm artist proof courtesy of the artist and M.33 (Melbourne) estimate $1 000–$1 200


Graham Howe was the founding director of the Australian Centre of Photography in Sydney, before leaving for the United States and an important career as a photographer, curator and photographic historian. Howe’s work is held in many important international collections, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and National Gallery of Australia.

14. Graham HOWE Culver City, California, USA 1978 from the series Interventions 1975–79 pigment ink-jet print 104.2 x 132.5 cm print number 7 courtesy of the artist estimate $3 000–$3 500


Lewis Morley is one of the greats of modern photography. His reputation was founded in the 1960s with his now-iconic photographs of Swinging London, most notably his 1963 portrait of model and showgirl Christine Keeler. Morley migrated to Australia in 1971. His work is held in many of the world’s great collections, including Victoria & Albert Museum and National Portrait Gallery, London, and National Gallery of Australia. This portrait of Cecil Beaton is held in the collections of National Portrait Gallery, London, and Art Gallery of New South Wales. 15. Lewis MORLEY Cecil Beaton, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London 1959–60 gelatin silver print 32.0 x 22.0 cm donated by Richard King courtesy of the artist estimate $2 000–$3 000


Anne MacDonald has been working since the 1980s, when she became recognised for her large-scale work that engaged feminist and postmodern strategies. Since then, MacDonald’s work has been included in many important curated exhibitions and in private and public collections, including National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and Gold Coast City Art Gallery.

16. Anne MacDONALD Party no. 2 2013 from the series Party pigment ink-jet print 110.0 x 160.0 cm edition 1 of 5 courtesy of the artist, Artereal (Sydney) and Bett Gallery (Hobart) estimate $3 500–$4 000


Rod McNicol is the subject of a forthcoming Monash Gallery of Art survey exhibition, which will travel Australia over the next few years. His work is held in many public and private collections, including Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, and Monash Gallery of Art. He was recently awarded the prestigious National Photographic Portrait Prize (National Portrait Gallery, Canberra).

17. Rod McNICOL Meg 1998 from the series Portraits from last century pigment ink-jet print 49.3 x 37.2 cm edition 3 of 10 courtesy of the artist estimate $3 000–$3 500


Nathan Miller’s photographs documenting life in Jaffa, an ancient port city in Israel which is home to significant Jewish, Arab and Christian communities, is the subject of an exhibition currently on display at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Miller’s work is held in private and public collections in Australia and overseas, including Monash Gallery of Art.

18. Nathan MILLER Untitled 2013 from the series Somewhere in Jaffa pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper 32.4 x 48.5 cm edition 2 of 12 courtesy of the artist estimate $750–$1 000


Since the late 1990s, Polixeni Papapetrou has been photographing people in various states of performance: drag queens, body builders, Elvis fans, her children in costume. Papapetrou has been the subject of a number of major surveys, including Australian Centre of Photography and Centre for Contemporary Photography, and her work is included in many important public collections, including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Monash Gallery of Art.

19. Polixeni PAPAPETROU Dune man 2012 from the series The Ghillies pigment ink-jet print 120.0 x 120.0 cm edition 2 of 8 courtesy of the artist Nellie Castan Gallery (Melbourne) and Stills Gallery (Sydney) estimate $7 000–$8 000


Hobart-based artist Geoff Parr has been a key figure in Australian photography and new media for over four decades. His photographs are held in the collections of National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

20. Geoff PARR Homeless–night into day 2013 ink-jet print 88.0 x 122.0 cm edition 1 of 3 courtesy of the artist estimate $1 500 –$2 500


Kate Robertson’s work is beginning to attract the interest of curators and collectors, following exhibitions in Melbourne and other Australian cities. This photograph was shortlisted for the 2013 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.

21. Kate ROBERTSON Circle work 1 2013 from the series Circle works toned gelatin silver print 25.4 x 20.3 cm unique print courtesy of the artist and Edmund Pearce (Melbourne) estimate $600–$1 000


Alberto Sanchez is a Byron Bay-based photographer whose hand-coloured prints have recently been shortlisted for a number of significant awards, including the Bowness Photography Prize, the Wilson Visual Arts Award, the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, the Olive Cotton Award and the Head On Alternative Portrait Award.

22. Alberto SANCHEZ PEINADOR King of the castle #1 2012–13 from the series Beyond the black stump hand-coloured ink-jet print 60.0 x 60.0 cm edition 3 of 5 courtesy of the artist and Retrospect Galleries (Byron Bay) estimate $1 500–$2 000


Robyn Stacey is one of Australia’s most respected photographic artists. Throughout her career, Stacey has been interested in the ways that photography can be used to reiterate, remix and reanimate visual information. For her most recent series, from which this print comes, Stacey fashioned rooms in hotels in Sydney and Melbourne as cameras obscura. Stacey’s work is held in Australia’s most significant public and private collections.

23. Robyn STACEY Room 3907, Sofitel on Collins, Morgan 2013 from the series Guest relations chromogenic print 124.0 x 100.0 cm a/p 1 from an edition of 5 plus 3 a/p courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery (Sydney) estimate $5 000–$6 000


Heidi Victoria MP is the Member for Bayswater, and Victoria’s Minister for the Arts, Women’s Health and Consumer Affairs. Heidi trained as a photographer at RMIT and has worked as a commercial photographer; her photographs are held in various public and private collections.

24. Heidi VICTORIA Concubine 2011 ink-jet print, printed 2014 edition 1 of 2 60.0 x 90.0 cm edition 1/2 courtesy of the artist estimate $ 500–$1 000

PLUS Listen in to Heidi and her colleagues in Question Time before joining Heidi for afternoon tea.


2014 MGA Fundraising Dinner & Auction