For lovers of both food and art comes Cuisine and Country: A gastronomic venture in Australian art, opening at the Cairns Regional Gallery on August 1:
"Conceived and assembled by idependent curator Gavin Wilson, Cuisine & Country is the first major touring exhibition based on work inspired by food - related matters. Food is absolutely essential to our existence, and, as this exhibition demonstrates, its involvement with art is a serious and beautiful conjunction. Among the artists on display are: Margaret Preston; John Olsen; William Dobell; Herbert Badham; Brett Whiteley; Yirawala; Fred Williams; Emily Kngwarreye; Cressida Campbell; Jeff Carter, Yvonne Koolmatrie; Anne Zahalka; Kerry Trapnell; Ivan Durrant; Garry Shead; David Keeling; Euan MacLeod; Ben Quilty; Julie Poulsen and Ray Crooke.
In all, the exhibition consists of over 90 works by 50 artists – historic, modernist and contemporary, that includes paintings, graphics, photography and sculptural installations drawn from the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the State Library of New South Wales and other major collections. A diverse collection of indigenous works adds to the intriguing narrative that recognises the age-old engagement with country as a vital food resource in wild and remote regions.
The exhibition examines the long standing relationship of art to food in Australia, from prehistoric times to the present.
The cohesive element in Cuisine & Country is the fact that food is an almost boundless source of inspiration – relishing produce, preparing a meal, sharing a meal (or not), a picnic, a camp site, slow food, fast food, drinking and feasting. Along with this fine body of work comes an atmosphere of conviviality – an ideal catalyst for stimulating conversation."
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