Artists at Leisure: Albert Tucker Photographs - Art Collector

Albert Tucker, Joy Hester at Heide Playing with the
Reeds' Dogs, c.1943. Gelatin silver photograph
30.6 x 40.5cm. Courtesy: Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Gift of Barbara Tucker 2001


This exhibition shows artists from the Heide circle enjoying days at the beach, meals with friends, and other leisurely activities, through the eyes of Albert Tucker (1914–1999), who photographed the people and places around him as a personal record. Some photographs reveal various leisure pursuits Tucker himself enjoyed, typically of a theatrical nature—wrestling matches, dances, soapbox speeches, and plays. Tucker’s photographs also reveal, more subtly, that an artist is rarely idle. The product of a restless desire to observe and document his surroundings, they demonstrate a likely detachment from full participation in leisure pursuits. Some of his later colour photographs record beach scenes that became the subject of later paintings, several of which are also on display.

Exhibition opens: 12 March 2016
Exhibition closes: 11 September 2016
Location: Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC 3105
Contact: 03 9850 1500
Email: info@heide.com.au

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Heide Museum of Modern Art began life in 1934 as the home of Melbourne couple John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into an Australian cultural institution.

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