Philanthropist recognised by GoMA - Art Collector

Vernon Ah Kee, neither pride nor courage, 2006. Pastel, charcoal and synthetic polymer paint on canvas. Queensland Art Gallery Collection. Courtesy: the artist and QAG, Brisbane

31 October 2011 | Queensland philanthropist James C Sourris is being recognised for his support of the Queensland Art Gallery and its contemporary wing the Gallery of Modern Art in the exhibition Ten years of contemporary art: The James C Sourris AM Collection.

Sourris has been an advocate of contemporary art since the early 1990s, providing ongoing support for the Queensland Art Gallery through numerous acquisitions over the past decade.

The exhibition, which opens on 12 November 2011 at the Gallery of Modern Art, features contemporary works acquired by the gallery with Sourris’s support alongside works from his personal collection that are going to be gifted to the gallery.

It includes works by Gordon Bennett, Eugene Carchesio, Vernon Ah Kee, Judy Watson and Madeleine Kelly, along with video pieces by Patricia Piccinini, Bill Viola, William Kentridge and Yang Fudong.

According to gallery director Tony Ellwood, the exhibition “highlights Mr Sourris’s commitment to contemporary Australian art and the difference an individual benefactor and patron can make to the development of the Queensland Art Gallery’s collection”.

Most recently Sourris assisted the gallery with acquiring a range of early surrealist publications and archival material for its major exhibition
Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams.

Ten years of contemporary art runs from 12 November 2011 to 19 February 2012 at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Jane O'Sullivan


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