Prized Jerrems print donated to Monash Gallery of Art - Art Collector

Carol Jerrems, Vale Street, 1975. Gelatin silver print, 20.2 x 30.3cm. Courtesy: the artist's estate and Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria

13 February 2012 | Vale Street, Carol Jerrem’s most famous work, is also an extremely rare one. There are only a handful of known prints of the photograph. An anonymous Sydney-based collector, who acquired the print from Jerrems’s 1976 exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, has donated her print to Melbourne’s Monash Gallery of Art.

“This photograph is extremely highly sought after; its acquisition would be on the wish list of most Australian art galleries, and there are many private collectors who would pay handsomely for it,” says MGA director Shaune Lakin. “This is one of the most significant acquisitions in the history of MGA.”

Vale Street, taken in 1975, is a portrait of a bare-breasted Catriona Brown in a garden, accompanied by two of Jerrem’s male students from the Heidelberg Technical School. Jerrems, who passed away in 1980, also taught photography at the Coburg Technical School and the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart.

Zoe Wilesmith

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