Sydney Ball's $1m gift to Samstag Museum - Art Collector

Sydney Ball, Oceania, 1977-8. Acrylic on canvas, 372 x 303cm. Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney

30 October 2013 | Renowned abstract painter Sydney Ball has gifted over 30 of his works to the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art at the University of South Australia.

Valued at over one million dollars, it is the most valuable donation of Australian art ever made to the university. The prestigious gift comprises key bodies of work from Ball's career and includes works from the
Modular series of the late 1960s, the seminal Stain series of the 1970s and the recent Structure series.

Vice chancellor of the university, Professor David Lloyd, stated that "to be given this marvellous collection of more than 30 works by such an esteemed artist is a wonderful act of generosity, a great honour for the University of South Australia, and a great example of Australian philanthropy."

Director of the Samstag Museum, Erica Green, stated that the museum will hold a special exhibition of the Sydney Ball gift on campus in December and that key works from the gift will form the core of an upcoming exhibition of Australian abstract art to be held at the Samstag in 2015. Ball is currently exhibiting
The Stain Paintings 1971-80 at Sullivan + Strumpf in Sydney until 16 November.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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