music / Canberra Symphony Orchestra Recital Series, with Julian Smiles and Dimity Hall, Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, July 15. Reviewed by CLINTON WHITE
KAMILAROI artist Reko Rennie is one of the in-demand artists to be presented in a private collection sale being staged by Yarralumla collector, Bernie Ayers, this weekend.
Ayers owns a body of works focussed on younger, mid-career artists who have already shown potential and are making their mark on both the Australian and international art scenes, including like artists such as Rennie, Jason Benjamin, Jasper Knight, Giles Alexander and Adam Cullen and Ben Quilty.
He has followed their careers with interest and notes that Kevin Spacey owns several of Benjamin’s works, Lister painted with UK street artist Banksy and Quilty is a former Archibald Prize winner for his portrait of Margaret Olley.
Rennie, is one of the 30 artists from across the country shown in “Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial” at the NGA, where a Rolls-Royce painted by him is given prominence at the entry, facing a child-friendly room calle “NGA Play”, also created by Rennie. His work is also showing as part of the 57th Venice Biennale.
As Ayers sees it, the coming sale is “a who’s who of Australian contemporary art”.
Bernie Ayers Collection Sale, Aarwun Gallery, Shop 11 Federation Square, Gold Creek, opening on Saturday, August 5 and running for two weeks. All inquiries to 0407 778022.