Sunday, September 30, 2018

A visit to the Ian Potter Gallery

The Ian Potter Gallery is part of the National Gallery of Victoria, which always seem an odd name to me. Victoria is a state, not a nation. With nothing too much to do last Sunday, for a change and not wanting to do anything too challenging, we just took a wander about the aforementioned gallery. I do not know who Ian Potter was, but I certainly know who Joseph Brown was, and it was his collection we focused upon. They are more traditional works and we really loved many of the works on display. Most of the photos were not taken within the gallery.

It was a windy day and this had probably blown down from one of The Highrise balconies. For mine, it should have landed in a rubbish bin.


We had brunch but at a cafe, not from this small Airstream caravan.


Que? Wait till you see the video.


I can only say que again.


Sometimes in an Australian restaurant or cafe, service can be a bit slow.


I ain't saying a thing about this one.


From a room with a view.


What was at Federation Square before Fed Square was built? The Gas and Fuel Buildings. Not one person protested about their destruction. Are we surprised?


For you ladies of a certain age, I thought you may like some retro frocks. They were quite impressive but you do have go in at the waist, not out.


This one is perhaps a little more forgiving of a fuller figure. The camera did not capture the sparkle.


This exetenial work perfectly illustrates today's society with its dramatic dark threat to the musical arts. What??? I just made that up.


The Spring (horse) Racing Carnival is beginning as soon as the football final is played. Already promotions are underway, with much television advertising and some truly horrible gambling company ads. These folk were practising their riding skills on animated mechanical horses. They seemed to having fun. No, we did not have a try.


The new screen in Fed Square is been unveiled. It is very clear but I thought it would be larger. Yes, more horse racing. I think I will save the three videos I took for another post.


24 comments:

  1. Perhaps whoever named your gallery had dreams of seceding?
    Yet another gallery I would happily get lost in. Thank you.

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    1. EC, perhaps so, although the explanation is in comments below.

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  2. A pleasant way to spend a Sunday by the looks of it!

    Have a great week, Andrew. :)

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    1. It was Lee, and our maximum gallery visit tolerance of one hour was reached easily.

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  3. My husband used to work in the old Gas and Fuel back in the 70's . How I wish we just had one gas company and one electric like we used to have .

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    1. I second that.

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    2. Lady J, it was all so simple back then. Our hot water service broke down and had to be replaced. We visited the ground floor gas showrooms in the G&F building and chose one, paid it off on the gas bill without interest and it was installed the next day. We did the same with a heater too.

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  4. When the National Gallery opened in the 1860s, it was supposed to be the biggest, most important, most visited and most cultured gallery in Australia. Canberra came much later, so then we became just the National Gallery of Victoria.

    Ian Potter was not one of my favourite types - businessman, conservative political supporter, stock broker etc. But at least he was a very generous supporter of the arts etc.

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    1. Hels, thanks for the explanation.

      I correctly guessed a connection the Potters in Sydney. He was the second husband of the well known philanthropist Lady Potter.

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  5. Looks like a great place. It been a while since I been to any type of gallery. I would guess the closes one with any size would be about two hour drive, a place called Spokane Washington.

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    1. Dora, which would be much the same here if we lived in the country.

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  6. The camera DID capture some of the sparkle on that silvery outfit, I see it plainly. now about the previous three: what's a waist? (ha ha)
    I LOVE the slow service skeletons :D

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    1. River, I have a vague memory of having a waist. I don't really know what the slow service sculpture was about. In fact I didn't know what any of them were about.

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  7. The camera so rarely does my sparkly things proper justice. :) One day this will be fixed and perhaps they will add in extra sparkle to make up for all the sparkle they missed capturing before. ;)

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    1. Snoskred, there is probably a sparkle filter that can be added to a camera, or in later editing.

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    2. Using the flash may pick up the sparkle, but so many places now forbid flash photography.

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  8. What a fascinating gallery, adn while I can fit none of the dresses, I absolutely love looking back. Hugs and Happy Sunday! RO

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    1. Yes RO, we can all remember. Thanks.

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  9. I can always imagine myself in those waisted dresses. But I do have a very vivid imagination.

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    1. Marie, you would fit into them, or come closer than most people would.

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  10. I see piseth san is doing the rounds again :(

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    1. Piss off Piseth and I goned him.

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