Cutting Through Time is now open at Geelong Gallery

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Cutting Through Time is now open at Geelong Gallery

Words by Staff Writer

A stunning Geelong Gallery curation, Cutting Through Time examines the influence of Japanese woodblock prints on Cressida Campbell and Margaret Preston.

As the first significant exhibition in Victoria for more than a decade focused on Margaret Preston (1875–1963), one of Australia’s most beloved modernist printmakers, Cutting Through Time, partners Preston’s work with that of remarkable contemporary Australian painter and printmaker Cressida Campbell (born 1960). The exhibition presents their work in the context of their love of, and the influence on their work of, the serene aesthetics and sophistication of historical Japanese ukiyo-e woodcut prints.

Cutting Through Time Exhibition Details

  • When: Saturday 18 May to Sunday 28 July 2024
  • Where: Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop Street, Geelong
  • Opening Hours: Open daily, Monday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm
  • Tickets: Adult $20, Concession $15, Child $9, Members $12.50, Family (2 adults and 2 children) $50, Group (over 10) $17.50

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Cutting Through Time—Cressida Campbell, Margaret Preston, and the Japanese Print, takes its lead from Geelong Gallery’s significant print holdings, chiefly Margaret Preston’s dazzlingly beautiful hand-coloured woodcut Fuchsia and balsam 1928 (purchased in 1982), and a suite of prized Japanese ukiyo-e prints from the late 18th to mid-19th centuries (in the Gallery’s collection since the 1950s).

This exclusive Geelong Gallery exhibition will present Campbell’s and Preston’s diverse approaches to painted woodblock and printmaking, and adoption of Japanese ukiyo-e compositional approaches, as part of their wider interest in and respect for diverse cultures. Works will be drawn from the significant holdings of Preston’s works in the National Gallery of Australia and Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as many private collectors of Campbell’s highly sought-after prints and painted woodblocks.

For further detail or to purchase tickets to view Cutting Through Time head here.