John Brack

John Brack (10 May 1920 – 11 February 1999) was an Australian painter, and a member of the Antipodeans group.wikipedia
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National Gallery of Victoria Art School

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He was appointed Head of National Gallery of Victoria Art School (1962–68), where he was an influence on many artists and the creation of the expanded school attached to the new gallery building.
Among its luminaries, the school was headed by Sir William Dargie in 1946–1953., John Brack from 1962–68, and Lenton Parr from 1968 to its absorption into the newly created Victorian College of the Arts.

Antipodeans

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John Brack (10 May 1920 – 11 February 1999) was an Australian painter, and a member of the Antipodeans group. He also joined the Antipodeans Group in the 1950s which protested against abstract expressionism.
The artists were Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval and Clifton Pugh.

The Bar (painting)

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A related painting The Bar (1954) was modelled on Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, and satirised the six o'clock swill, a social ritual arising from the early closing of Australian pubs.
The Bar is a 1954 painting by Australian artist John Brack.

Collins St., 5 pm

Collins Street, 5 pm
He made an initial mark in the 1950s with works on the contemporary Australian culture, such as the iconic Collins St., 5 pm (1955), a view of rush hour in post-war Melbourne.
Collins St., 5 pm is a 1955 painting by Australian artist John Brack.

Australian Dream

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Most of these early paintings and drawings were unmistakably satirical comments against the Australian Dream, either being set in the newly expanding post-war suburbia or taking the life of those who lived there as their subject matter.
Even as it was growing, the aspirational dream became an occasional object of ridicule in art and literature, some of the strongest criticism appearing in the mid-1950s paintings of John Brack, the celebrated novels of Australian manners They're a Weird Mob (1957) by Nino Culotta (John O'Grady) and My Brother Jack (1964) by George Johnston, and Robin Boyd's fierce critique of Australian architecture The Australian Ugliness (1960).

Melbourne Grammar School

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John Brack was Art Master at Melbourne Grammar School (1952–62).
John Brack – artist (MGS staff member)

Barry Humphries

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According to one critic, Brack's early works captured the idiosyncrasies of their time "more powerfully and succinctly than any Australian artist before or since. Brack forged the iconography of a decade on canvas as sharply as Barry Humphries did on stage."
Humphries has also been the subject of numerous portraits by artist friends, including Clifton Pugh (1958, National Portrait Gallery ) and John Brack (in the character of Edna Everage, 1969, Art Gallery of New South Wales ).

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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A related painting The Bar (1954) was modelled on Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, and satirised the six o'clock swill, a social ritual arising from the early closing of Australian pubs.
The painting The Bar (1954) by Australian artist John Brack, which depicts a comparatively grim and austere Melbourne bar-room scene, is an ironic reference to A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.

Six o'clock swill

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A related painting The Bar (1954) was modelled on Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, and satirised the six o'clock swill, a social ritual arising from the early closing of Australian pubs.
The Bar (1954), a painting by John Brack which was based on the six o'clock swill, was sold for a record price for an Australian painting of $3.17 million.

Melbourne

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While the "Paris End" of Collins Street began Melbourne's boutique shopping and open air cafe cultures, the city centre was seen by many as stale—the dreary domain of office workers—something expressed by John Brack in his famous painting Collins St., 5 pm (1955).

RMIT University

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1977 'Selected Paintings, 1947–77', Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Gallery, Melbourne
The Linsday Edwards Collection has a strong focus on Australian art, and holds work by leading Australian artists (including RMIT alumni or former faculty) such as Howard Arkley, John Brack, Leonard French, Roger Kemp, Inge King, Max Meldrum, John Olsen, Lenton Parr, and Fred Williams.

The Car (Brack)

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The Car is a 1955 painting by Australian artist John Brack.

The New House

The New House is a 1953 painting by Australian artist John Brack.

Art Gallery of Ballarat

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The Sewing Machine 1955 at Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.
The collection includes works from Fred Williams, Sidney Nolan, Clarice Beckett, Arthur Boyd, Rupert Bunny, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Rick Amor, Heinrich Bűrkel, Louis Buvelot, William Barak, Charles Conder, Thomas Flintoff, S T Gill John Glover, Joy Hester, Hans Heysen, Nora Heysen, Norman Lindsay, Howard Arkley, E. Phillips Fox, Robert Jacks, George Johnson, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, William Barak, George Bell, William Henry Bartlett (1858–1932), Charles Blackman, Merric Boyd, Michael Kmit, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Charles Conder, Nicholas Chevalier, David Davies (artist), Janet Dawson, Robert Hawker Dowling and Eugene von Guerard.

Abstract expressionism

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He also joined the Antipodeans Group in the 1950s which protested against abstract expressionism.

Édouard Manet

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A related painting The Bar (1954) was modelled on Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, and satirised the six o'clock swill, a social ritual arising from the early closing of Australian pubs.

Allegory

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These were intended as allegories of contemporary life.

Heide Museum of Modern Art

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The catalogue for the exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art in 2000 includes works to 1994.

National Portrait Gallery (Australia)

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A major retrospective exhibition of Brack's work opened at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on 24 August 2007, National Portrait Gallery, Old Parliament House, 24 August 2007 – 18 November 2007.

Canberra

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A major retrospective exhibition of Brack's work opened at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on 24 August 2007, National Portrait Gallery, Old Parliament House, 24 August 2007 – 18 November 2007.

Old Parliament House, Canberra

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A major retrospective exhibition of Brack's work opened at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on 24 August 2007, National Portrait Gallery, Old Parliament House, 24 August 2007 – 18 November 2007.

Langwarrin, Victoria

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2006–2007 'The Nude in the Art of John Brack', MacClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin

National Gallery of Australia

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1999 'John Brack – Inside and Outside', works in the N.G.A. collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Art Gallery of South Australia

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1998 'John Brack and Fred Williams', Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide