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A Curator's Collection: Works from the Estate of Sally Couacaud
Winter 2022
Julie Green: New Drawings 2020-22
Autumn 2022 - from Private collections
Summer 2021-2022
Explore - Sydney Contemporary Online 2021
Spring 2021
Autumn 2021
Early Works – Tim Johnson 1969-1998
Summer 2020
Robert Klippel on Paper, 1950-1963
Winter 2020
Summer 2019
Michael Johnson, Dance of Line 1979
Spring 2019
Winter 2019
Tiwi, Wigram and Elcho Island Art from the Laverty Collection
Carl Plate, The Last Show He Never Had 1971-1976
Summer 2018
Poetically Microscopic from the Estate of Robert Klippel
Spring 2018
Liane Rossler - inside. outside. upsidedown.
Fred Cress Full Circle: Paintings and works on paper 1965-2009
Winter 2018
Michael Johnson 2013-2016
Other Worlds
Summer 2017
Carl Plate - Hard Colour: Paris Works 1970-1971
Michael Johnson 1968-1978
Winter 2017
Masters of Australian Photography - A Private collection
Autumn 2017 - Part II
Autumn 2017
Sweet Nature
Louise Hearman
Winter 2016
Autumn 2016
Spring 2015
Michael Johnson Diagonal Light - Works from 1980-1986
A Private Collection 2
Winter 2015
Shelfie - Liane Rossler
A Private Collection - Gary Sands
Summer 2014
Winter 2014
Michael Johnson London-Sydney-New York 1960s & 1970s
Contemporary History 1974-2009
Summer 2013-2014
Spring 2013
Winter 2013
Summer 2012-2013
Winter 2012
Autumn 2012
Summer 2011
Spring 2011
Autumn 2011
Summer 2010-2011
Fairweather, Williams and others
Winter 2010
Summer 2009-2010
Spring 2009
Winter 2009
BIG NAMES little sculptures


Michael Johnson
Two Decades
Three Cities
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A Curator's Collection: Works from the Estate of Sally Couacaud

15 June - 23 July 2022


Sally Couacaud (1947-2020) leaves an extraordinary legacy as the visionary and curator behind some of Sydney’s most ambitious displays of public art. As Curator of the Sydney Open Museum for the City of Sydney, Couacaud oversaw a period of immense change and creativity ahead of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2001 Centenary of Federation. She led the creation of the Sydney Sculpture walk, commissioning major works from the likes of Bronwyn Oliver, Janet Laurence, Fiona Hall and Brenda Croft as permanent installations across the city from the Royal Botanic Gardens to Martin Place. This project has continued to expand across the CBD and into Chinatown with a work by Lindy Lee.

As director of Artspace from 1988-1992, Couacaud led its move from Randle Street, Surry Hills, to the Gunnery building in Woolloomooloo. During her tenure she curated Frames of Reference: Aspects of Feminism and Art, an early exhibition of feminist art featuring works by Susan Norrie, Vivienne Binns and Dolly Nampijinpa Daniels. This was one of many exhibitions that Couacaud curated in a career of over four decades, including exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, and the New Museum, New York. Couacaud was also the Inaugural Director of the Australian International Video Festival, and an early champion of video, electronic and new media artists.

Peter Collins AM, who was Minister of Arts during Couacaud’s tenure, noted after her passing that Artspace “bears her stamp and is a fitting reminder of Sally Couacaud’s personal contribution, especially in the years that followed Australia’s bicentennial.”  Couacaud is survived by her two children, Zoe and Leo.

Listen to an interview with Sally Couacaud 2011 (un-edited) by John Gillies | SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/user450071597/sally-coucaud-interview-16022011/s-FIkxvtezpq1

Sally in the Garden

Rosemary Laing

groundspeed (Red Piazza) #3 2001

SOLD

Janet Laurence

Wingbeat/Sodium Spill from Verdant works 2004

Tim Johnson

Western Pure Land 1999

SOLD

Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley

Temptation to Exist (Tippi) 1992

SOLD

Lindy Lee

Brink 1997

SOLD

Rosemary Laing

flight research #9 1999-2000

SOLD

Rosemary Laing

weather #4 2006

SOLD

Merilyn Fairskye

SFO/#2/9secs 2005

Lindy Lee

Entry into the Inconceivable 1999

SOLD

Pieter Hugo

Zakaria Salifu, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghan... 2010

Julie Rrap

Iced Shoes 1999

Anne Graham

Platski 2001

Tim Johnson

3 Sisters, Grandmother and Apart 1995

SOLD

Fiona Macdonald

Tahitian Woman in 1890s 1991

SOLD

Fiona Macdonald

House of Pleasure in the Marquesas 1991

SOLD

Simeon Nelson

3 sculptures from the series Musquarna 1995

SOLD

Rosemary Laing

beauty filter #4 (Janice’s) 1992-1995

Felicia Kan

Harmonic decompositions 1994

SOLD

Ingeborg Tyssen

Untitled c. 1991

SOLD

Anne Macdonald

Untitled No. 40, from the installation Ophelia 1993

SOLD

Installation shot of A Curator's Collection

Installation shot of A Curator's Collection

Installation shot of A Curator's Collection

Installation shot of A Curator's Collection