City Recital Hall is thrilled to announce a significant gift received from renowned Australian artist Andrew Rogers, of two of his sculptures, Double Bass Man and Harmony.
Andrew Rogers is a prominent Australian sculptor and land artist with a major international reputation. His critically acclaimed sculptures and photographs are held in numerous private and public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW, McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art, City of Melbourne and the Australian National Airport in Canberra.
Globally Rogers’ works can be found at Gibbs Farm, New Zealand, Borusan Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey, Google Headquarters, California, USA, Akureyri Museum, Iceland, Hall Park, Dallas, USA, Warner Brothers Complex, Taipei, Taiwan to name just a few.
Rogers receives many international commissions and has created Rhythms of Life, the largest contemporary land art undertaking in the world, forming a chain on 51 massive stone sculptures, or Geoglyphs, around the globe. This project has involved over 7,500 people in 16 countries across seven continents and is the first Google Cultural Institute partnership with a land artist.
Double Bass Man and Harmony are significant historical works from the formative years of Rogers’ sculpting career.
Rogers’ figurative period commenced with his first sculpture, Clutching, a clenched fist, which was carved from soapstone in 1989. The first large scale exhibition of Rogers’ figurative works occurred in 1993.
Rogers’ second exhibition, titled Of Freedom and Will, was held in 1995. A number of major sculptures were featured, including the two sculptures, Double Bass Man and Harmony.
“We are honoured to receive this incredibly generous donation from Andrew Rogers”, says Renata Kaldor AO, Chair of City Recital Hall Limited. “It is especially significant for us to be able to hold such significant works by a renowned Australian artist of Rogers’ calibre. We are delighted to join the ranks of major Australian institutions including the National Gallery of Australia and National Gallery of Victoria in having Rogers’ work in our collection.”
Of Freedom and Will
Then raw, rough bronze
To choose to refine
Music that people make Fist
The music of life
Transitory – cuts
People – passing between
Notes of my life
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
We Are, an exhibition of eight bronze sculptures abating in height from 2.4m. These sculptures, from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, are on exhibition until end July 2017.
57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017, Italy
We Are is an exhibition of eight major bronze and stainless steel sculptures arranged by the Global Art Affairs Foundation in a collateral event to the 2017 Venice Biennale. The works will be featured in the garden at the entrance of Palazzo Mora.
Expo 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan
One of Rogers’ largest contemporary bronze sculptures, Unfurling Energy, standing at 10.5m (the height of a 3.5 storey building), has been commissioned for the Expo 2017 Future Energy in Astana, Kazakhstan. It is scheduled for completion in May 2017.
Gibbs Farm, Kaipara New Zealand
Just unveiled, Sentinels is a 15m high structure commissioned for Gibbs Farm in New Zealand, one of the world’s most significant sculpture parks. This structure is located near one of Richard Serra’s largest steel forms, Anish Kapoor’s largest sculpture and Sol LeWitt’s Pyramid. Rogers’ work is the first Australian artist’s work in the Gibbs Farm collection.