THE GENE AND BRIAN SHERMAN CAPSULE COLLECTION III
IMPORTANT AUSTRALIAN + INTERNATIONAL FINE ART
10 May 2017, Sydney
The Sherman Capsule Collection sale now enters its third iteration. Started in 2015 and gently gathering momentum in the following year, this 2017 thoughtfully curated body of work will hopefully find new homes in nationwide collections.
The Sherman family goals and de-accessioning procedures remain intact. Judicious editing, which includes gifts to museums and galleries, continuously allows much loved works to circulate. Funds realized from these Capsule Collection auctions continue to create opportunities for the acquisition of new work by younger and upcoming artists from Australia, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Gene and Brian continue to commit a percentage of these sales to further art education.
An international flavour marks this 2017 Capsule Collection – with works by celebrated American artists Tony Oursler and Paul McCarthy included in the selection. These had been acquired in the USA during the board meeting weeks of Brian’s former Funds Management company and represent a break from the couple's acquisition strategy. The Shermans, usually firm in their self-established mission to confine the collection to set regional parameters, periodically broke from their self-imposed mould – collecting selective art work in the USA or the UK whilst celebrating their wedding anniversarie
Shaun Gladwell’s work makes an appearance in this Capsule Collection sale at an important moment. A significant, yet -to -be -announced museum exhibition is on the cards. In addition, Shaun is in preparation for a major commissioned work conceptually based on the Horse - in the Charge of the Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade (October 31st 1917) – which will debut at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art , continue onto Australia and potentially tour thereafter.
Tim Storrier’s seminal work, Evening (Flowers for Nancy), 1993, the late William Delafield Cook’s Kimono, 1991–98 which hung in the couples Paddington home for some 16 years – and Philip Wolfhagen’s luminous landscapes trigger deeply felt shared memories.
Time is progressive or cyclical depending on personal beliefs. Clearly though, we are all custodians of the art we collect – and the continued circulation of significant art must and does enrich us all.
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