With this update of my website, we have included a news
section. It will inform about our activities as and when they occur.
The latest important event was Colleen and my visit to the Australian Museum
in Sydney. We had recently donated some of the remaining Pre-War Balinese
Modernist paintings to that museum. The museum’s blog provides more detail
on this visit.
The donation was made to free up time for other activities. Selecting the
Australian Museum for this donation was made on the advice of Professor
Adrian Vickers.. Adrian has long been a friend and advisor. His reasoning
was that the Australian Museum already owns the Anthony Forge collection of
Balinese paintings. This significant collection dates from the late 19th and
early 20th century. The Pre-War Balinese Modernists are a welcome addition
to the museum’s Balinese painting collection, which has recently been
expanded with new additions in the traditional area.
Another reason to make the donation to the Australian Museum is that Adrian
Vickers heads a significant research program on Balinese Art and which
includes a large database which will soon be on-line. With that it seems to
me as if the centre of studies on Balinese art has moved from the
Netherlands to Australia.
The production of a new book; the first 25 years of the New Zealand picture
Postcard. 1897-1922 is well underway. The 500 or so cards for inclusion
have already been acquired through own purchases, complimented by cards from
other collectors and institutional collections. We aim to have this book
published by the end of 2013.
Australian Museum Blogs
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Adrian Vickers and Leo examining a Balinese carving from the 1930s
at the Australian Museum
and Leo being shown an early Kamasan painting at the Australian