09.03.17 Exposure 05: On Collecting Photography

Thursday 9 March
6.30pm - 7.45pm

State Library of New South Wales
Metcalfe Auditorium
Macquarie St Building

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We are thrilled to present leading photographic curators and collectors Judy Annear and Amanda Love in conversation with ACP Director Cherie McNair.

This special event will discuss the past and current perceptions on collecting photographic stills and video works, and inform aspiring photographic collectors on how to get started and important things to consider before you do.

Sharing their experiences and insights on collecting photography and photomedia audiences will be treated with a rare glimpse into panelists' collections and their motivations for collecting.


About Judy Annear

Judy Annear is an independent writer and curator. She was Senior curator photographs at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from late 1995 until mid 2016. In this role she instigated a program of collection-based projects as well as curating major national and international exhibitions. She established a collection program for the photography gallery which opened in 2011. Some of the artists included in that program were Jacky Redgate, Tracey Moffatt, Bettina Rheims.

She spearheaded important photography exhibitions that furthered knowledge and exposure of the medium, and of Australian and international artists. These included: Len Lye (2001–2) celebrating the centenary of the artist’s birth, the first monographic exhibition of Man Ray in Australia (2004), a retrospective of Bill Henson – the result of a 3-year collaboration with the artist (2005), August Sander (2007) with the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Alfred Stieglitz: the Lake George years (2010) and Photography & place: Australian landscape photography 1970s until now (2011). She was curator of the large-scale exhibition, The photograph and Australia 2015.

In the 1980s and 90s Judy Annear’s work focused on contemporary and experimental practice particularly from Australia, Europe and Japan.

About Amanda Love

Amanda Love is the founder and director of LoveArt, an international Art Advisory based in Sydney and New York. Providing bespoke, confidential and independent art advice, Amanda has pioneered contemporary art collecting initiatives in private, corporate and public realms here and internationally. She was voted Best Art Advisor 2010 in Sydney’s inaugural Art Month awards.

Amanda is widely regarded as an active and committed arts benefactor. She is a current member of the board of Directors of Artspace, Sydney, and has previously served on the Board of the Biennale of Sydney, during which time Cockatoo Island was first utilised and critical acclaim increased and attendances more than tripled. Love has played a founding role in the now flourishing contemporary benefaction groups at the AGNSW (Contemporary Collection Benefactors, Photography Collection Benefactors) and MCA (Directors Working Circle). 

Formerly an arts and film lawyer with Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allens), Sydney and Deacons, Hong Kong, Love also holds a Master of Fine Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney and has lectured in contemporary art at the National Gallery of Scotland; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Arco in Madrid; the MCA, Sydney; and Art Gallery NSW. She has lectured for Christie’s Australia and advised on Australian Art Collector Magazine’s 50 Most Important Artists selection panel. 

A passionate collector, her private collection of more than 300 Australian and International works, was exhibited publicly at Casula Powerhouse Museum, Sydney in 2011. In 2010 she hosted an exhibition of new work by international artist Tracey Emin in her home. This included a public program of museum tours, master classes, poetry performances and public museum talks. 




EXPOSURE sheds light on the full spectrum of photographic practice, presentation and literature by inviting photographers, curators and writers to share their photographic interests with ACP audiences.   



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Image: Sara Oscar, Pleasant Island (The Pacific Solution), 2016.
Courtesy the artist.