5 x 5 – the Artist and the Patron
Autumn Exhibition Suite at Penrith Regional Gallery
The artist-collector relationship has existed for millennia, manifesting in multiple forms with varying outcomes. The enormous patronage of the Medici family enabled Raphael and Leonardo to put their sole focus into their art. John and Sunday Reed invited a young Sidney Nolan inside their world, creating a consummate creative union. Judith Nielsen helped usher contemporary Chinese artists from an emerging artist to legend status. Each example has yielded significant cultural outputs reverberating through different times and geographies.
5X5 recognizes the cultural significance of these types of pairings by exploring the trajectories of five artists and their parallel collector relationships.
Image credit: Uji Handoko ‘Hahan’ Eko Saputro, The New Prophet 2013, from the series: TRINITY, auto paint and acrylic paint on aluminium. Image courtesy of the artist and Arndt Art Agency (A3), Berlin.