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Big American art show heads to Australia via Korea

Sydney adds Edward Hopper to exhibit list, courtesy of Virginia museum

Edward Hopper's House at dusk, 1935, is on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

A version of a large-scale survey of US paintings, originally organised to introduce Koreans to three centuries of American art and the nation’s changing sense of identity, will be enjoyed by Australians too, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, has announced. “America: Painting a Nation”, which is due to open in November as part of the Sydney International Art Series, features more than 80 works from the collections of its co-organisers, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Terra Foundation, and from other lending institutions across the US.

The director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Michael Brand, has added an old friend to the list of loans: Edward Hopper’s House at dusk, 1935, which is coming from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the institution Brand led before he went on to run the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In a statement, Brand describes “America: Painting a Nation” as a “mirror against which we can further explore our own art history”. He says the chosen artists reveal America’s foundation narratives—the pilgrims, founding fathers, frontiers pioneers and migrants, adding there will also be works that “don’t shy away from the darker chapters of American history either”. Besides landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and narrative paintings, there will be abstract works, such as Jackson Pollock's No 22 1950, which comes from Philadelphia.

Funders include The Terra Foundation for American Art and the NSW Government. “America: Painting a Nation” is due to open on 8 November (until 9 February 2014).

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