IN THIS ISSUE
Doubt begins at breakfast
The sound of bees and helicopters
In a court case that’s set to establish a precedent for future legal proceedings, artists Robert Dickerson and Charles Blackman have successfully sued Carlton art dealer, Peter Gant, for selling fake drawings. Gant was found to be in breach of the Fair Trading Act for selling three works – two attributed to Charles Blackman, the other attributed to Robert Dickerson. Justice Peter Vickery ordered the three works be destroyed.
Robert Dickerson gave evidence in the case, and described the work attributed to him as ‘clumsy’. ''It's a very bad work, a very commercial little study. What should've been a good drawing is a bloody awful drawing.”
In the past, artists have been reluctant to take action on forgeries, due to the difficulty and costs involved in proving their case. But Robyn Sloggett, the director of the University of Melbourne's Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, told The Age the ruling may change that situation. "It will be interesting to see what comes out of that case law . . . but it's going to move things substantially forward I would think . . . the judge realised that a circuit-breaker was needed, and pulling the works out of the market was a circuit-breaker."
It was with some sadness that Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne, closed its doors in May this year. But we are pleased to report that the former Gallery Director, Stephen Nall, and Gallery Manager, David Hagger, have embarked on new ventures within the art industry. Stephen has established an art consultancy and is advising clients on purchases, as well as providing authentications and valuations. Stephen has also developed considerable expertise in the field of forgeries, based on his lead role in the Dickerson fakes case (outlined above). His website address is www.stephennallart.com. Meanwhile, David Hagger, is now working at Mossenson Gallery in Collingwood. The position represents a new opportunity for Dave to hone his skills in indigenous art, which is Mossenson's specialty. We wish both Steve and Dave all the best in their new activities - and thank them for all the work they put in to Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne.
The Federal Government recently released the recommendations of the Cooper Review into superannuation, which has proposed that artworks be banned from self managed superannuation funds. Currently, the rule is that art can be held in self managed fund, provided it is not displayed in the trustee's home or office. The Cooper recommendation is that artwork, and other exotic ‘collectibles' currently held in self managed super be sold off within 5 years. The Government is still considering the recommendation and will announce a decision in coming weeks. An art industry lobby group called ‘Save Super Art' has been formed to campaign against the ban.
First Sydney solo exhibition of works for Honor Bradbeer.
Dickerson Gallery is delighted to be staging the first solo Sydney exhibition of works for emerging Melbourne artist Honor Bradbeer. Titled ‘What remains to keep' Bradbeer's exhibition of ink on paper works elevate ordinary objects into the extraordinary. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 28 July with a private viewing from 6pm - 8pm.
Congratulations to Ben Smith for winning the Waverley Art Prize - and being named a finalist in the Doug Moran Prize.
Robert Dickerson will be holding a solo exhibition of recent paintings and drawings at Stafford Studios in Perth from 5 August - 8 September. The Gallery is located at 102 Forrest Street, Cottesloe.
Dickerson Gallery is pleased to announce that Melbourne artist, Michael Peck, will be having his first solo show with the Gallery in October this year. According to Michael, his work ‘looks at the place of the individual within a pluralistic society where a constant shift of values and beliefs leaves a great uncertainty of belonging.'