Drawings and correspondence
Nicholson’s exhibition surveys the central role drawing plays in his engagement with contemporary political realities in Australia and beyond. The show presents works from 2005 to 2018, focusing on both the histories and possibilities of drawing, and its relationship to writing. The exhibition will feature the final chapter of Drawings and correspondence: a new commission by IMA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and Art Gallery of South Australia. The project centres upon a moment at Kwartatuma/Ormiston Gorge in Central Australia, at the outbreak of WWII, that led to a remarkable relationship between the non-Aboriginal watercolourist Rex Battarbee and the Western Aranda artist Albert Namatjira.