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Exhibitions are deliberately constructed so that they present a point of view to an audience An example of this concept is the exhibition of Brett Whitely and Lloyd Rees Affinities This exhibition was compiled at The Brett Whitely Studio to present to the audience the relationship between Lloyd Rees and Brett Whitely and display any commonalities or differences between the artists works Whitley was known for his phenomenal and somewhat controversial talent whilst Rees was a classical master at drawing and painting Whitely was so influenced by Rees that at times Whitely openly paid homage to Rees in his work in particular one work displayed in Affinities his collage and gouache work Homage to Rees A contrast of the nature and style of their works but the similarities of the love for their surrounding environments is clearly presented to the audience shown in the exhibition For example Whitleys bright and inspired landscape painting Big Orange is truly contrasted with Rees realistically and technically perfect Harbour from McMahons Point To further the audiences understanding of the two artists relationship two letters are included in the part of the gallery that Whitely used as his home The first of the letters is written to Rees from Whitely after he had the new of Rees oncoming death In it he spoke of the exhibition of Rees landscapes he viewed at fourteen which had a profound effect on my Whitelys understanding of what painting was and could be Whitely believed that Rees artwork lookedas though they had every influence in the world in themthese little pictures seemed to have filtered and sometimes dredged the whole of Europe through themthey contained nature and ideas The second letter is Rees reply to his kind words in which he refers to Whitely as a beacon light which will reveal aspects of Australian creativity hitherto unknown in the years ahead The gallery being Whitelys home and studio in which many of
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