Established in 1967, Tolarno Galleries has been at the cutting edge of contemporary Australian art for over 50 years. Four artists have represented Australia at the prestigious Venice Biennale: Patricia Piccinini (2003), Howard Arkley (1999), Judy Watson (1997) and Bill Henson (1995). The exhibition program attracts the attention of collectors, curators and critics from around the globe.
‘Currency is the common denominator for all artists represented by Tolarno Galleries, ‘Not currency in the fiscal sense – although Tolarno is a commercial gallery and a highly successful one at that – but currency understood more in the sense of an electric charge, of contemporaneity, and of cultural and intellectual exchange.’ (Max McLean 2002)
With a reputation for showing fresh, often young artists, Tolarno Galleries has shown some of Australia’s – and the world’s – best known artists. Over the years, exhibitions by modern masters including Bonnard, Dali, Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Pissarro, Renoir and Vuillard, were shown alongside new works by Rauschenberg, Johns, Rosenquist, Warhol, LeWitt and Koons. Significant bodies of work were shown by the pioneering Australian modernists Charles Blackman, John Brack, Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester and Albert Tucker.
Today Tolarno Galleries represents some of Australia’s most well-known and respected artists whose works are regularly shown in museums and sold to collectors around the world.