Online Exhibition - Bert Flugelman
The Bert Flugelman Wry ARTificer exhibition was on display in the UOW Library Panizzi Gallery, from 5 November 2018 to 31 March 2019. This exhibition moved beyond the monumental public works that Bert was arguably best known for, to explore his multi-faceted character and constant evolution as an artist.
UOW Library Exhibitions Coordinator, Phillippa Webb, curated the exhibition by conducting extensive research of publications and historical accounts as well as interviewing many of Bert's past colleagues, collaborators and students. She also worked closely with the Bert Flugelman Estate, primarily Bert's daughter Kay, to deliver substantial collective insight into Bert's artistic mind.
Wry ARTificer featured many items from UOW Archives, the UOW Art Collection and private collections to demonstrate the variety and scope of Bert's artistic practice. Included were early paintings and sketches from the 1950s and 1960s, examples of Bert's maquettes, and the ceramic works in Double Spiral (2008), Lady Pot (1993), alongside examples of his exploration in performance art, installations and Earthworks.
Donald Brook Essay
The exhibition was officially opened on Saturday 10 November by Federal Court Judge, The Hon Justice John Edward Griffiths, and artist Ken Orchard, both long-time friends of Bert and his family.
Videos and documents
Bert Flugelman, Earthwork, 1975
Six aluminium tetrahedrons were buried in an unmarked spot in Commonwealth Park as part of the Commonwealth Gardens Sculpture Exhibition, Canberra, 1975
Bert Flugelman, Black Box, 1969
Photographs from Black Box: A social hedonistic environment installation, Oyster Bay
Portrait of Friendship, 2018
Guy Warren talks about the evolution of his 1985 Archibald winning portrait of Bert Flugelman
Bert Flugelman, by David Smith, 2009
Filmed by Optronic Kinetics member David Smith, while visiting Bert in Jamberoo 2009
Bert Flugelman Curriculum Vitae
Bert Flugelman - Friends and Colleagues, 2018
Speakers include Guy Warren, Julie Ewington, Sam Bienstock, Frank Littler, Dick Taylor, John Montelone, Greg Eager, Les Blakebrough, and David Smith.
Bert Flugelman: Wry ARTificer, exhibition launch, 2018
Filmed at the Panizzi Gallery, UOW Library on 10 November 2018. Speakers included Margie Jantti (Director Library Services), The Honourable John Griffiths (Judge, Federal Court of Australia), and Ken Orchard (artist, and friend of Bert Flugelman).