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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Donation of $6.6m for Australian art is unreal

THE largest collection of Australian surrealism ever assembled has been given to the National Gallery despite its owner being a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation.

"There will be repercussions," Ray Wilson joked as he donated the 285 works in Canberra yesterday - one of the most generous gifts of modern benefaction. At the time he was yet to inform the AGNSW of his decision.

The works, worth $6.6 million, fill a major gap in the National Gallery's collection. Boyds and Nolans are represented alongside the first Australian surrealist painting, James Gleeson's The Attitude of Lightning towards a Lady-Mountain.

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