Highlight: Emil Otto Hoppé ‘Little Charwoman’ and ‘London Amusements’

Two vintage gelatin silver photographic prints, Girl Sweeping, ‘Little Charwoman’, London 1934 and London Amusements c.1935 made by Emil Otto Hoppé (1878–1972) capture undoctored views of life in the British capital between the wars. In the early decades of the twentieth century, EO Hoppé was one of the most successful and widely recognised photographers working…

Highlight: Leang Seckon ‘Indochina’

Leang Seckon’s powerful and vivid paintings are at the forefront of a growing Cambodian contemporary art scene. In his practice Seckon’s personal history is intertwined with his country’s past and its outlook for the future. This recent acquisition features in ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8), opening in November this year. Leang…

Highlight: Taloi Havini and Stuart Miller ‘Blood Generation’

Three large-scale photographs from this photographic series were recently acquired for the Collection and will appear in APT8 in November this year. Here is the background to these sublime portraits. The photographic series ‘Blood Generation’ is born out of the people of Bougainville’s ongoing grief over the loss of their land as the result of mining…

Highlight: Saul Leiter

Three painterly prints by photographer Saul Leiter add strength to the Gallery’s collection of modern photography. Saul Leiter (1923–2013) was born in Pittsburgh and later moved to Cleveland, where he studied briefly to become a rabbi. He arrived in New York City in 1946 — the same year that Piet Mondrian completed Broadway Boogie Woogie,…

Highlight: Henri Rivière ‘Thirty-six views of the Eiffel Tower’

The Gallery has acquired an edition of 36 lithographs by printmaker, amateur photographer and shadow play theatre designer Henri Riviere (1864–1951), which combine the influence of Japanese art in Europe in the late nineteenth century with the impact of the Eiffel Tower on the city of Paris. Modelled on Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai’s (1760–1849) woodblock…