C21 Blue Poles

  • Sunday, 8 May 2022

  • Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia

    Parkes Place, Parkes ACT 2600

  • In Association with

One of the boldest bursts of raw painterly energy ever committed to canvas holds pride of place in our National Gallery. Hear how American modernism found a lasting presence in the new city of Canberra.



Ruth Crawford Seeger; Andante

John Cage; 4’33”

Brian Howard; ‘Blue Poles’, String Quartet no. 5 (world premiere)



Alma Moodie Quartet

Matthew Doyle, Didgeridoo



Jackson Pollock
United States of America 1912-1956
Blue poles 1952
oil, enamel, aluminium paint, glass on canvas
212.1 (H) x 488.9 (W) cm
2131 (H) x 4895 (W) x 60 (D) mm, 99 kg (weight) (Framed)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1973
© Pollock-Krasner Foundation. ARS/Copyright Agency

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Artist Alma Moodie Quartet

The Alma Moodie Quartet features four of Australia’s finest string players in an exciting new collaboration. Led by acclaimed violinist Kristian Winther, violinist Anna da Silva Chen, violist Dana Lee and cellist Thomas Marlin bring a fresh and fearless approach to the string quartet repertoire.
Named to honour internationally significant Australian violinist of the 1930s and ’40s, the Alma Moodie Quartet is committed to invigorating the classics and exploring new works with their combined virtuosic talents.
Photo credit Brontë Godden