Surrealist Lee Miller

Once again shining a light on a ground-breaking woman artist, Heide will present a major survey of the compelling work of American-born photographer Lee Miller. A surrealist before she even knew of the movement, Lee Miller was one of the most original photographic artists of the twentieth century. Defying the expectations placed on her as a woman and an artist, she was as unconventional in her life as in her work and captured the intensity of her experiences in unforgettable images.

The exhibition has been curated by Miller’s son, Antony Penrose, and includes 100 photographs from across the artist’s remarkable career. Surrealist Lee Miller spans her early portrait, fashion and art photography in Paris and New York in the 1920s and 30s, landscape and architecture, her coverage of the horrors of the Second World War, and her extraordinary creative circle—which included Man Ray, Picasso, Max Ernst, Dora Maar and many others. It reveals Miller’s innate surrealist eye and deep involvement in the world around her.

Described by her close friend and LIFE photographer, David E. Scherman, as ‘caustically brilliant, yet totally loyal, unpretentious, human and intolerant of sham’, Miller was married to artist, art historian, poet and collector Roland Penrose. They settled at Farley Farm in Sussex, where much like John and Sunday Reed at Heide, the couple played host to a wide circle of artists and writers. It is fitting that Miller’s work will be on display at Heide, where the parallels with the lives of the Reeds and the artists they nurtured are so evident.

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November

Sydney: The exhibition delves into the State Library of NSW's vast collection of two million images, showcasing 400 photos – many displayed for the first time.

Melbourne: Lingam.K is interested in narrating the complexity of our relationship to nature and how it’s tied into culture and the modern world. Echoes of Melting Blue is the creative outcome of a two month residency in Iceland.

February

Freemantle: Air Bare is the creative team of mother and daughter duo Sarah and Lucy Jenkins, who use drone technology to capture images from a quirky and quizzical perspective.

Ballarat: Scotty So is a Melbourne-based artist who works across media, using painting, photography, sculptures, site-responsive installation, videos and drag performance.

Melbourne: Jill Orr’s The Promised Land Refigured is an exhibition that reworks the original project created in 2012 with new insights that have emerged in the past eleven years.

Melbourne: Photographer Mike Reed presents an array of images from two trips to Mumbai, New Delhi, Rajasthan, and Varanasi.

Sydney: Curated by Lynn Smith, Urban Enigmas aims to unlock the subtle mysteries that lurk in out-of-the-way places in big cities: back lanes, river banks, street markets, abandoned factories, old bridges and so on.

March

Discover 100 free exhibitions at galleries and unexpected outdoor locations in Melbourne & Victoria.

Ballarat: Nan Goldin is an American artist whose work explores subcultures, moments of intimacy, the impacts of the HIV/AIDS and opioid epidemics on her communities, and photography as a tool for social activism.