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Judith Neilson and 

Penny Clive

By Michael Young

Two private art foundations are poised to open in Australia; their collections and ambitions reflect the two very different women who direct them. 

Judith Nielson. Courtesy White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney.
Penny Clive. Courtesy Detached Cultural Organisation, Hobart. 

Private art foundations are flourishing in Australia at the very moment that the audience for contemporary art is surging. Attendance at the 2008 Biennale of Sydney—435,000 visitors in 12 weeks—was 37 percent higher than in 2006. As contemporary art becomes a significant cultural attraction…

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