William Robinson: The Rainforest 1990
Perhaps the most prominent acquisition, in terms of public debate, price, and sheer scale, was the purchase of The Rainforestby William Robinson in 1990. When this painting won the Wynne Prize for Landscape in 1990, the then Gallery Director, Fran Cummings, was inspired to purchase this work for the collection. The ensuing public battle over the acquisition of this work, parallels, on a regional scale, the public controversy of the Whitlam government’s decision to purchase Jackson Pollack’s Blue Poles in 1972. The considerable funds raised to buy the painting are now justified by its current monetary value, but, more importantly, this purchase firmly placed Gold Coast City Gallery’s collection as a major collection of contemporary Australian art and one of the finest in regional Queensland.
Works acquired under this section of the policy will reflect the broad directions in Australian art practice. A significant, though not exclusive, source of acquisition under this section will be the...
The Gallery will develop a collection addressing the theme of beach culture. Works to be acquired under this section may focus, either representatively or conceptually on such activities as surfing...
Works acquired under this section are relevant to the Gold Coast either by origin/creator or subject matter. This section will include historical works of the greater Gold Coast region as well as works...