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MELBOURNE, Fri- day.-Paintings of 12
Australian artists will be shown this year at Core nation displays in Lon dou and Venice.
A member of the Com- monwealth Art Advisory Board, Mr. R. Campbell, who announced details of the dis
plays to-night, said the exhibi- tions would give Australian art "its biggest boost in his- tory."
The Prime Minister, Mr. Menzies, and the British Arts . Council had asked for the i works of 12 Australians to'be , shown at overseas exhibitions.
Fifty-six paintings of the 12 . artists will be sent abroad.
Their paintings will be on display in London during the Coronation and at Britain's
_ five biggest provincial cities.
Later, the works will be shown at the world-famous Bicmmalce International Art Exhibition in Venice.
Mr. Campbell said the 12 artists, who would be told next week that their works had been chosen are: William Dobell. Russell Drysdale, Sid- ney Nolan, Lloyd Rees, Ronald Friend, Justin O'Brien. Jean Bellette, Constance Stokes, Arthur Boyd, Godfrey Millar, Frank Hinder, and Ralph Balsón.
Dobell. Drysdale, and Nolan will each have 10 paint- ings exhibited abroad, and Boyd six.
The artists had been select- ed by the gallery directors of all States at the request of the Arts Council.
Ten of the artists chosen now live in New South Wales. The- other two. Constance Stokes and Arthur Boyd, now live in Victoria.
Mr. Campbell said that many of the pictures chosen had been lent by private col-
lectors and the others had been chosen from national galleries.