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William S. Lieberman (1924-2005), Curator of 20th Century Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Private collection, United States of America.
'FRED AT MoMA'
'In 1975 Williams was invited to hold a one-man exhibition of gouaches at the New York Museum of Modern Art, the first Australian painter to receive such an honour. The force behind the invitation was William S. Lieberman, Director of the Department of Drawings at the Museum. Visiting Australia some years earlier, Lieberman had seen Williams's work and was struck by its freshness. Lieberman returned to Australia in 1975 with the Museum of Modern Art's travelling exhibition, Modern Masters, and made a basic selection of some forty works then. The exhibition, titled Landscapes of a Continent, opened on 11 March, 1977 and ran for two months. It was a triumph for Williams. The Museum acquired some of the gouaches as did other museums; a number of private collectors also bought works. Williams went to New York for the exhibition and made his first direct acquaintance with a city he had wanted to visit for over twenty years.' (P. McCaughey, Fred Williams 1927-1982, Kensington, 1987, pp.272-73)
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK
New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Fred Williams: Landscapes of a Continent, March-May 1977 (toured to Florida, Nebraska, Texas 1978-79).