Wendy Whiteley’s extraordinary $100 million gift to New South Wales

Wendy and Archie Whitley Bequist honor in title and spirit the couple’s daughter Archie, who died in 2001 of most cancers, on the age of 37, 9 years after her father. With Archie’s dying in 2001, Wendy grew to become the only real custodian of the group and her ex-husband’s legacy.

“That is undoubtedly Brett’s legacy, nevertheless it’s additionally a legacy for me and my daughter as a result of we made it,” Wendy mentioned.

Wendy and Brett Whiteley have been married for 32 years after assembly as youngsters, a pair who epitomized the bohemian spirit and have become darlings of the worldwide artwork scene.

One Walker Avenue grew to become the house of the Whiteleys once they returned to Sydney from New York, through Fiji. The couple’s view of Lavender Bay is legendary in main Brett Whitley works together with the award-winning Archibald جائزة Selfie within the studio 1976, Recipient of the Sir John Solomon Award Inside over time previous 1976, And the Jacaranda Tree (in Sydney Harbor) 1977.

The significance of the house’s view and site was acknowledged by the State Heritage Record in 2018, together with the previous residence and studio, and elements of a waterfront oasis that Wendy Whiteley transformed from deserted railroad land.

Proceeds from the long run sale of the Lavender Bay residence will contribute to the administration and preservation of the gathering, and a number of other gadgets are on present mortgage to Artwork Gallery of NSW. It is going to additionally assist administration of the Surry Hills studio, exhibitions, regional excursions, and public and academic packages.

Wendy Whiteley on the balcony of a heritage-listed Lavender Bay home.

Wendy Whiteley on the balcony of a heritage-listed Lavender Bay residence. attributed to him:Jessica Hrumas

Brett Whitley purchased Raper St’s warehouse in 1985 and turned it right into a studio. After his dying in 1992, it was bought by the New South Wales authorities and the property was transferred to the Artwork Gallery.

As one of many few artist studios open to the Australian public, Brett Whitley’s Wendy Studio is a vital supply of inspiration for younger artists and a corrective to her husband’s former rock star popularity. “That is the place his actual life was,” she mentioned.

The artwork gallery will likely be a repository of the Whitley archives, containing papers and letters essential to the couple’s life and creative practices, which Whitley has been progressively bringing collectively for a minimum of two years.


Whitley mentioned she hoped the desire would encourage a artistic life and supply extra alternatives for younger artists to expertise Whitley’s artwork.

“Once we had been actually younger, and that is the fifties we’re speaking about, assist for younger artists was minimal,” she mentioned.

“You had been going to the Artwork Gallery of New South Wales for a very powerful assist of all and it was such an inspiration and a way that it is all doable.”

Samantha Mears, Head of Brett Whitley Studio, mentioned Wendy had made an unusually beneficiant reward to assist an exquisite house.

“It’s not solely a chance to showcase Brett’s work the place a lot of it has been made, it additionally offers guests entry to the broader work of the artwork trade, educating rising artists and the general public about what can, at occasions, be a mysterious and remoted course of.”

Nice Artist Items to the Nation

  • John Kaldur Present 260 work Modern Artwork in 2008, valued at $35 million, included items by Christo, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt, Gilbert & George, Richard Lengthy, Karl Andre, and Andreas Gursky.
  • The Tweed River Regional Gallery in Murwillumba obtained a Million greenback bequest In 2011 Margaret Olley commissioned to construct a duplicate of the beloved painter’s residence studio adorned together with her personal works.
  • In 1993 by Paul Keating Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s reward to the Australian folks from their south coast property in Bundanon, and a group of the artist’s work alongside works by Sidney Nolan, John Percival, Charles Blackman and others.

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