Meet the Samstags: Artists and Benefactors

The American artist Gordon Samstag famously made one of the great cultural bequests benefitting the arts in this country, enabling large numbers of Australian visual artists to develop their skills and abilities internationally.

Art Exhibition previously on at Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in South Australia, Australia.
From Friday 14 October 2016 to Friday 09 December 2016

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But who were the Samstags? Anne and Gordon Samstag both enjoyed early artistic success in America; Gordon as a successful painter of the American Scene and ‘New Deal’muralist, and Anne as an accomplished textile artist. Married in Manhattan in 1933, they came to Australia in 1961 and stayed for 16 years. Gordon taught from 1961 to 1970 at the South Australian School of Art; after living in Cairns, Queensland, for a time, the Samstags retired to America. The Samstag Bequest was their generous gift back to Australia.

Meet the Samstags: Artists and Benefactors illuminates the enigmatic people behind the Samstag Legacy, showcasing the artistic talents of Anne and Gordon Samstag and many treasures from the Samstag Legacy Research Archive. The exhibition provides a glimpse into the rich lives and family backgrounds of two very private people, whose motivations have remained a mystery.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Samstag Scholarships, this timely exhibition celebrates the Samstags and the significance of their historic bequest. Importantly, it complements The Samstag Legacy: An Artist’s Bequest, a major scholarly biography of the Samstags to be published by the Samstag Museum of Art for the University of South Australia’s 25th birthday.