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Perhaps Williams’s most important series was of Werribee Gorge in Victoria’s rugged hinterland. The series fuses an aerial view of the landscape with a sense of the experience of nature on the ground. In the Dry Creek Bed paintings, which have been seen as the climax of this series, Williams used the course of the river as a formal, almost graphic, device to anchor the image. This was a moment of intense activity for Williams, coinciding with his major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

May 2008