Famend gallery director dies | Canberra CityNews

The late Angus Trumble. Photograph: Nationwide Portrait Gallery.

FORMER director of the Nationwide Portrait Gallery Angus Trumble has died.

Trumble, 58, – who served because the director of the Nationwide Portrait Gallery from 2014 – 2018 – was an ebullient character and revered scholar who presided over an excellent interval for the gallery.

One gallery workers member described him in the present day as “such a beautiful, giddy, hungry thoughts.”

Trumble was born on October 6, 1964, in Melbourne, the son of Lawyer Peter Campbell and Helen Trumble.

He studied High-quality Arts and Historical past on the College of Melbourne and in 1987 was an intern on the Peggy Guggenheim Assortment in Venice.

Trumble studied for a yr on the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, then graduated with a Grasp of Arts (College of Melbourne) in 1993. From 1987 to 1991 he served as aide to Governor of Victoria, J. Davis McCaughey.

In 1994 Trumble gained a Fulbright Scholarship for additional examine on the Institute of High-quality Arts at New York College, later returning to Australia to work on the Artwork Gallery of South Australia throughout the late Nineteen Nineties.

He was a famous arts scholar and common contributor to The Occasions Literary Complement, The Burlington Journal, the Paris Evaluation, Esopus Journal, and the Australian Guide Evaluation.

Trumble curated and wrote {the catalogue} of various exhibitions and was the writer of “A Transient Historical past of the Smile,” which started as a chat he gave at a convention of dentists. His different works embody “The Finger: A Handbook” and he was a co-author of “Edwardian Opulence: British Artwork on the Daybreak of the Twentieth Century.”

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He was appointed curator of Work and Sculpture on the Yale Middle for British Artwork in 2003, changing into Senior Curator in 2008 and serving there till January 2014, when he got here to the Nationwide Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

A press release issued by the Nationwide Portrait Gallery stated the organisation was “devastated” by the information of Trumble’s sudden passing.

Throughout his tenure the establishment reached many vital milestones together with; changing into a statutory authority, the institution of the Basis and the twentieth anniversary celebrations culminating within the formidable 20/20 exhibition,” the assertion stated.

 “Angus was a inventive, dynamic and extremely regarded chief.  We’re deeply saddened by the information of his passing, he will likely be missed by his many Portrait Gallery pals.”


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Ian Meikle, editor