O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith Making Modernism

12 October 2016 19 February 2017
Heide Galleries
Lesley Harding (Heide) Denise Mimmocchi (AGNSW) Jason Smith (initiating curator) Cody Hartley and Carolyn Kastner (Georgia O'Keeffe Museum)
Adult $22 / Concession $18
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"...this end of year ecstasy is a welcome reaffirmation of the profound value of an artist's life and work."

Julie Ewington, The Monthly

Making Modernism brings together for the first time the iconic art of Georgia O'Keeffe, one of America's most significant painters of the twentieth century, alongside modernist masterpieces by pioneering Australian artists, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith.

Though they developed highly individual styles, the artists are connected by their choice of subject, experimentation with light, colour and form, and their commitment to presenting alternative ways of seeing the world. As well as creatively reinventing the still life, each developed a distinct interpretation of place, and in so doing established new means of expressing something of the culture of their respective nations in the twentieth century.

Presenting thirty works by each artist from the breadth of their careers, the exhibition considers similarities and distinctions in their art to bring new perspectives to light about modernism's dispersal and reinvention as it developed beyond the metropolitan wellspring of Europe.

Presented in partnership with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

The exhibition will tour to the Queensland Art Gallery from 11 March 2017 – 11 June 2017 and the Art Gallery of New South Wales between 1 July 2017 – 1 October 2017.

Note: This display includes works that are protected under the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013. More information


In the News

The Paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe are Coming to Melbourne
Georgina Safe, Broadsheet Melbourne, 5 August 2016

A Major Georgia O'Keeffe Show Comes to Australia for the First Time
Katherine Gillespie, The Creators Project, 20 September 2016

Georgia O'Keeffe and Margaret Preston and the evolution of Modernism
Kerrie O'Brien, The Age, 7 October 2016

Making Modernism
Andrew Stephens, Art Guide Australia, 11 October 2016

Georgia O’Keeffe and The Australian Modernists
Will Cox, Broadsheet Melbourne, 21 October 2016

A new world for the making
Julie Ewington, The Monthly, 29 November 2016

Modern love
Sophie Tedmanson, Vogue Australia, 1 December 2016

Modernism’s postwar flowering with Preston, Cossington Smith, O’Keeffe
Christopher Allen, The Australian, 31 December 2016

Lesley Harding interview on Triple R FM
Amy Mullins, Uncommon Sense, 24 January 2017

Heide exhibition shows pulling power of women artists
Michaela Boland, The Australian, 10 February 2017

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