"...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.
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
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
Sophie Tedmanson, Vogue Australia, 1 December 2016
Modernism’s postwar flowering with Preston, Cossington Smith, O’Keeffe
Christopher Allen, The Australian, 31 December 2016