Presented in partnership with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Making Modernism brings together for the first time the iconic art of Georgia O’Keeffe and that of 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, color, 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. 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.
This exhibition is also on view at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (October 12, 2016–February 19, 2017), the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (July 1–October 2, 2017), and the Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane (March 11–June 11, 2017).
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