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Modern Australian Women, Paintings & Prints: 1925-1945

  • This event finished on 28 October 2001

8 September – 28 October 2001 Modern Australian Women, Paintings & Prints: 1925-1945

A major touring exhibition from the Art Gallery of South Australia, that includes works by well-known artists such as Preston, Cossington Smith, Beckett, Proctor, Crowley, Bowen, Hester and O’Connor. Curated by Jane Hylton.

Intoxicated by European and British modernism, a number of Australian women artists in the 1920s pioneered a unique Australian art movement which was adventurous and unconventional. Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith, Thea Proctor, Grace Crowley, Dorrit Black, Clarice Beckett, Ethel Spowers and many others were included in this landmark exhibition.   Preston and Kathleen O’Connor were influenced by Scottish artists Jon Peploe and Francis Cadell.  Cossington Smith saw work by Camden Town School painters in London such as Spencer Gore and Harold Gilman.  The reverberations through the decades of these women’s artwork has affected audiences and artists alike.

Public Program

Sunday 9 September 3pm – Art publisher, Lou Klepac, with artist Nora Heysen, talks about her life and art.

Sunday 16 September 3pm – Betty Snowden, assistant curator, Australian War Memorial on Dorrit Black & Ann Elias, Sydney College of the Arts, discusses the work of Nora Heysen.

Sunday 23 September 3pm –Lola Wilkins, Head of Art, Australian War Memorial, analyses the work of artist Stella Bowen.

Sunday 30 September 3pm –Mary Turner, co-founder of Macquarie Galleries, art patron and former trustee of the AGNSW, talks about work by Jean Appleton, Thea Proctor and Grace Cossington Smith and Jean Appleton, artist, will discuss her life and work.

Sunday 7 October 3pm – Elena Taylor, Assistant Curator of Australian Painting and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, will discuss Grace Crowley – pioneering modernist.

Sunday 14 October 3pm – Dr Ian Cornford, lecturer at UTS and writer on the work of Margel Hinder, will deliver a slide talk on her work

Sunday 21 October 3pm – Linda Slutzkin, curator, will talk about the intriguing work of Freda Robertshaw.

Symposium – A sophisticated vision

Monday 8 October 2001 – An endorsed event of the Centenary of Federation

Professor Joan Kerr, art historian, discusses the history of women’s art revised by women

Dr Catriona Moore, University of Sydney, presents ‘Modern women, old colonies’ a discussion of the post-colonial implications of women artists from the colonial periphery

Anne Stephen, Powerhouse Museum, presents ‘Margaret Preston and the desire for Aboriginality’

Drusilla Modjeska, author of Stravinsky’s Lunch, on portraiture in the ‘Modern Australian Women’ exhibition

image: Stella Bowen Self portrait