Recommended viewing | Making Modernism at Heide Museum of Modern Art

November 3, 2016

Making Modernism at Heide Museum of Modern Art – until 19 February 2017
Georgia O'Keeffe Ram's Head, Blue Morning Glory 1938 oil on canvas 20 x 30" (50.8 x 76.2cm) Georgia O’Keeffe Museum © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Georgia O’Keeffe, Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory 1938
oil on canvas, 20 x 30″ (50.8 x 76.2cm)
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

 

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.

 

Grace Cossington Smith Trees circa 1927 oil on plywood 91.5 x 74.3 cm (36 x 29.3”) Newcastle Art Gallery collection © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith

Grace Cossington Smith, Trees circa 1927
oil on plywood, 91.5 x 74.3 cm (36 x 29.3”)
Newcastle Art Gallery collection, © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith

 

Margaret Rose Preston The Monstera deliciosa 1934 oil on canvas 42.7 x 43.2 cm Image private collection Private Collection © Margaret Rose Preston Estate. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Margaret Rose Preston, The Monstera deliciosa 1934
oil on canvas, 42.7 x 43.2 cm 
Private Collection, © Margaret Rose Preston Estate. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

 

 

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