An intriguing, qualityexhibition from the National Gallery of Australia is heading to Newcastle in May.Abstraction: Celebrating Australian Women Abstract Artists, opens on May 20.
Abstractioncasts a wide net with a diverse and broad range featuring 76 works of art by 38 artists including Yvonne Audette, Dorrit Black, Grace Crowley, Anne Dangar, Janet Dawson, Inge King, Margo Lewers and Margaret Preston, through to contemporary practitioners Elizabeth Coats, Melinda Harper and Idiko Kovacs, among others.
Robert Nelson, art critic for The Age, reviewed Abstraction, currently showing at the Geelong Art Gallery. He said, in part, “This fine exhibition covers the great range of approaches. Drawn entirely fromwomenartists from the 1920s to now, it follows a chronological model that locates each artist in her proper historical place.
“It begins with the ghost of cubism, where artists like Margaret Preston, Dorrit Black, Grace CrowleyandAnne Dangar wrestled with forms that simplified or essentialised motifs. There are lovely ceramics by Dangar which, with their graphic robustness, could have inspired Preston’s paintings.
“Then there is the influence ofabstractexpressionism, considered in America to beabstractionin its essence. The movement sought to create inventions in colour that were about nothing but the paint, as if the subject matter of painting was the paint itself. This encouraged a grand manner of gestureandscale, proposing a new sublimity of form.
“This is captured best in Yvonne Audette’s work of the 1950s. Her greyandbrown The flat landscape invites you to see foreground, middleandsky; but you have to unread the painting to understand it.”
The Abstraction show will be followed by The Phantom Show, which celebrates 40 years since the Newcastle Art Gallery exhibitionTheGhost who walks.
The Phantom Show runs June 10 to August 20. It will be curated by Peter Kingston and DietmarLederwasch.
The 1977 exhibition young talentto Newcastle, including Peter Kingston,Richard Larter,Richard Liney, Phillipe Mora, Garry Shead and Martin Sharp.
In 2017The Phantom Show will show from artistsEuan Macleod, Michael Bell, Dallas Bray, Chris Capper, Dino Consalvo, James Drinkwater, Ron Hartree, Aleta Lederwasch, Dietmar Lederwasch, Claire Martin, John Morris, Lezlie Tilley, Peter Tilley, John Turier and Graham Wilson.
In the show: Grace Crowley Abstract painting 1947, NGA.