6 Jul – 7 Oct 2013
Location: Major exhibition gallery
In the decades between the two world wars, progressive artists explored and promoted modernity through revolutions in colour and light.
Their exuberant, cosmopolitan paintings, prints, sculptures, designs and applied arts represent one of the most distinctive and innovative periods in the history of Australian art. From the early 1910s, these artists created images of the modern metropolis and the dynamic patterns of modern living under light-filled skies or in richly coloured interiors.
Focusing on works created between 1915 and 1942 by artists largely based in Sydney, this exhibition explores the complex phenomenon of early Australian modernism, its relationship to internationalism and to Australian nationalism, and its path to abstraction. Artists include Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo,Tempe Manning, Roy de Maistre, Roland Wakelin, Grace Cossington Smith, Margaret Preston, Gladys Reynell, Anne Dangar, Thea Proctor, Grace Crowley, Ralph Balson, Rah Fizelle, Frank and Margel Hinder, Margo and Gerald Lewers, Dorrit Black, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Max Dupain and Eric Wilson.
Image: Roy de Maistre Rhythmic composition in yellow green minor 1919 (detail)