An image of Cool corner II

John Peart

(Australia 10 Dec 1945 – 30 Sep 2013)

Cool corner II

Other titles:
Corner square diagonal [titled in 'The field' exhibition catalogue]
Not on display
Further information

After attending the Museum of Modern Art travelling exhibition 'Two decades of American painting' in 1966–67 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney artist John Peart decided to 'clear the decks' and pursue a reductive brand of abstraction between 1967–68. Peart's paintings from this period are distinguished by their cool monochromatic colours and modular, semi-sculptural stretchers.

At the time, Peart was concerned with 'the notion of the painted object' as well as the spatial and optical possibilities of the square picture plane. These concerns were brought to the fore in 'Cool corner II', which cemented Peart's reputation as one of the leading abstractionists of his generation when it was first shown in 'The field' exhibition in 1968. In reference to the focalising effect of its jutting triangular corners and shifting shades of light blue, curator John Stringer deemed 'Cool corner II' to be 'hypnotic'.

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
236.2 x 236.2 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of the artist 1968
Accession number
© Estate of John Peart