AGWA 40 – Celebrating the anniversary of AGWA’s 1979 Brutalist building.
That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern showcases some of the Gallery’s best works from the decade that saw the opening of AGWA’s much longed-for new Gallery.
Rather than echoing the various high key transformations going on in the pop world at large, these works deal with how space is dealt with in relation to the body, how artists work with the flip between memory and immediate experience and how politics and performance are traversed. In many senses, they are also reflective meditations on what is artistically possible when the turnover of “isms” that characterised the early decades modernism has slowed down and artists are innovating in more subtle and less overt ways.
This show demonstrates a hidden richness and complexity to how we think of the seventies, while also reflecting the building’s own place in the story of modernism, as a regional example of a late Brutalism that itself foregrounds materiality and the experience of place, light and landscape.
Artists featured are Miriam Stannage, Mike Parr and Brian Blanchflower, Robert Rooney, Stephen Shore and Jenny Watson, Howard Hodgkin, Virginia Cuppaidge, Fred Williams and Albert Tucker. AGWA 40 2019, marks and celebrates the 40th year anniversary of the main Gallery building as AGWA presents a series of exhibitions and special events looking at the building: the exhibit Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete, plus talks, performances and a symposium presented with Curtin University’s School of Design and the Built Environment. The art of the 1970s in WA will also be revisited in the exhibition That Seventies Feeling...the Late Modern.
Image Credit: Albert Tucker Untitled Image of Modern Evil [figure with light and traffic director] 1977 watercolour and gouache on paper 30.3 x 40.6 cm State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia Gift of Barbara Tucker, 2005 © The Estate of Barbara Tucker. Courtesy of Sotheby's Australia
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