Mak­ing Modernism

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“O’ke­effe, Pre­ston, Coss­ing­ton Smith: Mak­ing Modernism” show­cases the iconic art of Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe, one of the most sig­nif­i­cant Amer­i­can painters of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury, along­side mod­ernist mas­ter­pieces by the cel­e­brated and pi­o­neer­ing Aus­tralian artists, Mar­garet Pre­ston and Grace Coss­ing­ton Smith. Born in the late nine­teenth cen­tury, the three painters came of age dur­ing the 1910s and 1920s, decades of great so­cial and cul­tural tran­si­tion. While they were not con­nected by per­sonal fa­mil­iar­ity or di­rect corre-spon­dence, they were kin­dred spir­its, re­ject­ing the artis­tic con­ven­tions of the past and forg­ing new ways of pic­tur­ing the chang­ing world. United by their love of na­ture, O’ke­effe, Pre­ston and Coss­ing­ton Smith de­vel­oped sub­jects from their im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings into dis­tinct in­ter­pre­ta­tions of place.

Un­til 11 June, Queens­land Art Gallery, Stan­ley Place, South Bank. 3840 7303. qagoma.qld.gov.au

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7–9 April, Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, South Bank. 132 849. ticketek.com.au

Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe, “Pe­tu­nia No. 2”, 1924, oil on can­vas, 91.4 x 76.2 cm, Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe Mu­seum. Gift of The Bur­nett Foun­da­tion and Ger­ald and Kath­leen Peters. © Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe Mu­seum. From the ex­hi­bi­tion “O’ke­effe, Pre­ston, Coss­ing­ton Smith: Mak­ing Modernism” at Queens­land Art Gallery.

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