“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 ‘20s, decades of great social and cultural transition. While they were not connected by personal familiarity or direct correspondence, 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.
From 11 March, Queensland Art Gallery, Stanley Place, South Bank. 3840 7303. qagoma.qld.gov.au
Grace Cossington Smith, “Trees”, circa 1927, oil on plywood, 91.5 x 74.3cm, Newcastle Art Gallery. Purchased with assistance from the Art Gallery and Conservatorium Committee, 1967. © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith. From the exhibition “O’keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism” at Queensland Art Gallery.