Charles Black­man: ‘School­girls’ at Heide

Where Melbourne - - Where Now Exhibitions - From 4 March, Tue–sun 10am–5pm, Heide Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, 7 Tem­plestowe Road, Bulleen. 9850 1500. heide.com.au

A new ex­hi­bi­tion at Heide Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art re­unites Charles Black­man’s renowned work “School­girls” for the first time. Black­man pro­duced the “School­girl” series be­tween 1952 and 1955, seal­ing his rep­u­ta­tion as a sig­nif­i­cant pain­ter of mod­ern life in the post-war era. Through his evoca­tive de­pic­tions of uni­formed, of­ten soli­tary school­girls in ur­ban set­tings per­vaded by men­ac­ing un­der­tones, Black­man ex­plored the themes of alien­ation, vul­ner­a­bil­ity and in­no­cence un­der threat. As well as re­unit­ing many of the ma­jor paint­ings for the first time, the ex­hi­bi­tion also in­cludes key works cre­ated along­side the series, dis­play­ing them with re­lated draw­ings, prints, rare three di­men­sional pieces and orig­i­nal archival ma­te­rial from Heide’s ex­ten­sive Charles Black­man pa­pers.

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