Sunday, 20 March 2011

Mark Pennings' lecture Thursday 24th

The lecture focussed on a fascinating and pivotal time in Australian art, mainly during the 1950s and 1960s. What happened when figurative art and abstraction went head to head?  

Painters such as Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman and Robert Dickerson were compared to the emerging internationalist aesthetic developed by artists such as David Aspen, Robert Jacks and Syd Ball, and the Australian Field exhibition of 1968. 

 Abstract paintings exhibited in the Field exhibition were discussed in terms of the ways viewers were expected to view them at the time, as an experience, without expectation of any narrative or reference to anything but the painting itself.

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