AGWA 40 – celebrating the anniversary of AGWA's 1979 Brutalist building.
That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern showcases some of the Art 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.
Full of surprises and rarely seen works, That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern examines a transformative decade for Western Australia, the Gallery and the world at large.
Featuring artists Miriam Stannage, Virginia Cuppaidge, Mike Parr and Brian Blanchflower, hip new visions by Robert Rooney, Stephen Shore and Jenny Watson, and late work by modernists Howard Hodgkin, Fred Williams and Albert Tucker you’ll be transported back to the decade that shaped modern Australia.
Image credit - Robert Rooney
Superknit 2 1970
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
152.5 x 228.5 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
© Robert Rooney 1970