The Art of Gordon Bennett
07 Nov 2020 – 21 Mar 2021
GOMA | Gallery 3.3 & 3.4 Marica Sourris & James C. Sourris AM Galleries | Free
‘Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett’ is the first large-scale exhibition of Bennett’s work and features 200 artworks ranging from installation and sculptural assemblage to painting, drawing, video and ceramics.
In his lifetime, Bennett was widely regarded as one of Queensland’s, and indeed one of Australia’s, most perceptive and inventive contemporary artists. Queensland-born, Bennett (1955–2014) was deeply engaged with questions of identity, perception and the construction of history, and made a profound and ongoing contribution to contemporary art in Australia and internationally.
Bennett voraciously consumed art history, current affairs, rap music and fiction, and processed it all into an unflinching critique of how identities are constituted and how history shapes individual and shared cultural conditions.
Working closely with the artist’s estate, the exhibition gives a new sense of Bennett’s aims, ideals and objectives, offering insights through a focus on the serial nature of his practice.
Tour provided courtesy of Little Hinges
Gordon Bennett, Australia 1955-2014 / Possession Island 1991 / Oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Two parts: 162 x 260cm (overall) / Purchased with funds from the Foundation for the Historic Houses Trust, Museum of Sydney Appeal, 2007 / Collection: Museum of Sydney, Sydney Living Museums / © Estate of Gordon Bennett .
Gordon Bennett , Australia 1955-2014 / After Basquiat 1993 / Watercolour on postcard paper / 14.7 x 10.5cm / Collection: The Estate of Gordon Bennett / © Estate of Gordon Bennett .
Gordon Bennett, Australia 1955-2014 / Notes to Basquiat: Bird 2001 / Synthetic polymer paint on linen / 152 x 182.5 cm / Collection: The Estate of Gordon Bennett / © The Estate of Gordon Bennett.