Unfinished Business
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 oeuvre since 2007. The exhibition showcases Bennett’s key series in depth, his most important and admired works, and includes many works which have rarely if ever been exhibited.

Gordon 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. Audiences will experience almost 200 artworks ranging from installation and sculptural assemblage to painting, drawing, video and ceramics.

Bennett (1955–2014) made a profound and ongoing contribution to contemporary art in Australia and internationally. Born in Queensland, he lived for a significant period of his life in Brisbane and his practice has been notable in the development of art reflecting identity and social conditions during a time of post-colonialism. Working closely with the artist’s estate, the exhibition will give a new sense of Bennett’s aims, ideals and objectives, offering insights through a focus on the serial nature of his practice.


Gordon Bennett, Australia 1955-2014 / Possession Island 1991

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

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 / Number twelve 2007

Gordon Bennett, Australia 1955-2014 / Number twelve 2007 / Synthetic polymer paint on linen / Left panel: 183 x 152cm; right panel: 183 x 152cm / The James C. Sourris AM Collection. Gift of James C. Sourris through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Estate of Gordon Bennett.

Gordon Bennett / Triptych: Requiem, Of Grandeur, Empire 1989

Gordon Bennett, Australia 1955-2014 / Triptych: Requiem, Of Grandeur, Empire 1989 / Oil and photograph on canvas / Triptych: a: 120 x 120cm; b: 200 x 150cm; c: 120 x 120cm / Purchased 1989 under the Contemporary Art Acquisition Program with funds from Hill & Taylor, Solicitors through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Estate of Gordon Bennett.

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