State of Abstraction

State of Abstraction brings together abstract works by some of Western Australia’s most historically important artists alongside newcomers and lesser-known makers.

Spanning the second half of the twentieth century to the present day, the exhibition examines the ways (and reasons) these artists have been so committed to staging profoundly heightened encounters with the complex intersections between materiality, meaning, perception, place, time, history and identity.

Cathy Blanchflower, Atlas IV, 1997, oil on cotton canvas, 170 × 160cm. The State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 1998. Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of Western Australia

Drawn from the State Art Collection, works include those of Mark Grey-Smith, Jurek Wybraniec, Robert Juniper, Brian Blanchflower, Meeyakba Shane Pickett, Alex Spremberg, Miriam Stannage, Rebecca Baumann, Helen Smith, Michele Theunissen amongst many others.

Art Gallery of Western Australia
4 November 2023 to 10 March 2024

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