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Cosmopolitan

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The 1930s was a stimulating period in Australian art, defined by the effects of travel and the exchange of ideas, both artistic and political.

Cosmopolitan: Art from the 1930s in the University of Western Australia Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art explores this vibrant and tumultuous decade in Australian art.

The exhibition comprises works by Australian artists; émigré and refugee artists recently arrived from Europe, such as Elise Blumann and Desiderius Orban; and itinerant travellers such as Ian Fairweather and Danila Vassilieff who spent time in Melbourne in the 1930s. Also included are six American prints gifted to the university in 1949, which can be viewed in concert with Australian prints of the same period.

Additional artists include Lina Bryans, Grace Crowley, Ian Fairweather, James Gleeson, Nora Heysen, Frank Hinder and Ethel Spowers.

Image: Ethel Spowers, Harvest, 1932, linocut, 19.3 x 29.1 cm, The University of Western Australia Art Collection, University Senate Grant, 1982

Exhibition runs

31 August - 7 December 2019

Exhibition poster and book

Cosmopolitan Poster [PDF, 1.5 MB]
Updated 12 Sep 2019


Cosmopolitan_Book [PDF, 7.8 MB]
Updated 12 Sep 2019


Publication

Cover of the Cosmopolitan book with white text on a cropped detail of a painting

Exhibition catalogue - Cosmopolitan: Art from the 1930s in the University of Western Australia Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art

The 1930s was a stimulating period in Australian art, defined by the effects of travel and the exchange of ideas, both artistic and political. Cosmopolitan brings together artworks from across the UWA Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art to explore this vibrant and tumultuous decade.

  • Author: Exhibition curator and Curator of the UWA Art Collection Dr Sally Quin
  • Features: An in-depth essay by Quin reflecting on the period, numerous colour reproductions and a full list of works.

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Preview

An introduction to Cosmopolitan and HERE&NOW19: Material Culture with curators Dr Sally Quin, Joanna Sulkowski and UWA Chief Cultural Officer Ted Snell.

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