4 July - 29 August 2004
Curator: Dr Sally Quin
This exhibition addresses aspects of modernist art in Perth between the 1930s and 1950s by focusing on the art of Portia Bennett (1898-1989), Elise Blumann (1897-1990) and Iris Francis (1913-2004).
Each artist is understood in relation to a key artistic theme, which informs an understanding of Western Australian artistic culture of the time:
Women have been widely acknowledged as central to the modernist art movement in Australia where many received professional training, played key roles in art societies, exhibited widely, and were at the forefront of experimentation with differing media and artistic forms.
Approaches to Modernism brings together a number of works which have not been previously exhibited, and offers an opportunity to explore aspects of Perth culture and environs of the period.