Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940 –- 2011

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Jeffrey Smart
The construction fence 1978
oil and acrylic on canvas
88.5 x 228.4 cm
Gift of Eva and Marc Besen 2001,
TarraWarra Museum of Art collection

21 December 2012 - 1 April 2013

TarraWarra Museum of Art in partnership with the Samstag Museum of Art present Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940 – 2011, a major survey exhibition of over forty paintings from one of Australia’s most important living painters: Jeffrey Smart. Master of Stillness is an extraordinary opportunity to experience a broad range of works from this significant artist, featuring iconic works on loan from all over Australia and overseas (including five works from the TarraWarra Museum of Art collection), assembled by curator Barry Pearce, Emeritus Curator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Jeffrey Smart’s work has been a part of Australian culture for more than half a century. The painter’s iconic urban landscapes have seeped into our national consciousness, and are among our most famous and beloved paintings. Smart is Australia’s master of the urban vision; seeing beauty in the landscapes of modernism, his works feature industrial wastelands and concrete streetscapes with precise attention to clean lines, composition and geometry.

Exhibition curator Barry Pearce said, ‘Jeffrey Smart created an entirely new vernacular of modern painting. He confronted a brave new universe of technology and architecture and declared that it was beautiful. He became its poet.’

This major exhibition gives due recognition to Smart’s exceptional achievements over a long life in art, and his exemplary contribution to Australian painting that continues today. Awarded the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to visual arts, Smart’s work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, all Australian State galleries, and internationally by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of South Australia.

Last day Easter Monday, 1 April 2013

Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940-2011 Admission Prices
Adult $12
Concession $8 (includes pension card holders, students, children under 16yo, veterans affairs card holders)

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Indemnification for this exhibition is provided by the Victorian Government
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