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Golden era of Australian art
Birth of the Cool is a new art exhibition currently showing at the Samstag Gallery, Adelaide. It showcases a selection of works by four painters: David Aspden, Sydney Ball, Michael Johnson and Dick Watkins. It features a simple hard edge abstract style from the decade between 1963 and 1973.
David Aspden, Outer Spice 1969 – Photo Jenny Esots
These works presented a new era in there day. They presented new Australian art which had many detractors. These works then went out of favour in the art world but are now reemerging, hence the somewhat ironic title. Art becomes dated, discredited and then rediscovered and reinvented for new audiences. A cycle of life in the art world.
David Aspden, Norfolk Five 1970– Photo Jenny Esots
This collection of works has been curated by Terence Mallon, who has collated works from private and institutional collections across Australia. The brilliant abstraction dominates, draws the viewer in and excites. The vivid lines and brash colours can be seen as the forefathers of graffiti's street art. Another new generation of artists fifty years later with vehement detrators. The cycle of the life in the art world goes on.
Sydney Ball Pawnee Summer 1973 – Photo Jenny Esots