I was looking forward to seeing Georgia O'Keefe's sensual floral paintings and was left a little disappointed by the ones selected to be shown. You'll see her paintings of Storm Cloud, Lake George 1923, The Black Iris 1926 and Ram's Head, Blue Morning Glory 1938. There are some gorgeous paintings of mountains, abstractions and leaves. Her use of shading in oil is exquisite. The short documentary about Georgia is well worth watching and you can hear how she gained her reputation.
I came away appreciating Australian Margaret Preston's work more. Her colour selection is a true reflection of the bush colours, and she celebrates our flora with a unique take on the traditional still life.
Grace Cossington Smith paints in a distinct style, and what a privilege to be able to paint the Sydney Harbour Bridge as it was being built. I liked her earlier works more.
Making Modernism is a wonderful ode to three ground-breaking female artists.
It is showing at the Queensland Art Gallery from Saturday 11th March to Sunday 11th June 2017.
About Making Modernism
Making Modernism' draws together around thirty works by each artist from the breadth of their careers and is presented in partnership with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe; Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales and supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Gordon Darling Foundation.