Bryan Robertson, abstract expressionism and late Modernism in Recent Australian Painting (1961)

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Abstract

Bryan Robertson curated a number of exhibitions of international significance during his time as Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery (1952-1968) and is renowned for bringing the work of American abstract expressionist painters Lee Krasner, Morris Louis, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and others to London's East End. In 1961, the same year as the Rothko exhibition, Robertson staged Recent Australian Painting, a survey exhibition curated with the help of Hal Missingham of AGNSW. Bernard Smith has been an outspoken critic of this exhibition, claiming that Robertson's curatorial leaning was towards primitivism. In Impact of the Modern, Simon Pierse examines the validity of this assertion, exploring modernism and internationalism in relation to the reception of Australian contemporary painting in London in the early nineteen-sixties.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImpact of the Modern
Subtitle of host publicationVernacular Australian Modernities in Australia 1970s-1960s
EditorsRobert Dixon, Veronica Kelly
PublisherSydney University Press
Pages154-167
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781920898892
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2008
EventAustralian Vernacular Modernities conference, University of Queensland - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 05 Dec 200607 Dec 2006

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Vernacular Modernities conference, University of Queensland
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period05 Dec 200607 Dec 2006

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