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"Resonating: Denise Green"
2001-03-31 until 2001-04-29
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Resonating: Denise Green is the second survey exhibition of
this Australian-born artistís work to be held at the Art Gallery of
New South Wales. Denise Green Project 32, curated by Bernice
Murphy, was on view in 1980, and this current exhibition brings
our view of her work up to the present.
Through twenty paintings and sixty-two works on paper
Resonating: Denise Green traces the evolution of her work
from the monochromatic canvasses of the early seventies through
explorations of black and white in the nineties to recent works
characterised by more densely imaged compositions, with the
fluidity and translucency of background incorporated into her
trademark style. This is a touring exhibition that originated at the
Brisbane City Gallery. Concurrently a survey exhibition that was
launched in New York in 1999 at the Museum of Modern Artís
annex, P.S.I. Contemporary Art Center and toured to other
Museums in the United States, is now touring in Europe with stops
in Warsaw, Budapest and Klagenfurt.
Born in Melbourne, Denise Green left for Europe at the age of 17.
She attended both the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts and the
Sorbonne in Paris, and studied in New York with both Mark
Rothko and Robert Motherwell.
She first received public recognition in New York when her
richly-coloured canvases holding single shapes were prominently
featured in the New Image Painting exhibition at the Whitney
Museum in 1978 with works by artists such as Susan Rothenberg,
Jennifer Bartlett and Neil Jenney. Resonating: Denise Green
emphasises the artistís complex understanding of painting that is
based on a combination of Aboriginal and Modern Western
approaches. She notes, growing up in Australia at a time when
we were beginning to recognise the heritage of Aboriginal art and
Culture, I could not help but be influenced by both the symbolic
traditions of Western art and the metonymic approach of
Aboriginal artists, guardians of the dreamtime.
Since 1972, her work has been the subject of 74 solo exhibitions
and has been included in almost 100 group exhibitions worldwide.
Well-represented in the collections of Australian public galleries,
her works has also been acquired international private and public
collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum;
National Gallery of Art, Washington; Corcoran Gallery of Art,
Washington DC; and the Graphische Sammlung Albertina in
A 42 page full colour catalogue, designed by Brian Sadgrove and
with an essay by the art historian Tiffany Bell, will accompany the
exhibition. Support for Resonating: Denise Green and its tour
has come from Ian and Christine George and Qantas Airways