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Denise Green: The Heide Collection

03 9850 1500

Until 18 Jun 2017

This exhibition in Heide II traces 40 years of painting and drawing by Denise Green, an expatriate Australian artist who has lived in New York since 1969. Green’s earliest works in the exhibition are drawn from a series that featured in the Whitney’s New Image Painting exhibition in 1978, which identified a new generation of artists whose work re-introduced the depiction of objects in response to the pure abstraction of the 1960s.

Her objects are characteristically simple and archetypal: a fan, a tree, a needle, a vessel, often centrally presented against a reduced background.

Green’s distinctive visual language draws upon sources as diverse as eastern calligraphy, Groote Eylant bark paintings, 1960s American abstraction (in which she was schooled under Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell), and Etruscan pottery. These are synthesised in an intuitive painting style which gives expressive shape to ideas and emotional states that are rooted in deeply personal experiences.

Content: Heide Museum of Modern Art

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