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Title

Signing


Artist

Grace Cossington Smith

Australia

1892 - 20 Dec 1984


About

'Signing' is about the historic Yalta Agreement in 1945. It is a tense, ambiguous depiction of the encounter of the world leaders, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, with photographers in the background. The artist focuses our attention on the act of signing, as if to convey that with a stroke of a pen the fate of millions of lives is sealed.


Details


Date

1945


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on paperboard


Dimensions

58.5 d 72.0 cm board; 71.9 x 85.3 x 5.5 cm frame :

0 - Whole; 58.4 x 72.2 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, black ink "G Cossington Smith. 45".


Credit

Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 1976


Location

Not on display


Accession number

187.1976


Artist information

Grace Cossington Smith

Works in the collection

24


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Manly Art Gallery and Museum (Editor), Artists as social commentators and activists, Sydney, 2007, 30, 6 (colour illus.).

Ann Proudfoot (Curator), An expanded view: the Mary Turner Collection at Orange Regional Gallery, 'List of works', pg. 117-124, Orange, 2011, 122.

Alan Sisley, Central Western Daily, 'Colourful characters from a shady past', n.pag., Orange, 29 Oct 2011, n.pag. (colour illus.). Article relates to the exhibition 'An expanded vision: Mary Turner collection' held at Orange Regional Gallery in 2011.

Virginia Spate, Art Monthly Australia, 'Amazing Grace: Thoughts inspired by the Grace Cossington Smith exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra', pg. 22-30, Canberra, Aug 2005, 27-28.

Catherine Speck, Painting ghosts: Australian women artists in wartime, Melbourne, 2004, 192 (colour illus.), 193, 233. illus.no. 115

Daniel Thomas, Grace Cossington Smith, 'Modernity and inwards', pg. 102-107, Canberra, 2005, 102 (illus.), 147-148, 149 (colour illus.), 179.