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An image of Signing by Grace Cossington Smith

Grace Cossington Smith

(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)

Media category
Materials used
oil on paperboard

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".
Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 1976
Accession number
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith
Not on display
Further information

'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.

Bibliography (6)

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, Acton, Aug 2005, 27-28.

Catherine Speck, Painting ghosts: Australian women artists in wartime, Melbourne, 2004, 192 (colour illus.), 193, 233. 115

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

Exhibition history (4)

Grace Cossington Smith (1976), Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 03 Mar 1976–15 Mar 1976

Grace Cossington Smith: a retrospective exhibition (2005):

Artists as Social Commentators and Activists 1946-2006:

An expanded vision: Mary Turner collection, Orange Regional Gallery, Australia, 27 Aug 2011–30 Oct 2011