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Untitled (Concept for the Art Gallery of New South Wales)



Gordon Bennett


1955 – 03 Jun 2014

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Sculpture , Installation
    Materials used
    mixed media
    dimensions variable :

    a - Court 8 model, 36.5 x 141.5 x 49 cm

    b - plinth, 81.5 x 124.6 x 32.9 cm

    c - Yiribana model, 32 x 163.5 x 119.7 cm

    d - plinth, 81.4 x 146.8 x 103.5 cm

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Leanne Bennett 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © The Estate of Gordon Bennett
    Artist information
    Gordon Bennett

    Works in the collection


  • About

    'Untitled (Concept for the Art Gallery of New South Wales)' is a scale model of a site-specific 'curatorial' intervention that Bennett devised for the 2008 Biennale of Sydney. His initial proposal involved a radical reorganisation of artworks in the Gallery's collection. Modernist and colonial portraits would be relocated from the Old Courts to the Yiribana Galleries; in turn, paintings by Indigenous artists would be moved from the Yiribana Galleries to the Old Courts. Additionally, Bennett proposed that all the works in these galleries be hung upside down. Through these dual acts of juxtaposition and inversion, his intention was to 'invite new readings' of the collection by highlighting different cultural perspectives onto landscape, the abstract nature of painting, and the antipodean mythology that has informed Australia's national narrative. Ultimately, his proposal was not realised, leading Bennett to exhibit this model instead.

    Bennett wrote at the time:
    "By dislocating select paintings from their usual exhibition space, and interspersing Indigenous with 'Australian' artworks, the intervention may be understood as breaking down a conceptual framework that is at play within the gallery's established collecting and exhibiting policy. It is my intention that the intervention will create a new set of relationships that will allow the viewer to see the familiar order of the collection anew, creating fresh possibilities for the understanding of these pictures and the conventional history through which they are understood."

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

Other works by Gordon Bennett

See all 7 works