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Title

Cool corner II

(1968)


Artist

John Peart

Australia

10 Dec 1945 - 30 Sep 2013


About

After attending the Museum of Modern Art travelling exhibition 'Two decades of American painting' in 1966–67 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney artist John Peart decided to 'clear the decks' and pursue a reductive brand of abstraction between 1967–68. Peart's paintings from this period are distinguished by their cool monochromatic colours and modular, semi-sculptural stretchers.

At the time, Peart was concerned with 'the notion of the painted object' as well as the spatial and optical possibilities of the square picture plane. These concerns were brought to the fore in 'Cool corner II', which cemented Peart's reputation as one of the leading abstractionists of his generation when it was first shown in 'The field' exhibition in 1968. In reference to the focalising effect of its jutting triangular corners and shifting shades of light blue, curator John Stringer deemed 'Cool corner II' to be 'hypnotic'.


Details


Other Title

Corner square diagonal [titled in 'The field' exhibition catalogue]


Date

(1968)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

236.2 x 236.2 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 1968


Location

Not on display


Accession number

OA27.1968


Artist information

John Peart

Works in the collection

27


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history