the austere everyday
John Brack Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage 1969,oil on canvas. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Purchased with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Purchase Grant from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council 1975; Cecil John Brack Head and arms (Barbara Blackman) 1954, black conté on ivory wove paper. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Purchased with funds provided by the Arthur Boyd Acquisition Fund 1996 © Helen Brack
A heightened vision of postwar Australian life
John Brack’s art imposes order on the everyday, with an austere classicism that urges us to look at the Australian experience anew. His paintings and drawings of individuals, suburban life and carefully arranged inanimate objects were unique in modern Australian art. Seemingly rendered with a cool detachment, they are both intimate and universal, and among the great works of late 20th-century Australian art.
This focus exhibition is drawn from the Gallery’s outstanding collection of Brack’s paintings, prints and drawings from across his career of this major postwar Australian modernist, including recent acquisitions.
11 Jul – 1 Nov 2020
Lowy, Gonski Gallery