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O'Keeffe Preston Cossington Smith : Making Modernism

written by Lesley Harding, Denise Mimmocchi

Art Gallery of NSW & Heide Museum of Modern Art | ISBN 9781921330537

Paperback – 216 pages


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O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith is published with a ground‐breaking touring exhibition that brings together the iconic art of American Georgia O’Keeffe with modernist masterpieces by two of Australia’s most celebrated and pioneering modernist painters, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith. The publication brings fresh perspectives on the works of these celebrated modernists, illuminating some of the artistic and cultural parallels and common themes between American and Australian modernism while exploring each artist’s unique contribution to international developments of modernism.
While O’Keeffe, Preston and Cossington Smith developed highly individual styles, they are connected by their choice of subject, their experimentation with light, colour and form, and their commitment to presenting alternative ways of seeing the world. Each modernised their sense of place, developing new art forms that expressed their respective nations. In considering the similarities and distinctions in their art, this publication aims to bring a deeper understanding of modernism’s dispersal and reinvention as it developed beyond the metropolitan wellspring of Europe.
Through a selection of wondrous images and engaging and enlightening essays, this book explores the distinct contributions made by O’Keeffe, Preston and Cossington Smith to the movement of modernism throughout their prolific careers.


CONTRIBUTORS: Lesley Harding, Denise Mimmocchi, Rebecca Coates, Deborah Edwards, Cody Hartley, Carolyn Kastner, Bruce James, Tracey Lock, Kyla McFarlane, Robyn Martin-Weber, Cara Pinchbeck, Kathleen Pyne, Kira Randolph, Jason Smith, and Ann Stephen

Presented by the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of NSW in partnership with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe and the Queensland Art Gallery.

Published in 2016 by Art Gallery of New South Wales and Heide Museum of Modern Art


Georgia O'Keeffe, Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith

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