Back in November, with my annual Christmas card deadline looming and no idea what my theme would be as yet, I happened to catch a documentary on ABC called Finding The Field: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/finding-the-field
Like a love letter to Australia’s colour field art movement and the process NGV curators Beckett Rozentals (Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts) and Jane Devery (Contemporary Art) went through, in collaboration with surviving artists, to restage the NGV’s 1968 inaugural exhibition, The Field, for it’s 50th anniversary earlier this year.
Fab insights into Australia’s art scene in the 1960s, geographically isolated but spontaneously breaking away from more traditional, figurative art – part of the global response to the political and social climate of the day – and forging a new creative process, philosophy and aesthetic all our own.
The forms, patterns, surfaces and colours are startling now – let alone for a 1960s market and public accustomed to more traditional painting and sculpture – and happily provided the inspiration and creative stimulation I needed.
Works from the exhibition that I particularly loved (bottom L to R)
1. Janet Dawson, Rollascape 2, 1968
2. Dale Hickey, Untitled, 1967
3. Wendy Paramor, Luke, 1967