Cream: Four Decades of Australian Art chronicles the development of modernism in Australia from 1940 to 1980. Grace Cossington Smith’s Drapery in the studio 1940 demonstrates the predominance of post-impressionism and European influences in Australian art at that time. The painting also indicates an end point for euro-centric influences and a new era of a truly ‘Australian’ style. In a post-Second World War environment, themes that emerged include universal mythologies in an Australian context, a revised representation of the Australian landscape, portraiture, and social realist depictions of marginalised Australians.
Cream: Four Decades of Australian Art is a Rockhampton Art Gallery exhibition, toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Visions of Australia program. Funding for insurance has been provided through the Queensland Government Exhibition Indemnification Scheme, administered by Arts Queensland. Project support has come from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Rockhampton Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
Rockhampton Art Gallery is owned and operated by Rockhampton Regional Council.
Tour dates 2014
Rockhampton Art Gallery, QLD: 14 February - 27 April 2014
McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, VIC: 11 May - 3 August 2014
Western Plains Cultural Centre, NSW: 29 August - 19 October 2014
Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD: 29 October - 14 December 2014
Tour dates 2015
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 6 January - 15 February 2015
Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW: 20 February - 12 April 2015
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, QLD: 17 April - 20 June 2015
Artspace Mackay, QLD: 4 September - 18 October 2015
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 24 October - 21 November 2015
Tour dates 2016
Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD: 8 January - 13 March 2016
Banner image above: Arthur Boyd (1920-1999), Woman in a jinker (detail), 1976. Oil on canvas, 182.7 x 175.3 cm. Rockhampton Art Gallery collection, Art Acquisition Fund, purchased with the assistance of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council 1976. Reproduced with the permission of Bundanon Trust.