Clarice Beckett: The Present Moment at AGSA | 27 Feb – 16 May 2021

Clarice Beckett: The present moment at the Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia will present the most comprehensive retrospective ever staged of Clarice Beckett, one of Australia’s most enigmatic and admired modernist painters. Clarice Beckett: The present moment, will see nearly 130 works by the artist on display as part of the 2021 Adelaide Festival in February 2021.

Associated with a legendary story of rediscovery, Clarice Beckett is celebrated for her ethereal, atmospheric landscape paintings capturing the commonplace. In 1935 Clarice Beckett died at the age of forty-eight.  For the next thirty-five years, her work vanished from art history before being rescued by Dr Rosalind Hollinrake. Hollinrake salvaged 369 of the artist’s neglected canvases from a remote, open-sided shed in rural Victoria. Hollinrake’s extensive research and promotion led to Beckett’s recognition as a major force in Australian modernism.

The present moment includes many of the salvaged paintings. Additionally, it features her master works drawn from national public collections as well as private collections including Russell Crowe and Ben Quilty. Misunderstood in her lifetime, this exhibition presents Beckett as an artist driven by spiritual impulses rather than worldly success.

Her timeless and incidental everyday scenes have been curated to chart the chronology of one single day. The present moment exhibition will take visitors on a sensory journey from the first breath of sunrise, through to the hush of sunset and finally a return into the enveloping mists of nightfall.

Tickets for this major exhibition are currently on sale.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the AGSA website.

What:  Clarice Beckett: The present moment at AGSA

When:  Saturday 27 February – Sunday 16 May 2021

Where:  Art Gallery of South Australia | North Terrace

Who:  Everyone

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