The artwork of talented women in tumultuous times

A new exhibition showcasing the work of talented Australian women in the 1930’s has opened at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of WA.

University of Western Australia (UWA) cultural Professor Ted Snell said the art exhibition was entitled Cosmopolitan and the inclusion of the female artists’ work was a deliberate policy.

“This is the exhibition of 1930s contemporary work made at the time but with a lot of women artist as well,” he said.

“So yes, we are trying to slightly change the balance.”

Professor Snell said during the 1930’s some Australians artists went abroad to study modern art while others emigrated to Australia because of the collapse of democracy.

“People like Harald Vike who is an artist who emigrated from Norway who came and documented social conditions,” Professor Snell said.

“Australia had influx with artists and ideas into Australian contemporary art.”

The curator of the UWA’s Art Collection based at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Dr Sally Quin said the purpose of Cosmopolitan was to illuminate the artwork of the period.

“It expands the period basically from the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the beginning of the Great Depression through to Second World War essentially,” said Dr Quin.

Dr Quin said the exhibition was difficult to present due to it being defined by eclecticism and a diversity of artworks.

“There are works related to the Depression, poverty of Depression and they celebrate technology,” she said.

“There is no consistent style and theme.

“It creates a kind of coherent experience from a very diverse range of art works.”

This art exhibition will run within from August 31 to December 7, 2019.

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