That Seventies Feeling...the Late Modern

That Seventies Feeling...the Late Modern

AGWA 40 – Celebrating the Art Gallery of WA’s 1979 Brutalist building anniversary.

Full of surprises and rarely seen works, That Seventies Feeling...the Late Modern examines a transformative decade for WA, the Gallery and the world at large. Culturally, it was the decade of punk, glam rock, disco, Star Wars, Vietnam, the beginning and end of the Whitlam Government, and when Perth started to pump culturally – marked by the opening of the ‘new’ building in 1979.

That Seventies Feeling will look at the art of this time which saw a surge of works acquired by the Gallery both from WA artists and across the world. Artists featured Miriam Stannage, Nola Farman, Mike Parr and Brian Blanchflower, with hip new visions by Robert Rooney, Stephen Shore and Jenny Watson, and late work by modernists such as Howard Hodgkin, Virginia Cuppaidge, Fred Williams and Albert Tucker.

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AGWA 40

2019 marks and celebrates the 40th year anniversary of the main Gallery building as AGWA presents a series of exhibitions and special events looking at the building: the exhibit Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concreteplus talks, performances and a symposium presented with Curtin University’s School of Architecture. The art of the 1970s in WA will also be revisited in the exhibition That Seventies Feeling...the Late Modern.