State of Abstraction

State of Abstraction

State of Abstraction brings together abstract works by some of Western Australia’s most historically important artists alongside newcomers and lesser-known makers.

Spanning the second half of the twentieth century to the present day, the exhibition examines the ways (and reasons) these artists have been so committed to staging profoundly heightened encounters with the complex intersections between materiality, meaning, perception, place, time, history and identity.

Drawn from the State Art Collection, works include those of Mark Grey-Smith, Jurek Wybraniec, Robert Juniper, Brian Blanchflower, Meeyakba Shane Pickett, Alex Spremberg, Miriam Stannage, Rebecca Baumann, Helen Smith, Michele Theunissen amongst many others.

The exhibition forms part of Re/Collections, a series of exhibitions presenting new ways of seeing, sharing, and showcasing works in the State Art Collection.

List of artists

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The life of art begins in the bodies and minds of artists, their act of making bringing the work into being. In some ways we, the audience, also play a role in actualising their creative objective by engaging with their work. What this might stir in us as participants is gently guided by the work, in concert with our lived experience we bring to this moment.

Isobel Wise
AGWA Associate Curator Australian & Western Australian Art Post 1970
On Saturday 27 August, the Gallery is open 10am-3pm only as we prepare for the AGWA Foundation Gala supporting women in the arts. Some exhibition access will be disrupted with two Tracks We Share ground floor galleries closed. AGWA Rooftop bar will be closed, reopening at 2pm Sunday. Details