2 July–6 September
Monash University Museum of Art, Clayton
Developed in association with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Brisbane dates: 18 October–29 NovemberCurators: Max Delany, Robert Leonard
Texts: Max Delany, Diena Georgetti, Robert Leonard
Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, in partnership with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, is pleased to present the first major survey exhibition of leading Australian artist Diena Georgetti. The Humanity of Abstract Painting reveals two decades of Georgetti’s enigmatic and elusive artistic practice; from her early blackboard paintings that achieved considerable critical attention when first shown in the late 1980s, to recent paintings that co-opt early modernist styles to new ends. This survey exhibition will present the full scope of Georgetti’s intriguing and diverse oeuvre, allowing us to take stock of its breadth and development. The Humanity of Abstract Painting 1988-2008 will bring together works from various private collections throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as several public collections.
Following her first individual and group exhibitions in Brisbane from 1986, Georgetti held solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, 1988; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1989; Store 5, Melbourne, annually from 1990-93; 200 Gertrude Street (now Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces), 1993; and Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide, 1994.Georgetti was represented in the 9th Biennale of Sydney in 1992, and Australian Perspecta 1995, both at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and has participated in a significant number of group exhibitions and curatorial projects, including 21st Century Modern – 2006 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2006 and Pitch Your Own Tent: Art Projects |Store 5 |1st Floor, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2005 and Post Contemporary Painting, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 2004 Diena Georgetti is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney; Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington; Michael Lett, Auckland and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.