6th international biennale of non objective art
Melbourne virtual satellite 'The home show'
Hosted by Art Thoughts AU at Yarra Bend Gallery
September 22 - 19 November
Curated by Terri Brooks and Louise Blyton
International curator Billy Gruner
Bienniale Curator Roland Orepuk
Rose Moxham (qld), Marlene Sarroff (nsw), Suzan Shutan (us), Louise Gresswell
Irene Barberis, Jennifer Joseph, Wilma Tabacco, Louise Blyton, Karen Schifano (us)
Anna Caione, Emma Langridge, Suzie Idiens (nsw), Susan Buret (nsw)
Bogumila Strojna (fr), Danielle Lescot (fr), Connie Goldman (us), Sarah Robson (nsw)
Munira Naqui (us), Wendy Kelly, Terri Brooks
When Kazimir Malevich exhibited the revolutionary painting ‘Black Square’ circa 1915, he transformed Modernism. Malevich said of the painting ‘the experience of pure non-objectivity in the white emptiness of a liberated nothing’.
A century on from the genesis of non-objectivity and concrete art within Western Art there has been a succession of relative movements in Modernism, some of which are Suprematism, Constructivism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, ZERO, Arte Povera, Op Art, Minimalism, Hard Edge Painting, Process Art and Neo-Geo.
Coinciding with the Women’s Liberation Movement gaining traction in the 1960s a few non-male artists such as Agnes Martin, Anne Truitt, Jo Baer and Bridget Riley gained major recognition within ‘Abstraction’. ‘Que des femmes’/Only Women, is the 6th Biennale of Non Objective Art and is dedicated to the work of women. The premier exhibition is in France, with satellites, including this Melbourne edition.
The history of Western Art is by and large a male artist history.
Today women artists are free to invent their own histories.
Terri Brooks, White Paint, 2021,
oil on paper, 27 x 20 x 12 cm. (ceramics Kris Coad).
Louise Blyton, X, 2021,
acrylic on linen on wood, 31 x 31 cm.
Anna Caione, La Mamma Disperso, 2020,
mixed media, acrylic paint, 40 x 12 cm.
Sarah Robson, Unfolding geometries (shirt grid), 2018,
cotton shirt, 50 x 25 cm.