Visual Arts: Cosmopolitan

18 August 2019

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31 Aug – 7 Dec @ Lawrence Wilson Arts Gallery ·
Presented by Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ·

The 1930s was a stimulating period in Australian art, defined by the effects of travel and the exchange of ideas, both artistic and political. ‘ Cosmopolitan: Art from the 1930s in the University of Western Australia Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art’ explores this vibrant and tumultuous decade in Australian art.

The exhibition comprises works by Australian artists; émigré and refugee artists recently arrived from Europe, such as Elise Blumann and Desiderius Orban; and itinerant travellers such as Ian Fairweather and Danila Vassilieff who spent time in Melbourne in the 1930s. Also included are six American prints gifted to the university in 1949, which can be viewed in concert with Australian prints of the same period.

Additional artists include Lina Bryans, Grace Crowley, James Gleeson, Nora Heysen, Frank Hinder and Ethel Spowers.

Join us for opening night: Fri 30 August, 6 – 8pm. Free event, RSVP via

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Pictured: Ethel Spowers, Harvest, 1932, linocut, 19.3 x 29.1 cm,
The University of Western Australia Art Collection, University Senate Grant, 1982

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