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  • Gordon Bennett, Possession Island, 1991, oil and acrylic on canvas, two parts, overall 63 3/4 × 102 3/8". © The Estate of Gordon Bennett

    Gordon Bennett, Possession Island, 1991, oil and acrylic on canvas, two parts, overall 63 3/4 × 102 3/8". © The Estate of Gordon Bennett

    “Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett”

    Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
    Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank
    November 7, 2020–March 21, 2021

    Curated by Zara Stanhope

    The intelligence and passion of Gordon Bennett’s politically committed post-appropriation art struck a chord with the postcolonial ambitions of the 1990s. His “history painting,” as he called his large-scale canvases at the time, provoked a radical revision of Australia’s past, fueling the meteoric rise of a career that left an indelible mark on Australian art and brought Bennett to international attention. This full survey of more than 150 works—the first since the artist’s untimely passing in 2014 at the age of fifty-eight—includes a special focus on his rarely seen works on paper. Though Bennett’s art galvanized an emerging generation of urban Indigenous artists, he situated his practice widely in contemporary contexts. High points of this agenda include his remarkable series “Notes to Basquiat,” 1998–2002, which culminated in references to 9/11, and his late abstractions, which are most revealing of his aesthetic ambitions.