Clarice Beckett: The present moment
Though she received little recognition during her lifetime, modernist artist Clarice Beckett is now considered one of Australia's most prominent artists of the early twentieth century. And the Art Gallery of South Australia is staging the largest exhibition of her works to date.
Clarice Beckett: The present moment features almost 130 of the artist's works and paintings, which depict everyday scenes in ethereal, atmospheric landscapes.
The pieces have been arranged to take visitors from day to night, beginning with works set during sunrise through to bright morning scenes, quiet afternoons, dreamy sunsets and moody evenings.
Award-winning violinist Simone Slattery has created an aural response that references Beckett's musical contemporaries, to be performed live at three soundscape tours on February 27, March 21 and May 16. On February 28, Art Music Award for Excellence in Music 2019 recipient Gabriella Smart is premiering a new work inspired by Beckett's life and art, called The delicate illusion of reality.
Throughout Wednesdays in April, the AGSA is hosting mindfulness workshops exploring Beckett's art in a new light, with sessions led by different experts each week. And artist Lucy Turnbull is leading en plain air sessions, with guests painting the Karrawirra Pari (River Torrens) at sunset to recreate the shapes and colours of Beckett's art.
Beckett passed away in 1935 at the age of 48, and it would be another 35 years before she received further recognition for her work. 369 of her paintings were salvaged from a remote shed in rural Victoria – many of which are included in this exhibit, alongside master works borrowed from public and private collections.