Her work shone a light on female subjectivity at a time when Australian art was rigorously masculine. Now Heide Museum of Modern Art celebrates the centenary of the birth of Australian modernist artist Joy Hester (1920–1960) with a major survey of her distinctive oeuvre.
Joy Hester: Remember Me brings together more than 140 significant works from public and private collections to create the first solo exhibition of her art in more than 20 years. Pieces on display range from finished art to seldom-seen impromptu studies that shed light on her creative process.
Working almost exclusively in brush and ink, Hester focused on the expressive potential of the figure and face as metaphors for the human condition, setting her work apart from the mainstream mid-century Australian artists of the time.
Largely overlooked in her lifetime despite being an integral figure in the so-called ‘Angry Penguins’ group, Hester is now considered one of the most compelling Australian artists of her generation. Heide artistic director Lesley Harding says, “She was avant-garde in the most literal sense of the term: experimental, unorthodox and original.”
The exhibition will run from November 28 to February 14. Tickets remain at the regular price ($20 full / $15 concession) but must be pre-booked, and will be timed to ensure limited numbers.
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