The exhibition traces the disruptive impact of the influx of European émigré artists who arrived in Adelaide around 1950; then progresses through the heyday of mid-century modernism and abstract expressionism; and extends to the arrival of Pop and post-painterly abstraction in the late 1960’s.
Curated by Margot Osborne, the exhibition includes paintings and prints by 25 Adelaide artists, including John Baily, Syd Ball, Charles Bannon, Robert Boynes, Geoff Brown, James Cant, Ian Chandler, Dora Chapman, Lynn Collins, David Dallwitz, John Dallwitz, Lawrence Daws, Ludwik Dutkiwicz, Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz, Barrie Goddard, Barbara Hanrahan, Jacqueline Hick, Franz Kempf, Stan Ostoja-Kotkowski, Charles Reddington, William Salmon, Udo Sellbach, Brian Seidel, Francis Roy Thompson and Geoff Wilson.
Mid-century interior furnishings and an accompanying film program complement the paintings and prints. Adelaide Mid-Century Moderns has been made possible as a result of the generous loan by AGSA of paintings, including many rarely seen works. These are supplemented by loans from private collections. The exhibition draws on Dr Margot Osborne’s forthcoming landmark book, The Adelaide Art Scene: Becoming contemporary 1939-2000. Published by Wakefield Press in partnership with Guildhouse and Carrick Hill, with financial support from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, through Arts South Australia.