Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings wins MAPDA Best Book for 2021
Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings was named Museums Australia Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) Best Book for 2021 at the annual Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) national conference in Canberra this week. Selected Writings was edited by Angela Goddard and Tim Riley Walsh, and co-published by Power Publications, Sydney, and Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane.
Works by Gordon Bennett and Helen Johnson are currently on view at Tate Modern as part of A Year in Art: Australia in 1992, a new exhibition exploring the debate over Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights before and after the High Court’s landmark 1992 Mabo decision.
Gordon Bennett: Unfinished Business continues at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, until 21 March 2021. It is the first large-scale exhibition of Bennett’s work and features 200 artworks ranging from installation and sculptural assemblage to painting, drawing, video and ceramics.
In his lifetime, Bennett was widely regarded as one of Queensland’s, and indeed one of Australia’s, most perceptive and inventive contemporary artists. Queensland-born, Bennett (1955–2014) was deeply engaged with questions of identity, perception and the construction of history, and made a profound and ongoing contribution to contemporary art in Australia and internationally.