If you only see one exhibition for SALA this should be it.
Four decades of work from this seminal Adelaide artist, Ann Newmarch, in one gallery space is absolutely mind blowing and will change the way you look at local living artists forever. Newmarch’s work has changed local and international society with her intensely personal as political viewpoints, and is the leading light in Australian art in this genre. She is the only living artist to be honoured with a retrospective exhibition at The Art Gallery of South Australia, and is the only South Australian artist whose work is in the permanent collection at the Museaum of Modern Art.
The works speak to all with their subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, interweaving of cultural patterns, domestic (in every sense of the word) activity and wartime upheaval, made into deceptively decorative statements of the artist’s view of the world. Newmarch makes intensely personal statements that are relevant to all, influencing generations of Australians with her work and her teaching, and this exhibition shows the continuing exploration of her and our worlds, with the emphasis on exploration of everyone’s realities and their sometimes collision of priorities.
Viewing this show is an act of viewing and validating our recent history and, as such, I urge you to do so.
Adelaide, you should be proud to call Ann Newmarch your own.
Reviewed by Christine Pyman, Visual Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.