Exhibition Opening

Wagner Contemporary is proud to present the 40/40 project, curated especially for Art Month 2020. Gallery artists will be joined by Matthew Browne, New Zealand National Contemporary Art Award Finalist (2019) and Stephen Lees, Len Fox Art Award Finalist (2019).

This exhibition represents a celebration of critical ideas and narratives as artists embrace a uniform format of a 40 x 40cm canvas. An exhibition of small paintings by a range of artists, encourages the viewer to engage directly with new concepts and, through a process of comparison, recognise and appreciate the unique language of expression inherent to each.

This curated exhibition of small works also suggests how an artist’s communicative power is not dependant on large scale or size. Each small but strongly evocative work of art utilises space effectively, conveying the vital aspects of form and idea. This exhibition of little gems offers a contrast to heroic large-scale paintings, often classified as ‘masterpieces’ or ‘major works’. By setting aside expectations for physical scale, the 40/40 Project invites an evaluation of each work based on the values of aesthetics, form and idea.

Artists: Matthew Browne, Stephen Lees, Min-Woo Bang, Genevieve Carroll, Dagmar Cyrulla, Melissa Egan, Nick Hall, Mark Hislop, Marcella Kaspar, Kerry McInnis, Eleanor Millard, Christopher Orchard, Al Poulet, Nigel Sense, Neil Taylor, Rosemary Valadon, Judith White, Jo Young, Celia Perceval.

Wagner Contemporary, Hampden Street, Paddington NSW, Australia
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