Gordon Bennett

Blue Retreat


In Tate Modern

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992
Gordon Bennett 1955–2014
Etching and watercolour on paper
Image: 295 × 198 mm
Presented by Leanne and Caitlin Bennett in memory of and admiration for Gordon Bennett 2019

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Many of the etchings in this series question the utopian ideals of Western abstraction. Here Bennett refers to the monochrome ultramarine blue paintings of French conceptual artist Yves Klein. One of these is on view as part of the ‘Start Display’ on Level 2. With his monochrome paintings, Klein wanted to create spaces of ‘pure feeling’ that could induce a kind of spiritual experience in the viewer. For Bennett this is an invitation to retreat from reality – an option that the artist believes is not available to people who have systematically been oppressed by colonialism and white supremacy.

Gallery label, July 2021

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