Gordon Bennett

Memory

1993

In Tate Modern

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992
Artist
Gordon Bennett 1955–2014
Medium
Etching on paper
Dimensions
Image: 295 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Leanne and Caitlin Bennett in memory of and admiration for Gordon Bennett 2019
Reference
P15035

Display caption

Bennett’s use of abstract colour blocks refers to the paintings of Kazimir Malevich. Bennett has stated that Malevich’s ‘abstract works are sometimes related to [religious] icons. However, Malevich was most certainly trying to get [...] to a kind of spiritual essence that was common to all humanity. [...] It is clear that in reality black and indigenous people [...] - trampled, enslaved, exploited and discarded [...] - were not to be joining Europeans on their great journey to that glorious sunset [...]. My intention was to imbue such commendable spiritual aspiration with a little physical realism...’.

Gallery label, July 2021

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