The art of Gordon Bennett

Lingard, Bob (2014) The art of Gordon Bennett. Arena Magazine, 1 132: 44-46.

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Author Lingard, Bob
Title The art of Gordon Bennett
Journal name Arena Magazine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-1010
Publication date 2014-10
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 1
Issue 132
Start page 44
End page 46
Total pages 3
Place of publication Carlton North, VIC, Australia
Publisher Arena Printing and Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Art that challenges the 'post' in 'post-colonial'. Gordon Bennett's art career began in 1988-a most propitious moment for its reception, given his political interests: the bicentenary and attempts to proffer revisionist histories of Australia's colonial past. Having worked as a fitter and turner and a Telecom linesman, he entered the Queensland College of Art at Griffith University in 1986 as a thirty-year-old. He achieved great success and critical acclaim from very early in his career, for example, being included in Perspecta at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1989 and the Ninth Biennale of Sydney: The Boundary Rider in 1992, winning the prestigious Moet and Chandon Australian Art Fellowship in 1991, and having a survey show at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham in 1999-2000. Ian McLean's monograph The Art of Gordon Bennett was published in 1996, which indicates the rapid establishment of Bennett's reputation. This monograph also includes Bennett's own Manifest Toe, where he commented on his late awareness of his Aboriginal heritage and its significance to his work in the following way: 'It is the collapse of the conceptual gap between the binary opposites of self/other, civilized/ savage, sophisticated/primitive, or perhaps more appropriately its gradual disintegration and my process of integration that forms the substratum of my life and work'. In the naming of his Manifest Toe, Bennett was critiquing former Queensland Premier Bjelke-Petersen's acerbic observation that, for many people in high places, 'if an Aboriginal came along and held up his toe, they'd lick it'!
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