‘There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules.’ — Helen Frankenthaler.
The works in Towards Abstraction are gathered around themes of landscape and human presence within the landscape. This display charts the journey of some of the worlds most celebrated artists towards abstraction including Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Fred Williams, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Donald Judd, Jackson Pollock and Rosalie Gascoigne – and more. From 19th century Europe when artists such as Monet began painting outdoors, capturing a more impressionistic view of the landscape, to Australia’s Rosalie Gascoigne and her deeply personal works informed by her natural environment, Towards abstraction is inspired by the landscape and humans’ impact upon it.