abstraction-création : J.W. Power in Europe 1921-1938
Curated by: A.D.S Donaldson and Dr Ann Stephen
J.W. Power: Abstraction Création, Paris 1934 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Power bequest. The exhibition was a remarkable reconstruction of J.W. Power’s 1934 solo exhibition with the Abstraction Création group which included such major artists as Mondrian and Arp. It revealed how his art was an integral part of the European avant-garde in the interwar years. The exhibition included many of Power’s most abstract paintings, combining organic and surreal forms, all from the collection gifted to the University by his widow Edith Power. The exhibition revealed the cosmopolitan vision of this expatriate artist and benefactor who aimed to 'make available to the people of Australia the latest ideas and theories in the plastic arts.'
A lavishly illustrated exhibition catalogue J.W. Power: Abstraction Création, Paris 1934 was produced in conjunction with this major exhibition. The culmination of many years of research and published by the Power Institute, this catalogue is a landmark publication complete with new archival scholarship and a major essay by Gladys Fabre, the leading authority on the Abstraction-Création artists association, published for the first time in English.