Jeffrey Smart: Unspoken

Coogee Baths - Winter Jeffrey Smart (1962), donated through the Alan Richard Renshaw bequest

Coogee Baths - Winter Jeffrey Smart (1962), donated through the Alan Richard Renshaw bequest © Jeffrey Smart


2 October - 27 November 2011

Drawing on the University’s rich collection of Smart works, the University Art Gallery’s Jeffrey Smart: Unspoken explores the striking but deceptive simplicity of the artist’s style and probes some of the artist’s cherished themes.

Curated by recently appointed Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Mark Ledbury, the exhibition is the first of a University initiative to invite leading art historians to engage with its art collection.

A visually intriguing group of works from his time in Sydney in the early ‘60s shows Smart exploring the world of the beach, baths, and bodies. In this group of works desire is ever present among his trademark architectural forms.

In second coherent group in the exhibition, mostly painted in Italy, Smart’s visual vocabulary - his sweeping highways, traffic markers and road signage - are not signs of existential angst but celebrations of form.



Two public program events for this exhibition:

David Malouf: A conversation on Jeffrey Smart
Friday 7 October 6-7PM
New Law Building, The University of Sydney


Dumb and Smarter: Eloquence and irony in Jeffrey Smart
Mark Ledbury, Power Professor and exhibition curator
Tuesday 18 October 12-1PM
University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney