Jeffrey Smart 1921-2013: Recondita Armonia – Strange Harmonies of Contrast

Night Stop Bombay

Detail from Night Stop, Bombay 1981; oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas; Private collection, Sydney, courtesy Philip Bacon Galleries © Estate of Dr Jeffrey Smart AO

Curated by David Malouf

The Irish poet WB Yeats called poetry 'memorable speech'. This very personal exhibition curated by David Malouf shows some of the ways in which Jeffrey Smart transforms the made objects of urban landscape – roads, traffic signs, unit-blocks – into visual poetry, into memorable images that reveal to us the strange harmony of contrasts, 'Recondita Armonia' of the world around us.

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Exhibition runs from 2 November 2013 to 7 March 2014


In Conversation: David Malouf and Christopher Allen discuss Jeffrey Smart
Listen to exhibition curator David Malouf and art critic Christopher Allen discuss Jeffery Smart’s art, life, practices and influences.