Revisiting The Field

Sat 28 Apr 18, 2pm–3pm

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NGV Australia, Federation Square

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The Field was a ground-breaking and controversial exhibition in Australian art history – a radical showcase of abstract and conceptual, colour field, geometric and hard edge paintings and sculpture that opened the new building on St Kilda Rd in 1968.

The NGV has spent the past year tracking down The Field artworks to restage this significant exhibition. Discover the stories, challenges and legacy of The Field and The Field Revisited.


Beckett Rozentals is Curator of Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980 at the National Gallery of Victoria and exhibition curator of The Field Revisited.


Col Jordan is a Sydney based artist who was one of a small group of young artists who introduced hard edge optical painting to Australia in the 1960s. He has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra including retrospective exhibitions at the Bathurst City Art Gallery and the Lewers Bequest Gallery and has won a number of awards including the Flotta Lauro Traveling Art Scholarship. In 1994 Col Jordan retired from his position as professor and associate dean at the College of Fine Art in The University of New South Wales and in 1995 was appointed an honorary visiting professor at that institution.

Normana Wight is a Brisbane based artist who studied Painting and Printmaking at RMIT and in 2000 completed a M.A. from Southern Cross University at Lismore. She was one of three women artists included in The Field exhibition and has held solo exhibitions at Pinacotheca, Crossley and Powell St. in Melbourne, Central St. in Sydney, Curwen Gallery in London, and since 1990 has exhibited at grahame galleries + editions in Brisbane. Normana is recreating her work for The Field Revisited.

Michael Young has worked both as a sculptor and an arts administrator. In 1968 he was awarded the Alcorso-Sekers Travelling Scholarship and the Flotta Lauro Sculpture Award. He exhibited 3 times in the Mildura Sculpture Triennials and has completed 2 public art commissions in Geelong and Melbourne. More recently his work was revised in exhibitions at Heide Gallery and in 2017 he collaborated on an installation in the north of Iceland. He was the inaugural Director of the Gippsland Art Gallery and worked on The Field when he was employed at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Talks and discussions Australia Contemporary Painting Sculpture & Installation The Field Revisited NGV Australia, Federation Square