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Vivienne Binns – retrospective respect

2002 Captain Cook in spinifex green - MCA VivienneBinns. Photo_Zan Wimberley

The MCA is presenting an exhibition of the eye-catching work of Vivienne Binns in a 60-year retrospective – most surprisingly, the first ever to be dedicated to this wonderful artist.

1992, Vivienne in studio using painting apparatus, Curtain, ACT. Photo: Alex Fiveash, courtesy the artist.

Curated by Anneke Jaspers (Senior Curator, Collection, MCA) and Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, MUMA), the collection includes more than 100 artworks loaned to the MCA by public and private institutions, as well as works from the artist’s own collection.

Youssofzay + Hart architects developed the MCA presentation, which will also include a display of archival material related to artist’s community-based projects.

Vivienne Binns, Vag Dens,1967, image courtesy the artist, National Gallery of Australia, and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia © the artist, photo: Jacquie Manning

Moreover, a film commissioned by the MCA will reveal the details of Binns’ studio and give the viewer insights into Binns’ working methods.

The American feminist art historian, curator and writer Lucy R. Lippard, said, “It’s hard to overestimate Vivienne Binns’ contributions to Australian art, and to feminism through her long and generous career as an artist in the ‘high art’ and the community arts contexts. Few have managed to be so outstanding in both fields. The variety is staggering, and the joy is ubiquitous.”

Mrs Cook’s Waistcoat,1997, courtesy of AGWA

A highlight of the exhibition is Binns’ current work-in-progress Painting without title 2022.

The exhibition will also display some of Binns’ 1960s works which reflect her involvement with the women’s movement.

Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface

Until 25 September

Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks










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