The Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture

Light & Darkness: Late Modernism and the JW Power Collection


Edited by Ann Stephen
A co-publication from Power Publications
and the Chau Chak Wing Museum
RRP $50.00 AUD
ISBN 978-0-909952-02-0
120 images, including colour plates
239 pp
26.5 x 22.5 cm
1150 gms
Light and Darkness is a revelation. The first project to explore the JW Power Collection of contemporary art in its new home at the University of Sydney’s Chau Chak Wing Museum, this anthology and exhibition reveals many works not seen for decades. Under curator Ann Stephen’s deft editorial hand, some 70 works from the 1500 in the Power Collection point to key directions – the wonderful luminal and kinetic works from the late 1960s; the diversity of the 1970s, ranging from Jasper Johns to On Kawara; the turn in the 1980s to collecting art from Australia and New Zealand. All these works are illuminated by fresh research, in probing essays showing that scholarship is the flame that sustains all museums.”  Julie Ewington, Independent writer, curator and broadcaster, Sydney. Former Head of Australian Art, QAOMA, Brisbane.

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