Christian Thompson: Ritual Intimacy installation view, Griffith University Art Museum 2017 Photography: Carl Warner

Gordon Bennett

Selected Writings

Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings is the first publication to survey the writing practice of the late Gordon Bennett (1955–2014), giving vital insight into one of Australia’s most important contemporary artists in his own words.

Bringing together nearly forty published and unpublished essays, artist’s statements, letters, and interviews from across Bennett’s nearly thirty-year career, Selected Writings profiles the importance of the written word within his art and broader intellectual practice. Through its focus on Bennett’s written voice, which shifts between scholarly debate, political argument and personal reflections, this publication reveals Bennett considered art and life to be just as entangled as words and images.

Edited by Angela Goddard and Tim Riley Walsh, Selected Writings is co-published by Power Publications, Sydney, and Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane.

The book also provides glimpses into Bennett’s personal archive via the reproduction of previously unseen notebooks, correspondence, sketches, preparatory compositions, and more. Offering new knowledge of his creative process, intellectual and artistic influences and professional relationships, this project amplifies Bennett’s already significant contribution to subjects of race and identity in national and global contexts, as well as reaffirming his impact on postcolonial issues in the twenty-first century.

Gordon Bennett
Poetry from the series ‘Notes to Basquiat’ 2004
Inkjet on paper, 29.7 x 21cm
Griffith University Art Collection. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by John Citizen Arts Pty Ltd, ATF, The Bennett Family Trust, 2007
Courtesy the estate of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane

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