Open until 15 May 2022, the National Gallery of Australia is hosting a new exhibition at Kamberri with works of renowned Adelaide-born artist Jeffrey Smart.

With a career spanning seven decades, Smart provided a fresh take on 20th century modernity, capturing the dynamism and beauty of urban life in his depictions of sweeping roadways, high-rise apartments, constructions sites and other elements of the industrial age.

Marking the centenary of Smart’s birth in 1921, Jeffrey Smart brings together more than 100 works of art from public lenders and private collectors, as well as the National Gallery’s own special collection. The exhibition follows his life and work, spanning from his early years right until his last painting Labyrinth in 2011. It showcases his artistic vision around themes including theatre of the real and the uncanny; surveillance; abstraction and figuration; portraiture; and art about art.

“Jeffrey Smart made an impact on generations of artists, art students and art lovers and we are pleased to remember his remarkable life in this centenary year,” says National Gallery Director, Nick Mitzevich

“He has been an important part of the National Gallery for decades – even before its inception – when the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board purchased Wallaroo in 1959, for what was to become the national collection.”


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