Order and dissent

Works from the Heide Collection

Order and dissent investigates the dialogue and debate generated by the originality, diversity and non-conformity of a selection of works from the Heide Collection.

Art Exhibition previously on at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 01 July 2008 to Sunday 01 March 2009

Published by anonymous on Tuesday 17 June 2008.
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Order and dissent investigates the dialogue and debate generated by the originality, diversity and non-conformity of a selection of works from the Heide Collection.

When John and Sunday Reed began to collect contemporary art in the 1930s they were attracted to work which challenged the conservative conventions of art-making prevalent at the time and instead embraced progressive modernist ideals, subjects and modes of representation.

Artists whom the Reeds supported from early on defied academic tradition. Personally and in their art practice they emphasised individuality, innovation and the acceptance of alternative points of view. Their conscientious refusal to adhere to accepted norms, while controversial at the time, opened up new ways of thinking and seeing. Dissent was a means by which they could explore complex ideas and express their convictions.

Featuring works from the 1930s to the present day, artists represented include: Sam Atyeo, Moya Dyring, Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, John Perceval, Arthur Boyd, Howard Arkley, Charles Blackman, Peter Booth, Mike Brown, Richard Larter, Sweeney Reed, Wolfgang Sievers and Jenny Watson.