Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett


Published for ‘Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett’, an exhibition organised by the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and held at GOMA, Brisbane, Australia, 7 November 2020 – 21 March 2021.


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Unfinished Business offers fresh insight into the work of Australian artist Gordon Bennett (1955-2014), including new interpretations of his intelligent synthesis of influences and ideas and globally recognised contribution to contemporary art. More than 120 colour reproductions of Bennett’s paintings, installations and video works – including not only key series but also a selection of rarely seen works on paper – as well as written commentaries by Dr Zara Stanhope, Abigail Bernal, Simon Wright, Dr J. Faith Almiron and Tim Riley Walsh confirm Bennett as one of our most important contemporary artists whose influence continues to reverberate around Australia and across the world.

Produced in close collaboration with the Estate of Gordon of Bennett, Unfinished Business includes works created from the 1980s to 2014 sourced from studio, public and private collections, including early installation works; Bennett’s ‘history’ paintings; mirror paintings, De Stijl works; his ‘Home d├ęcor’ series; ‘Notes to Basquiat’ works; abstract ‘Stripe’ paintings; and late works showing renewed engagement with political contexts. Pages from the artist’s personal notebooks, as well as archival photographs provided by the Gordon Bennett Estate, provide intimate insight into how the artist worked with images and text and used drawing as a generative tool, and convey the connection with international artists in his work.

Additional information

Weight 889 g
Dimensions 21.2 x 25.9 cm
Publisher name Queensland Art Gallery
Publication date 5 August 2020
Number of pages 200
Format Hardback
Contributors Contributions by Zara Stanhope, Abigail Bernal, Simon Wright, J. Faith (Kapwa) Almiron, and Tim Riley Walsh
Dimensions 21.2 x 25.9 cm
Weight 889 g

Zara Stanhope is Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, and lead curator of 'Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett'. Zara leads the curatorial development of the Gallery's 'Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' and previously worked with Gordon Bennett curating 'Three Colours: Gordon Bennett and Peter Robinson'.

Abigail Bernal is Assistant Curator, International Art, at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, and associate curator of 'Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett'. She is currently working on the Philippine component of QAGOMA's '10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art', and has contributed to exhibitions at QAGOMA, such as 'Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images' (2017), 'Kalpa Vriksha: Contemporary Vernacular and Indigenous Art of India' (2015) and 'Zhang Xiagogang: Shadows in the Soul' (2009).

Simon Wright is Assistant Director, Learning and Public Engagement, at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, and was a close friend of Gordon Bennett. He has worked in the arts sector for more than 25 years, managing over 300 exhibition, programming, publication and special events in public and university art museum settings.

J. Faith (Kapwa) Almiron is an interdisciplinary cultural studies scholar and writer. Her upcoming manuscript, based on her doctoral research at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, is 'The Art of Basquiat Belongs to the People'. She has taught at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University and the University at Wisconsin at Madison.

Tim Riley Walsh is the Brisbane Desk Editor for ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong, and recently completed his MPhil thesis on the archive of the late Gordon Bennett. Tim has written widely for publications, including ArtAsiaPacific, Frieze, Art Monthly Australasia, Art + Australia, Eyeline, Apollo, Runway and Artlink.