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Carl Plate: Hard Colour, Paris Works 1970–1971

See the series by this influential Sydney modernist painter and collage artist that was, at the time, described as 'luxurious' and 'sumptuous'.
By Lucy McNabb
October 09, 2017
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Carl Plate: Hard Colour, Paris Works 1970–1971

See the series by this influential Sydney modernist painter and collage artist that was, at the time, described as 'luxurious' and 'sumptuous'.
By Lucy McNabb
October 09, 2017
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Annette Larkin Fine Art hosts their first-ever Carl Plate exhibition this month, with a show focusing specifically on his Paris Works 1970–1971.

So who is Carl Plate, you ask? He was an influential modernist painter and collage artist in post-war Sydney, and arguably the first Australian non-figurative artist to secure solo shows in NYC and London — a big deal at the time. He traveled extensively through Europe and was excited by what he saw of the modernist movement. Drawn to abstract, non-representational language, he was a life-long fan of collage throughout his career, using materials sourced from papers and magazines to create poetic, lyrical worlds of shapes, lines and forms.

This show captures a time in his work where he broadened his colour palette dramatically, pared back the details and returned to a purer form of collage (solely cutting and pasting), creating a series hailed as 'luxurious' and 'sumptuous' by the critics of the day. You've got from October 11 till November 11 to have a squiz.

Image: Carl Plate, Untitled No. 85 (1970), PVA on vinyl bonded French cotton.

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