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Colour on the Concrete Exhibition

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Colour on the Concrete, curated by Janet Ollevou, explores different approaches and uses of colour and abstraction. It links art, design and architecture from the late 1960s to contemporary art practice, bringing together major works from the UTS Art Collection across a number of locations around the University. The exhibition features artworks by artists such as Marion Borgelt, Tony McGillick, Michael Nicholson, Col Jordan, Ken Unsworth, Michael Johnson and Victor Vassarely alongside recent acquisitions and loans to the Collection. 

Many of the earlier works from the Collection date from the same period as the University’s ‘flagship’ buildings – the UTS Tower on Broadway and the Kuring-gai Campus – both award-winning examples of Brutalist architecture from the early 1970s. Colour on the Concrete brings together prints, paintings and textiles from both the UTS Art Collection and UTS Library Special Collections, and places them ‘in conversation’ with recent works by contemporary artists Cherine Fahd, Kate Mackay and Liz Shreeve.

A rare first edition copy of Josef Albers’ Interaction of Colour, held in UTS Library’s Special Collections, was the inspiration for the project.

Colour on the Concrete is staged across multiple venues, including an exhibition on Level 4 of the City Campus Library. There are also a number of works exhibited at the UTS Gallery and at various points around the City and Kuring-gai Campuses. Visit the project’s website to see an interactive map of the exhibition.

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