Gordon Bennett was internationally acclaimed as one of Australia's most significant and critically engaged contemporary artists. Recognised for his powerful perspectives on the post colonial experience, particularly in the Australian context, with much of his work mapping alternative histories and questioning racial categorisations and stereotypes.
Significant individual exhibitions include: Outsider / Insider: The Art of Gordon Bennett, AAMU, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2012; Gordon Bennett: A Survey, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 2007- 2009; and The Expiation of Guilt, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2007.
Selected group exhibitions included: Vivid Memories, Musee d'Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France, 2013; Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany, 2012; Avoiding Myth and Message: Australian Artists and the Literary World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2009; Three Colours: Gordon Bennett and Peter Robinson, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2004; 12th Biennale of Sydney, 2000; 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1999; Art-Worlds in Dialogue, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 1999; In Place(Out of Time): Contemporary Art in Australia, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 1997; TransCulture, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice Biennale, 1995; Aratjara: Art of the First Australians, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany, and Hayward Gallery, London, 1993; and Paraculture, Artists' Space, New York, 1990.
Selected awards include: Moët & Chandon Australia Art Fellowship, 1991; MacGeorge Fellowship, University of Melbourne, 1993; Creative Arts Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra, 1996; and John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1997.
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Museum of Contemporary Art director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor shares her top 10 Australian contemporary art works, including pieces by Tracey Moffatt, Rebecca Bauman, Gordon Bennett, Juan Davila, Shaun Gladwell, Noel McKenna, Lyndal Jones, Rosemary Laing and Stuart Ringholt.
Bennett will be remembered as a hero of Australian art whose practice took aim at race relations, power imbalances, dominant histories and social conventions, producing some of the most iconic images of Australian art history over the past three decades.