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I AM GORDON BENNETT

I AM GORDON BENNETT Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 2023, vol. 23, no. 1, 4–22 https://doi.org/10.1080/14434318.2023.2218895 Rex Butler MADA, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia In the last room of the Queensland Art Gallery’s 2020 exhibition Unfinished Business—The Art of Gordon Bennett, just before the spectator exited the show, was a page from one of Bennett’s notebooks, blown up and applied to the wall. Unfinished Business was a survey exhibition of Bennett’s work, one of several that have so far taken place since his death, this time with an emphasis on works on paper. These were framed and mounted on walls throughout the exhibition, along with a selection of paintings from throughout Bennett’s career. But this particular page from the notebook was enlarged and applied directly to the wall of the final room, as though to serve as something of an artist’s signature in relation to what had come before—indeed, at the very bottom of the the wall were Bennett’s ini- tials, GB, along with the date on which he originally made the entry, 25 August 1990 (Fig. 1). What we have on that last wall of the gallery is testament to the ongoing importance of language in Bennett’s work. Words enter Bennett’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art Taylor & Francis

I AM GORDON BENNETT

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art , Volume 23 (1): 19 – Jan 2, 2023
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2203-1871
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10.1080/14434318.2023.2218895
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Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 2023, vol. 23, no. 1, 4–22 https://doi.org/10.1080/14434318.2023.2218895 Rex Butler MADA, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia In the last room of the Queensland Art Gallery’s 2020 exhibition Unfinished Business—The Art of Gordon Bennett, just before the spectator exited the show, was a page from one of Bennett’s notebooks, blown up and applied to the wall. Unfinished Business was a survey exhibition of Bennett’s work, one of several that have so far taken place since his death, this time with an emphasis on works on paper. These were framed and mounted on walls throughout the exhibition, along with a selection of paintings from throughout Bennett’s career. But this particular page from the notebook was enlarged and applied directly to the wall of the final room, as though to serve as something of an artist’s signature in relation to what had come before—indeed, at the very bottom of the the wall were Bennett’s ini- tials, GB, along with the date on which he originally made the entry, 25 August 1990 (Fig. 1). What we have on that last wall of the gallery is testament to the ongoing importance of language in Bennett’s work. Words enter Bennett’s

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Published: Jan 2, 2023

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