Vivienne Binns has worked primarily as a painter, but has also continually worked across media and contexts. She worked almost exclusively with enamelling for a period from the late 1960s to mid 1970s, and extensively in the area of community arts throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. She was a founding member of the Sydney Women's Art Movement and is probably best known for early work with strong feminist themes.
Also Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW, Penrith Regional Gallery, NSW, LaTrobe Regional Gallery, VIC and the Drill Hall, ANU, ACT. This was a touring survey exhibition, a joint project by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the University of Tasmania, curated by Merryn Gates.
The Cross Art Projects, 8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross, Sydney, 2011, Australia
Binns is a Sydney artist par excellence but she remains an iconoclast. For Twenty First Century Paintings, her first solo exhibition in Sydney in nine years, curator Merryn Gates selected the tour de force work Maelstrom, 2002, as the centerpiece. Orchestrating elements of expressionism and formalism, this grand canvas highlights Binns’s embrace of the old and the new and her unexpected sources and collaborations.
The 1968 exhibition was curated in 1995 by Michael Desmond and Christine Dixon and was drawn entirely from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection. It celebrates the time of change, in the two years on either side of 1968 – a time of political and social unrest, when art and life combined to stretch barriers. The exhibition integrated both popular and avant garde works from Australian artists, designers and news photographers with those from the USA and UK. The resulting exhibition showed the energy and strength of the young Australian artists of this generation.
The exhibition was held in conjunction with the 4th National Homosexual Conference, Paddington Town Hall. Featured artists included: David McDiarmid, Peter Tully, Frances Budden, Vivienne Binns, Sally Colechin, Bill Morley, Doug Erskine, Robert Lawrie etc.
The exhibition was also accompanied by a fund-raising benefit for the Conference on Sunday 23rd of July, which featured Women Action Theatre, Aloma, Bread and Roses, and others. Compered by Jude Kuring.