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Sandra Leveson's 1970s Dot-Screen paintings rediscovered

BY Peter Pinson | 22-Jun-2012
The Peter Pinson Gallery, in Sydney's Woollahra, is exhibiting rare examples of Australian op art that had lain forgotten and unexhibited in the artist's plan cabinet for 40 years.
Venue: Peter Pinson Gallery
Address: 143 Edgecliff Road Woollahra, NSW 2025.
Date: Until 7 July
Time: Wednesday - Saturday, 11.00am - 5.30pm
Ticket: Free admission
EMail: info@peterpinsongallery.com
Sandra Leveson "Optical Series D" (detail) 1972 Photo: Sandra Leveson
In 1970, Sandra Leveson was Head of Printmaking at Prahran Art College in Melbourne. At that time, she began using silkscreens, which were conventionally used for making prints in editions of twenty five or more, to print dot-compositions on canvas, making one-off "paintings". They received enthusiastic critical attention: one critic described her as the best female artist in Australia. She also made a number of one-off silkscreened works on paper, but these were not exhibited at the time. Last year, her "Dot-Screen" canvasses were given a major survey exhibition at the TarraWarra Museum of Art in Victoria. In preparing for this exhibition, Sandra Leveson rediscovered the works on paper, that she had not seen for four decades. They were as fresh and optically scintillating as the day they were made. Op Art never made achieved much of a foothold in Australia. But Emeritus Professor Peter Pinson, who is showing these works at his Woollahra Gallery, considers these examples to be masterpieces of that genre. "Sandra Leveson. 1970s Dot-Screen works on paper" runs at the Peter Pinson Gallery until 7 July.