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The Ideal Home presents a history of the 20th century Australian home told through household objects, furniture and design classics from the MAAS Collection.
For much of the 20th century Australia enjoyed one of the highest rates of home ownership in the world. This situation emerged following the landmark ‘Harvester Judgement’ of 1907, which enshrined a ‘living wage’, and enabled ordinary workers to purchase a home and support a family.
Post war affluence, technology, mass manufacturing and the ready availability of goods, created both a consumer base and desire. In this setting, suburbs grew and homes became our castles. Australians enthusiastically adopted international trends in architecture, interior furnishings and design. Labour saving devices liberated us from domestic drudgery and increased the time available for leisure. Indoors and outdoors Australians aspired to a lifestyle centred upon the comfort, style, amenity and function of the home.
The Ideal Home presents a history of the 20th century Australian home told through household objects, furniture and design classics from the MAAS Collection. See more of The Ideal Home including modernist design and artworks at MAAS Powerhouse, Ultimo.
The Ideal Home is a partnership between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.
Exhibition Catalog can be found here
Photo: Silversalt Photography
Long-time Glenbrook artist Catherine O'Donnell has a new series of work in a major exhibition ‘The Ideal Home’ curated by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in partnership with Penrith Regional Gallery (Lewers Bequest).
NOVEMBER 29 2018
“To Paris, with love” Inspired, USYD, p17, Louise Schwartzkoff
When artist Catherine O’Donnell arrived last year to begin her residency at the Cité, she headed in the opposite direction – to the city’s fringes, where housing estates loom in concrete blocks. View full article
Familiar facades in America – An opportunity to exhibit alongside international artists in America positions Catherine O’Donnell’s 'Sydney Fibros' in a dialogue with the architecture of Chicago.
Close to home, Australian Drawing Biennial 2016. Sydney: Art Gallery of NSW, pp52-57
Author; Anne Ryan Curator, Australian prints, drawings and watercolours
A CHARCOAL almost-to-scale drawing of an early 1960s fibro home in the Housing Commission Green Valley estate is among the artworks now on display at the Art Gallery of NSW.
For Catherine O'Donnell a later start to art has not limited the conceptual maturity of her practice.
Everywhere one looked the galleries were making a tremendous effort. It was brave of Brenda May to fill her booth with a massive wall drawing of a house by Catherine O'Donnell, but the effect was stunning.