IT’S ALL ABOUT EVE
When I first saw the title of Emma Beer’s new exhibition It’s All About Eve I thought it was impossible that she could know about the infamous film of 1950, with a cast including Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm and Marilyn Monroe. She’s too young … But Emma sure does know about this cult classic which was a favourite for LGBT people largely because its a bitch fest. More likely I thought, to be about Eve of Genesis/Apple fame and her bad rap from ancient times to the present day. Of course both of these oblique references position Emma in relation to her work which is also, importantly, a homage to Yves Klein. With each new show Emma’s breath taking use of colour becomes more intense and sophisticated. Colour is visceral like you can feel it in your guts. In particular deep, resonant blues (but green and yellow too) with overlapping gauze like transparent surfaces that seem to float indecently (I mean independently) over her paintings and highlight the colour. I think this is called waxing lyrical so best you see it for yourself. And as always a great opening with cool people, nice wine and more than one broken glass. Because Canberra loves the princess of the Riverina …. At ANCA until 15 May.