25 November 2016 – 2 April 2017

The work of Denise Green AM came to prominence in 1978, when her paintings in the exhibition New image painting at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, were recognised for their spare yet resonant visual language. Born in Melbourne, Green grew up in Brisbane and studied in Paris and New York. She settled in New York City in 1969, where she continues to live and work.

Green exhibits regularly in the USA, Europe and Australia, and in recent decades retrospectives of her work have been presented at P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art/MoMA, New York; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve. She is the author of Metonymy in Contemporary Art (2006) and Denise Green: An artist’s odyssey (2012). This exhibition offers an opportunity to reappraise her work, including her recent photo collages.

Denise Green celebrates the major gift of works that the artist’s husband Dr Francis X. Claps MD made to UQ in 2013. More

Curator: Michele Helmrich


Exhibition catalogue



  • Purchase the printed exhibition catalogue here


  • Panel Discussion: Emotional geography, memory and the personal 
    Artists and thinkers A/Prof. Marian Drew, Prof. Ross Gibson and A/Prof. Dolly MacKinnon, chaired by curator Michele Helmrich will explore emotional geography, memory and the personal in contemporary art and in Denise Green’s work. 
    Listen here
  • Listen to artist Denise Green and curator Michele Helmrich discuss the exhibition here


Thursday 24 November 6.15 for 6.30 pm
opened by
Anthony Bond OAM
Formerly Director Curatorial, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Music by Trichotomy – Sean Foran, John Parker and Sam Vincent 


  • View the media release here
  • Download images for news and review here

Denise Green​
Poetry 1972
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
91.4 x 122.0 cm
The Denise Green / Francis X. Claps Collection gifted through The University of Queensland in America, Inc. Foundation. The University of Queensland, 2013. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.
Photo: Carl Warner