John Nixon

Recession Art & Other Strategies
Gunter Christmann, Peter Cripps, Robert MacPherson, John Nixon, Peter Tyndall

“Recession Art & Other Strategies presents a selection of work by Robert MacPherson, Peter Tyndall, Gunter Christmann, Peter Cripps and John Nixon involving recessional techniques and strategies.  The works span the period 1974 to 1985.” – Peter Cripps

The wonderful and very scarce publication to accompany the exhibition “Recession Art & Other Strategies” at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, in 1986, curated by artist Peter Cripps.  In our opinion, this is one of the finest Australian art exhibition catalogues ever made. Thoughtfully curated, beautifully designed and typeset, with photo documentation of works by the exhibiting artists and a great accompanying essay by curator and artist Peter Cripps.  This text addresses and traces “a recurrence of a ‘Recessional based’ art practice in Australia”.  “The pressure of little money and a small art market has meant that many artists still own the greater part of their life’s production.  The initial difficulty of producing and the subsequent difficulty of disposing of art works is ever present…”.  Touching on Percy Grainger’s ‘Free Music’ machines, to the recent histories of Australian exhibition spaces such Q Space, V Space, IMA, Q Space Annex, n-Space, and printed exhibition spaces such as Blunt Report, Hand Space, Pneumatic Drill, as well as projects such as The Fosterville Institute of Applied and Progressive Cultural Experience and The Anti-Music Collective, this text provides a clear insight into the many productions of these artists and their peers in Australia in the 1980’s, as well as the climate that surrounded their activities.

* Condition: Very good (light wear only) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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John Nixon
Experimental Painting Workshop

Published on the occasion of the exhibition JOHN NIXON: EPW at Castlemaine Art Museum 19 March-25 June, 2017. “This exhibition presents a recent selection from Nixon’s Experimental Painting Workshop (EPW), a project that began in London in 1978 and continues to this day. Rejecting narrative, realism and pictorialism which he sees as limitations on painting, Nixon’s EPW proposes an expanded, and expanding, definition via the principles of modernist non-objectivity, specifically, the monochrome, Minimalism and Constructivism, and dynamic approaches to their exhibition. In his employment of the ready-made object, made famous by Marcel Duchamp in the early 20th century, Nixon demonstrates an intuitive method of collecting, rationalizing and repurposing the everyday into otherwise abstract works. The en masse presentation of this exhibition is a hallmark of the EPW, offering both a spectacular experience of the whole, while also giving emphasis to individual works as evidence of the progression of Nixon’s thesis on the open-ended possibilities for painting.”

Designed by Yanni Florence and John Nixon.
Photography by Christo Crocker.
Text by Emma Busowsky Cox.

Published in an edition of 500 copies.

John Nixon (b. 1949, Sydney) is one of Australia’s foremost artists. Since his first solo exhibition in Melbourne in 1973, Nixon has mounted hundreds of exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the United States, and his work is included in public and private collections worldwide.

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1994


This great early publication from Sydney’s Sarah Cottier Gallery compiles photographic documentation of the gallery program from the year 1994. The publication includes solo exhibitions by Hany Armanious, Matthys Gerber, John Nixon, Mikala Dwyer, A.D.S. Donaldson, Kerrie Poliness, Sylvie Fleury.

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20/200
Sarah Cottier Gallery 1994 – 2014

The history of Sarah Cottier Gallery’s first twenty years in a comprehensive reference volume.

An example of one of Australia’s most influential contemporary art galleries.

Twenty years, two hundred exhibitions, four venues, nearly one hundred artists. Ever since its arrival in 1994, Sarah Cottier Gallery has been one of Australia’s most courageous contemporary art galleries. The artists represented in this time, including John Armleder, Sydney Ball, Marco Fusinato, Matthys Gerber, John Nixon, Mike Parr, Koji Ryui and Gemma Smith, represent some of the hottest talent in contemporary art.

20/200 celebrates the first twenty years of the gallery and its artists in a pictorial format that illustrates the breadth of the twenty year experience. The book includes images of every one of the gallery’s two hundred exhibitions and includes the work of almost one hundred artists. The volume is hardcover bound with a timeless rounded spine and features a holographic foil on the the front cover. The individual works and specific highlights inevitably surrender to the vast, hypnotic rhythm of the volume’s breadth – as in the fairy tale conundrum of the dancing princesses, each is more beautiful than the last.

Includes the work of A.D.S. Donaldson, Martin Creed, Kerrie Poliness, Melinda Harper, Julian Dashper, John Armleder, Sydney Ball, Mikala Dwyer, Hany Armanious, Marco Fusinato, Matthys Gerber, John Nixon, Mike Parr, Koji Ryui, Mikala Dwyer, Hany Armanious, Matt Hinkley, Huseyin Sami, Robert Pulie, Julia Gorman, Simon Denny, Anne-Marie May, Gemma Smith, John Spiteri, Katherina Grosse, Mary Teague, Olivier Mosset, and many more!

Texts by Nicholas Chambers, Jason Marcou, Julie Fragar, Anna Waldmann, Amanda Rowell,  Alan Cholodenko, Mark Titmarsh and Christopher Hanrahan.

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