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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.

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Kerb Your Dog 1992
Number 11 : TEXTBOOK : John Nixon, John Young (eds.)

 

Kerb Your Dog was an artist-edited anthology of pages by contemporary Australian and International artists, published in Sydney, Australia. Edited by John Nixon and John Young and published in an edition of 500 copies, this volume from 1992 – “TEXTBOOK” – features pages by John Barbour, Eugene Carchesio, Tony Clark, Peter Cripps, Aleks Danko, John Dunkley-Smith, Clinton Garofano, Ross Harley, Tim Johnson, Lyndal Jones, Maria Kozic, Rosemary Laing, Shelley Lasica, Lindy Lee, Geoff Lowe, Robert Macpherson, John Nixon, Rose Nolan, Susan Norrie, David O’Halloran, Robert Owen, Mike Parr, Jacky Redgate, Carole Roberts, Vivienne Shark Lewitt, Peter Tyndall, Ken Unsworth, Geoffrey Weary, Wood / Marsh Architecture Pty. Ltd., John Young, and an essay by Janet Shanks. An invaluable collection of artist’s texts from Australia in this very scarce document.

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Recent Australian Painting
A Survey 1970-1983


Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition “Recent Australian Painting – A Survey 1970-1983” curated by Ron Radford in 1983, at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
“The exhibition RECENT AUSTRALIAN PAINTING: A Survey 1970-1983 is the first survey exhibition ever staged covering the whole period. It documents the major artists of the period and the overlapping movements or styles which can generally be labelled as Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism, Lyrical Abstraction, Neo Realism, Political Art, Ocker Funk, Popism and New Image Painting.”

Features the work of Arthur Boyd, Mike Brown, Robert Hunter, Jenny Watson, Paddy Carrol Tjungurrayi, Dini Nolan Tjampitjinpa, Robert Rooney, Juan Davila, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Robert Macpherson, John Nixon, Dale Frank, Fred Williams, Annette Bezor, Brett Whiteley, Dick Watkins, John Brack, Gunter Christmann, Gareth Sansom, Uta Uta Tjangala, and many others through full colour and black and white reproductions of works, plus biographies and texts. 

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Institute of Modern Art 1975-1989
A Documentary History - Bob Lingard, Sue Cramer (Eds.)

Institute of Modern Art 1975-1989 – A Documentary History, was edited by Bob Lingard, Sue Cramer in Brisbane in 1989, and takes an in-depth look at the history of a very important period of one of Australia’s oldest contemporary art spaces. Through essays by Bob Lingard and Peter Anderson, exhibition photography, a full list of exhibitions, catalogues and bulletins, this publication retrospectively showcases the directorship years of Robert Jadin de Fronenteau, John Buckley, John Nixon, Barbara Campbell, Peter Cripps and Sue Cramer, exhibiting John Olsen, Robert MacPherson, Ian Hamilton, Sidney Nolan, John Baldessari, Peter Cripps, Gunter Christmann, David Hockney, Diane Arbus, Jenny Watson, Chuck Close, Joseph Kosuth, Paul Sharits, Mike Parr, Arthur Boyd, Robert Jacks, John Davis, Mario Merz, Peter Tyndall, Hilary Boscott, Imants Tillers, John Nixon, Elizabeth Gower, Janet Burchill, Tony Clark, Dale Frank, Henri Chopin, Scott Redford, Tim Johnson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vivienne Shark Lewitt, Fiona McDonald, Fiona Hall, Joanna Flynn, Jan Nelson, Joanna Ritson, Robert Hunter, Stephen Roach,Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Lehan Ramsey, Hiram To, John Dunkley-Smith, Stieg Persson, Merilyn Fairskye, Linda Marrinon, Bill Henson, Fritz Rahman, Melinda Harper, Geoff Lowe, Lindy Lee, Eugene Carchesio, Diena Georgetti, Maria Kozic, Lyndal Jones, amongst many others!

“This publication documents the history of the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane from its inception in 1975 until the present day (1989). In doing so, it provides a partial record, both visual and verbal, of the life of one particular institution and an insight into a fifteen year history of exhibition-making within contemporary art. There can be no doubt that “Contemporary Art Spaces” (previously institutions such as the IMA were known as “alternative spaces”) have a crucial and unique role in supporting and developing contemporary art and curatorial practices within Australia. As the photographs of exhibitions, and the essays in this publication show, the Institute has played a significant role over its fifteen years as a venue not only for the exhibition of art that is being made in Brisbane itself, but also that of artists working elsewhere in Australia and overseas. It is worth remembering too that the Institute is the second oldest of the Contemporary Art Spaces in Australia. With this in mind, the Institute’s archive, from which this publication has been drawn, becomes a valuable resource in the study of recent art. The photographs published here ofier a visual record of individual works by many contemporary artists, a number of which may not have been published elsewhere. It is hoped therefore, that this publication might fruitfully be regarded as a source book from which more detailed projects of research can be undertaken. It is impossible in one publication to cover all of the activities and personalities, ideas, debates and discussions that have made up the life of the gallery. Alongside the exhibition program, the Institute has generated forums, lectures, film screenings and publications as an important part of its activities…”
SUE CRAMER DIRECTOR, June 1989

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