Wendy Paramor


The Field

Rare and very collectable first edition of this iconic catalogue produced in 1968 to accompany “The Field”, regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history – a radical showcase of 74 abstract and conceptual, colour field, geometric and hard edge artworks. Influenced by the American origins of abstract art, the exhibition opened to much controversy at the NGV in 1968 with its silver foil-covered walls and geometric light fittings, boldly launching the careers of a generation of young Australian artists including Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson and Robert Jacks. It was the first the NGV staged in its new Swanston Street galleries.
Handsomely designed with its wrapped, french-flap, die-cut cover, the book includes profiles on each exhibiting artist in the exhibition, including colour and black and white reproductions of all 72 of the works exhibited.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary the NGV will restage the exhibition as The Field Revisited, opening in May 2018 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Texts by Elwyn Lynn, Patrick McCaughey, Royston Harpur, and an introduction by Brian Finemore (Curator) and John Stringer (Exhibitions Manager).

Artists included: Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson, Robert Jacks, James Doolin, David Aspden, Tony Bishop, Ian Burn, Gunter Christmann, Tony Coleing, Noel Dunn, Garry Foulkes, Dale Hickey, Michael Johnson, Col Jordan, Michael Kitching, Alun Leach-Jones, Nigel Lendon, Tony McGillick, Clement Meadmore, Michael Nicholson, Harald Noritis, Alan Oldfield, Wendy Paramor, Paul Partos, John Peart, Emanuel Raft, Melvyn Ramsden, R.C. Robertson-Swann, Robert Rooney, Rollin Schlicht, Udo Sellbach, Eric Shirley, Joseph Szabo, Vernon Treweeke, Trevor Vickers, Dick Watkins, John White, Normana Wight.

* Condition: Good (very good and clean/tight throughout with only light wear to wraps inc. black ink mark to top spine, previous owner inscription to internal fold) small scraping to the top-left spine corner on cover wrap, light handling wear and light edge tanning, but a very good copy throughout otherwise) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

The Field (1968)
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Discipline No. 4

Edited by Nicholas Croggon, David Homewood, & Helen Hughes; with a guest edited section by Ferdiansyah Thajib, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center; and designed by Robert Milne.


Cover : Gordon Bennett

Editorial by Nicholas Croggon, David Homewood & Helen Hughes

Elizabeth Newman: Abstraction, Simulation, Obscuration by Francis Plagne

Critical Ambiguity: A Kantian Reading of Recent Work by Juan Davila by Helen Johnson

Trans-Pacific: Abstract Painting in Australia, New Zealand and America 1930–1960 by Rex Butler & A.D.S. Donaldson

Object Documentation by David Homewood & Bronté Lambert

The Dispute at the 19th Biennale of Sydney by Michael Ascroft

Illusion in Wendy Paramor’s Triad by Amelia Sully

Ambient Perspective and Endless Art by Nikos Papastergiadis & Amelia Barikin

Figures of the Machine: Richard Tuohy’s Halftone Films by Giles Fielke

Non-Resolution IRL by Danni Zuvela

Interview with Hito Steyerl by Amelia Groom

The Three Bodies of Angus Cerini by Jon Roffe

Encountering a Collection: Fiona Connor’s Wallworks by Kate Warren

What it’s Like to Dance Naked in the Museum and Other Thoughts: Stuart Ringholt’s Kraft (2014) by Liang Luscombe & Patrice Sharkey

Contemporary Art and Contemporaneity: Reflections on Method, Review of Reviews (Part 2) by Terry Smith

The Eternal Return of Irony: Gordon Bennett (1955–2014) by Ian McLean

Clothes by Centre for Style

Back Cover : John Citizen

Guess edited section by Ferdiansyah Thajib, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center (loose booklet in Bahasa and English)

Holopis Kuntul Baris: Karya Seni di Era Kolaborasi yang Tampak Mekanis / Holopis Kuntul Baris: The Work of Art in the Age of Manifestly Mechanical Collab­oration

Pengantar/Introduction by Ferdiansyah Thajib

Kerangka Kolektivitas/Terms of Collectivity by Simon Soon

Wok the Rock & Co.: Memahami Persahabatan dalam Dunia Seni Yogyakarta/Wok the Rock & Co.: Making Sense of Friendship in Yogyakarta’s Art Scene by Nuraini Juliastuti

Punkasila, Kerjasama dan Persahabatan/Punkasila, Cooperation and Friendship by Syafiatudina

Hestu A. Nugroho (Setu Legi)
(artist pages)

Discipline No. 4
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