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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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Inhibodress 1970-1972
Sue Cramer (Ed.)

Published by the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane in 1989 and edited by curator Sue Cramer.

This exhibition and catalogue considers the gallery Inhibodress which existed in Sydney 1970-1972. The focus is upon the significance of the gallery as an example of independent action by artists, which achieved major importance through its commitment to and promotion of a new kind of critical art. Inhibodress failed as a collective, but succeeded in exploring a range of avant—garde ideas and establishing in Sydney a new kind of conceptually-based practice which questioned the nature and purpose of art, the status of painting and the notion of the art-object. In the debates which surrounded Inhibodress, and in the work of its main exhibiting artists, the notion of the ‘idea’ or ‘concept’ superseded the notion of the art object, opening up the possibilities of art beyond Greenbergian formalism.  Inhibodress was born at the beginning of the seventies as a part of that moment in Australia (1968- 1972) when in the eyes of a number of young art practitioners, the implications of formalist art had reached their furthermost extreme: when minimalism was inverted to seed the beginnings of ‘post—minimalism’; when an interest in the internal aesthetics of the art object became an investigation into the place of art in the world. This new conceptual work explored art’s inextricable links with the world, with philosophy and politics, with society and its institutions. These changes corresponded of ‘course to those which had taken place in America and Europe and they had particular and fervent manifestation in Australia around this time…”
Sue Cramer

Essays and interviews with artists Tim Johnson, Peter Kennedy and Mike Parr, alongside documentation of Inhibodress exhibitions, performances, events, notifications and catalogues, this publication serves as an in-depth look at an important moment in Australian contemporary art history.

Designed by Sue Cramer and John Nixon.

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Hito Steyerl
Too Much World: The Films of Hito Steyerl

 
Edited by Nick Aikens
Texts by Nick Aikens, Karen Archey, Thomas Elsaesser, Pablo Lafuente, Sven Lütticken, David Riff, Hito Steyerl, Ana Teixeira Pinto

Hito Steyerl is rightly considered one of the most exciting artists working today who speculates on the impact of the Internet and digitization on the fabric of our everyday lives. Her films and writings offer an astute, provocative, and often funny analysis of the dizzying speed with which images and data are reconfigured, altered, and dispersed, many times over, accelerating into infinity or crashing into oblivion.

Published to accompany the artist’s survey exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Too Much World gathers a series of essays and close readings of Steyerl’s films from the past ten years. Newly commissioned texts by Sven Lütticken, Karen Archey, Ana Teixeira Pinto, and Nick Aikens, alongside writings by Thomas Elsaesser, Pablo Lafuente, David Riff, and Steyerl, are spliced with over one hundred pages of color stills. This publication is a charged slideshow of the artist’s extraordinary investigations into the status, circulation, and materiality of images.

Copublished with Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Design by Bardhi Haliti

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Q SPACE + Q SPACE ANNEX 1980 + 1981
Peter Cripps, John Nixon


Publication produced by the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane on the occasion of the exhibition “Q SPACE + Q SPACE ANNEX 1980 + 1981”, curated by Peter Cripps in 1986.

“In 1981+82 Q SPACE and Q SPACE ANNEX, directed  by John Nixon, operated in Brisbane as part of a series of strategies by artists involved in the reorientation and remodelling of contemporary art practice. Over the two years that Q SPACE and Q SPACE ANNEX operated, seventy seven exhibitions were held. Q SPACE, as with the earlier V SPACE, derived its meaning from the state in which it operated ― Q standing for Queensland. Works by the following artists and groups were shown at these spaces: Peter Tyndall, Jenny Watson, Imants Tillers, Hilary Boscott, John Davis, Robert MacPherson, John  Nixon, John Smith and Anti-Music. This exhibition and catalogue have been compiled from the Q SPACE archives. Where possible we have attempted to maintain the original method and feeling of  this documentation.”
PETER CRIPPS
Brisbane, June 1986

Includes texts by Peter Cripps and John Nixon, as well as an interview between the two artists, alongside exhibition photography of each show by John Nixon and Robert MacPherson, and an exhibition history.

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