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Title

Untitled (white series no 6)

1968


Artist

Robert Hunter

Australia

1947 - 23 Sep 2014


About

'Untitled (white series no 6)' was shown in Robert Hunter's debut exhibition at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, in May 1968. From the outset Hunter was a consummate minimalist, which is apparent in his work's economy of geometric shapes and white tones. Hunter was inspired by Ad Reinhardt's black monochromatic paintings from the early 1960s, which he'd encountered at the National Gallery of Victoria in the Museum of Modern Art travelling exhibition 'Two decades of American painting' in 1967. Evoking timeless forms such as the arch or mandala, the scarcely visible composition of 'Untitled (white series no 6)' is based upon a grid format that has been offset by curvilinear lines.

Hunter briefly abandoned painting on canvas in 1970 and, like his other influence Sol Lewitt, he began working on ephemeral wall murals which foreshadowed the dematerialisation of the object and the emergence of conceptual art in the 1970s. By the 1980s Hunter had returned to painting on traditional supports, but continued working within the parameters of the white monochrome and the grid.


Details


Date

1968


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

158.5 x 158.5 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Georgina Carnegie 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

104.1984


Artist information

Robert Hunter

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Dead Sun, Sydney, 1997.

Natalie Wilson, Tackling THE FIELD, 'Tackling The Field', pg. 1-29, Sydney, 2009, 10 (colour illus.), 25. NOTE: This work was hung in an adjoining room for the duration of the 'Tackling THE FIELD' collection focus display.