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Title

52 displacements (nos 25, 31, 37, 43, 50, 52)


Artist

Imants Tillers

Australia

30 Jul 1950 -


About

The canvas panels from this series were painted after American artist Frederic Waugh's 'Paintings of the sea', which were reproduced in Walter Foster's 'How to draw' series. Imants Tillers copied one painting each week for the period of a year from the reproductions in Foster's book, including their gold frames. Six canvases from the resulting series are displayed here in a grid format.

From 1973 Tillers had begun working with images derived from artworks by other artists as he moved towards an appropriation-based art. His practice was influenced by the prevalence of artwork reproductions and their role in mediating the experience of art. Paradoxically, his work reveals how each reproduction exists as a unique version of the original artwork, with inconsistencies of colour and tone intrinsic to each reproduction.


Details


Date

1979-1980


Media categories

Painting , Installation


Materials used

gouache on canvas (six paintings), text (six framed panels)


Dimensions

Installation dimensions variable according to wall size :

a - No. 25 [painting]; 34.2 x 42.5 cm; canvas

b - No. 31 [painting]; 34 x 42.5 cm; canvas

c - No. 37 [painting]; 34.5 x 42.5 cm; canvas

d - No. 43 [painting]; 34.5 x 42.8 cm; canvas

e - No. 50 [painting]; 34 x 42.2 cm; canvas

f - No. 52 [painting]; 34.5 x 42.5 cm; canvas

g - No. 25 [text]; 17.7 x 19.9 x 1.3 cm; frame

h - No. 31 [text]; 18.3 x 23.2 x 1.3 cm; frame

i - No. 37 [text]; 18.3 x 21.9 x 1.3 cm; frame

j - No. 43 [text]; 17.7 x 20.6 x 1.3 cm; frame

k - No. 50 [text]; 18.1 x 23.1 x 1.3 cm; frame

l - No. 52 [text]; 18.1 x 21.8 x 1.3 cm; frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1980


Location

Not on display


Accession number

16.1980.a-l


Artist information

Imants Tillers

Works in the collection

18


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 10 publications

Bibliography


Graham Coulter-Smith, The Postmodern Art of Imants Tillers: Appropriation 'en abyme', 1971-2002, London, 2002, 74 (illus.), 147.

Wystan Curnow, Imants Tillers and the 'Book of Power', "Part 1: Imants Tillers', Singapore, 1998, 17, 19 (illus.).

Suzo Gabik, Art and Australia (Vol. 18, No. 4), 'Report from Australia: Part 2", pg.352-55, Sydney, Winter 1981.

John Kaldor AM (Curator), An Australian Accent, Sydney, 1984, 19, 20 (illus.).

Charles Merewether, Towards Infinity: works by Imants Tillers, 'Displacement, Diaspora, Dissemination', pg.21-27, Mexico, 1999, 22, 32 (illus.). cat.no. 2, illustration is an installation shot of all 52 canvases

Bernice Murphy, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Contemporary Art - Australian, European and American', pg. 37-46, Sydney, 1981, 46 (illus.). cat.no.15

Bernice Murphy, Australian Perspecta 1981, Sydney, 1981, 134-135, 135 (illus.). cat.no.116

National Gallery of Victoria [Swanston Street], Popism, 1982. cat.no.23

Michael Newman, Imants Tillers: works 1978-1988, 'Imants Tillers: the artist as translator', London, 1988, (illus), (colour illus.). no pagination or catalogue numbers; illustration is of No.47

n-space, Sydney, 52 Displacements, Sydney, NSW, 1981, (illus.). no pagination