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Title

Enola Gay


Artist

Ian Howard

Australia

28 Aug 1947 -


About

Ian Howard studied art at a time when the only challenge to the dominance of figurative painting was the formalist doctrines of abstraction. When he graduated in 1968 these concerns seemed trivial with Australia’s unfolding involvement
in the Vietnam War. In response, Howard began making life-sized impressions of military hardware by taping large rolls of paper directly over these machines and making crayon rubbings of the structures beneath.

The 'Enola Gay' was the B-29 Super Fortress US bomber that dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Howard presents an ominous ‘shadow’ of the machine that carried the most destructive bomb
in world history.


Details


Date

1975


Media category

Rubbing


Materials used

black wax crayon rubbing on three sheets of paper, two black and white photographs


Dimensions

wax rubbing 274.0 x 361.0 cm (irreg.) overall; photographs 99.0 x 116.7 cm each sheet :

99 x 116.7 cm

99 x 116.7 cm


Credit

Gift of the NSW Government Art Scholarship Committee 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

229.1977.a-e


Artist information

Ian Howard

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Jenepher Duncan (Editor), Off the Wall / In the Air: A seventies selection, Unknown, 1991. cat. no. 64

Rod James, Nuclear (r)age: the bomb in Australian art, 'Nuclear (R)Age: the bomb in Australian art', pg. 4-16, Clayton, Jun 1993, 6, 13 (illus.), 29. cat.no. 29

Michael Wardell, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Ideas and actions', pg.60-107, Sydney, 2006, 76, 77 (illus.).