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An image of Conversations with the bride by Imants Tillers

Imants Tillers

(Australia 30 Jul 1950 – )

Conversations with the bride
Media category
Materials used
gouache, synthetic polymer paint on paper, type C photograph, aluminium

dimensions variable:

a-hhhhh - 112 paintings; 12.7 x 18.3 cm; each painting

iiiii-ppppppppp- 112 tripods; 163 cm; each tripod [height)

qqqqqqqqq-wwwwwwwww - 7 framed photographs; 43 x 58 x 3.3 cm; each frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1976
Accession number
© Imants Tillers
Not on display
Further information

Imants Tillers' installation 'Conversations with the bride' 1974-1975 stages a critical dialogue with Marcel Duchamp's famed painting 'The bride stripped bare by her bachelors, even' 1915-23, also known as 'The large glass'. Tillers' 'Conversations with the bride' comprises a system of 112 miniature paintings and photographs, fixed atop of 'coupled' aluminium tripods. Each image is appropriated from Duchamp's 'The large glass', as well as Hans Heysen's emblematic Australian landscape watercolour 'Summer' 1909 in the Art Gallery of New South Wales' collection, and textbook illustrations of gum trees.

The work exemplifies Tillers' postmodern strategy of 'intertexuality' whereby the relationship between artworks, artists and viewers is explored through the layering of historic and contemporary references from art and literature.

Bibliography (8)

Wystan Curnow, Imants Tillers and the 'Book of Power', "Part 1: Imants Tillers', Singapore, 1998, 12-14, 12-13 (illus.), 17, 19.

Jenepher Duncan (Editor), Off the Wall / In the Air: A seventies selection, Unknown, 1991. cat. no. 137

Deborah Hart (Curator) and Imants Tillers (Artist), Imant Tillers: one world many visions, 'Introduction: a work in progress', pg. 1-17, Canberra, 2006, 6 (colour illus.), 7.

John Kaldor AM (Curator), An Australian Accent, Sydney, 1984, 19 (illus.). figure no. 13

Charles Merewether, Towards Infinity: works by Imants Tillers, Displacement, Diaspora, Dissemination', pg.21-27, Mexico, 1999, 22, 24, 30 (colour illus.), 31 (colour illus.). cat. no 1

Imants Tillers, Australia: XIII Bienal de São Paulo, 'Imants Tillers, Bienal de Sao Paulo, Australia 1975, Conservations with the Bride', Sydney, 1975, (illus.). illustrations of the 7 framed photographs

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Cultural memory, critical distance', pg.154-203, Sydney, 2006, 156, 198 (colour illus.).

Donald Williams and Colin Simpson, Art now: contemporary art post - 1970, Sydney, 1994, 27 (colour illus.). fig. 2.5

Exhibition history (4)

Conservations with the bride, Watters Gallery, East Sydney, 1975–1975

XIII Bienal de São Paulo, Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil, 17 Oct 1975–15 Dec 1975

Off the Wall / In the Air: A seventies' selection, Monash University Gallery, Clayton, 28 Jun 1991–10 Aug 1991

Towards Infinity: works by Imants Tillers, Museo de arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Mexico, 24 Sep 1999–01 Jan 2000