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Title

Pipes smell nice, but I wonder how long it will take to get the mouth cancer

2009


Artist

Noel McKenna

Australia

05 Aug 1956 -


About

The 'Pipe smoking suite' relates to a contemporary practise of 'surfing the net' on any chosen subject. Noel McKenna is not particularly conversant with computer culture, nor a frequent user. However, he happened to be interested in a famous painting by Cezanne depicting pipe smoking ('The card players') and was astounded at the result from 'Googling' the subject, leading to the current series. His fascination with such archetypical images of human physiognomy and habits however happens to have long established antecedents, beginning in Australia with the droll, understated satire of the colonial Australian artist ST Gill.


Details


Date

2009


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on plywood


Dimensions

50.0 x 49.8 cm board; 52.0 x 54.2 x 4.1 cm frame (irreg.)


Signature & date

Signed and dated u.l. corner verso, black oil "N.McKENNA 09".


Credit

Patrick White Bequest Fund 2009


Location

Not on display


Accession number

333.2009


Artist information

Noel McKenna

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Samela Harris., The advertiser, 'Cult of funny cats', Adelaide, 25 May 2009.

Noel McKenna., Noel McKenna: Google series, Men smoking pipes, Autumn, Men fishing, Cats etc, 'Google series, Men smoking pipes, Autumn, Men fishing, Cats etc', Adelaide, 2009, (colour illus.). cat.no. 9; not paginated

Louise Vodic., dBMagazine.com.au [issue# 469], 'Noel McKenna: Google Series, Men Smoking Pipes, Autumn, Men Fishing, Cats etc', Adelaide, 17 Jun 2009-30 Jun 2009. Exhibition review