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Title

Philadelphia


Artist

Robert Klippel

Australia, United States of America

19 Jun 1920 - 19 Jun 2001


About

This collage is made from photographs taken from a nineteenth century book containing hundreds of finely detailed drawings of machines. Klippel cut and assembled the work, beginning with the vertical forms and building up the landscape section. The title 'Philadelphia' is taken from the frequent appearance of that name on the machine parts. In the late nineteenth century Philadelphia was the centre of an important industrial area in the United States of America. Klippel kept the name partly because of its mechanical associations and partly because of associations with works by Duchamp and Cézanne he had seen in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

An overwhelming surrealist/mechanist landscape, it is the largest and most important collage Klippel had so far produced, and a key work in the Gallery's representation of his art.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000


Details


Date

1978-1979


Media categories

Mixed media , Collage


Materials used

photomontage on paper on canvas


Dimensions

151.5 x 242.5 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black ink "Robert Klippel 1979".


Credit

Purchased 1980


Location

Not on display


Accession number

4.1980


Artist information

Robert Klippel

Works in the collection

204


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 9 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Robert Klippel: collage and drawings, 1947-1983, Sydney, 1984. cat.no. 147

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

Deborah Edwards, Robert Klippel: large wood sculptures and collages, 'Robert Klippel - Large Wood Sculptures and Collages', pg. 7-35, Sydney, 1995, 26 (illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Robert Klippel, 'Scaled to nature: Sydney 1970s-80s', pg. 134-186, Sydney, 2002, 138, 139 (illus., detail), 141, 143, 167 (illus.), 257.

James Gleeson, Robert Klippel, 'Plenum: Sydney 1976-82', pg. 381-460, Kensington, 1983, 447 (illus.). LS 108

Brian Ladd, The sculptor's studio: Robert Klippel, Sydney, 1990, 4 (illus.).

Humphrey McQueen, Art Monthly Australia, 'Positions vacant', pg. 21-23, Canberra, Sep 2000, 23.

Barry Pearce, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Australian Art', pg. 5-26, Sydney, 1981, 17 (illus.). cat.no. 23

David Tunny., Look, 'The sculptor's studio: Robert Klipel', Heidelberg, May 1990, 12 (illus.).