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An image of Frontal 2 by Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

(Australia 1938 – )

Title
Frontal 2
Other titles:
Frontal II
Frontal Two
Year
1968
Media category
Painting
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions

198.5 x 214.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Signed and dated c. verso on stretcher cross-bar, black synthetic polymer paint "MICHAEL JOHNSON 1968".
Credit
Gift of Michael and Margot Johnson 2000
Accession number
88.2000
Copyright
© Michael Johnson
Location
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

Michael Johnson, Sydney Ball, Dick Watkins and Tony McGillick all showed work in 'The field' exhibition held at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1968, the first comprehensive survey of Australian
colour-field painting.

Johnson's works from the 1960s onwards are primarily concerned with colour and the manipulation of spatial planes through colour relationships. 'Frontal 2' was one of two works he exhibited in The field. He developed it out of a series of modular-shaped canvases he began in 1965 in London, where he was able to experience first-hand the works of the New York School artists.

Bibliography (16)

Elwyn Lynn, The field, Untitled essay, pg. 84-85, Melbourne, 1968, 33 (illus.). cat.no. 30

Editor Unknown (Editor), Nation, 'Judgement day', Sydney, 23 Nov 1968, page unknown.

Patrick McCaughey., Art and Australia, 'The significance of The Field', Sydney, Dec 1968, 241 (colour illus.), 242.

Terence Maloon, Michael Johnson paintings 1968-1986, 'Michael Johnson', pg. 4-8, Parkville, Aug 1986, 9 (colour illus.), 33. cat.no. 1

Robert Rooney, The Weekend Australian, 'A hard won leap to freedom', pg. 14, Surry Hills, 16 Aug 1986-17 Aug 1986, 14. Review of Melbourne University Gallery survey exhibition.

John McDonald, Art and Australia (Vol. 24, No. 3), 'Michael Johnson', pg. 346-350, Sydney, Autumn 1987, 348.

Frances Lindsay, The 1988 Australian Biennale: from the Southern Cross: a view of world art c.1940-88, 'Antipodean antecedents: an accent on the present', pg. 13-17, Sydney, 1988, 160, 279. no catalogue numbers

Elwyn Lynn., The Weekend Australian, 'Farewell to all that jolly fun', Surry Hills, 28 May 1988-29 May 1988, page unknown.

Victoria Lynn., Michael Johnson paintings 1968-1988, 'Michael Johnson', Sydney, 1989, (colour illus.). no catalogue numbers, not paginated

Christopher Allen, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'An exhuberant Johnson turns new artist at 50', pg. 84, Sydney, 11 Feb 1989, 84.

Barry Pearce, Michael Johnson, Roseville, 2004, 28, 29 (colour illus.), 138, 199. plate no. 11

Michael Desmond, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Abstraction', pg.16-59, Sydney, 2006, 18, 40, 41 (colour illus.).

Natalie Wilson, Tackling THE FIELD, 'Tackling The Field', pg. 1-29, Sydney, 2009, 8, 10, 15 (colour illus.), 16.

Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Hard work: A new show reminds us of the limitations of colour-field abstraction', pg. 12-13, Canberra, 17 Oct 2009-18 Oct 2009, 13. Focus room 'Tackling the field' exhibition review.

Paula Dredge, Look, '20th century paint: a worldwide scientific search to find ways to care for it', pg. 31-32, Newtown, May 2014, 32. Artist is photographed in front of the work.

Sasha Grishin, Untitled, 'New abstraction and the challenge to regionalism', pg. 398-411, 400, 401 (colour illus.), 551, 563. plate no. 38.1

Exhibition history (7)

Young contemporaries exhibition 1968, Farmer's Blaxland Gallery, Sydney, 13 Mar 1968–23 Mar 1968

The field:

Michael Johnson paintings 1968-1986, University Gallery, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 06 Aug 1986–03 Oct 1986

1988 Australian Biennale: from the Southern Cross: a view of world art c.1940-88:

Michael Johnson paintings 1968-1988, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Feb 1989–02 Apr 1989

Australian abstraction 1965-1985: from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Dec 2006–25 Jan 2007

Australian Collection Focus: Tackling THE FIELD, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Sep 2009–29 Nov 2009