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An image of Turn by Dick Watkins

Dick Watkins

(Australia 04 May 1937 – )

Place of origin
McMahons PointSydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

115.6 x 111.7 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1966
Accession number
© Dick Watkins. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia
Not on display
Further information

"The painting 'Turn' was made in late '65. It was an attempt to have my cake (simplicity) and eat it too (complexity, content) or something. It has a connection obviously with the best American painting (P.P.A. [Post-painterly abstraction]) but not with the critical dogmas that surround that 'school'".
- letter from the artist to AGNSW, 1967

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001

Bibliography (5)

Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Contemporary Practice - Here, There, Everywhere ...', pg. 229-285, Sydney, 1994, 250, 251 (colour illus.).

Michael Desmond, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Abstraction', pg.16-59, Sydney, 2006, 56 (colour illus.).

Carrie Lumby, Australian art collector, 'Dick Watkins: an artist's artist', pg. 136-138, Sydney, Jan 2005-Mar 2005, 136 (colour illus.).

Terry Smith, Other voices: critical journal [vol. 1, no. 1], 'Color-form painting: Sydney 1965-70', pg. 6-17, Sydney, Jun 1970-Jul 1970, 11 (illus.). NOTE: image Couresty of Art Gallery of N.S.W.

Wallace Thornton., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Op art colour is its strength', Sydney, 28 Sep 1968, n.pag.. page number unknown

Exhibition history (2)

Dick Watkins: paintings (1966), Central Street Gallery, Sydney, 27 Sep 1966–22 Oct 1966

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1966, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1967 -