'Untitled (white series no 6)' was shown in Robert Hunter's debut exhibition at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, in May 1968. From the outset Hunter was a consummate minimalist, which is apparent in his work's economy of geometric shapes and white tones. Hunter was inspired by Ad Reinhardt's black monochromatic paintings from the early 1960s, which he'd encountered at the National Gallery of Victoria in the Museum of Modern Art travelling exhibition 'Two decades of American painting' in 1967. Evoking timeless forms such as the arch or mandala, the scarcely visible composition of 'Untitled (white series no 6)' is based upon a grid format that has been offset by curvilinear lines.
Hunter briefly abandoned painting on canvas in 1970 and, like his other influence Sol Lewitt, he began working on ephemeral wall murals which foreshadowed the dematerialisation of the object and the emergence of conceptual art in the 1970s. By the 1980s Hunter had returned to painting on traditional supports, but continued working within the parameters of the white monochrome and the grid.
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
158.5 x 158.5 cm stretcher
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Georgina Carnegie 1984
Not on display
© Robert Hunter. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Looking at seeing & reading:
Dead Sun, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Oct 1997–09 Nov 1997
Australian abstraction 1965-1985: from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Dec 2006–25 Jan 2007
Robert Hunter survey, National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne, 27 Apr 2018–26 Aug 2018