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Title

The beautiful one is here

1969-1970


Artist

Mike Brown

Australia

08 May 1938 - 09 Apr 1997


About

Mike Brown’s dense collage of nude women in sexually suggestive poses was sourced from magazines, comics, newspapers and other media of the day, and reflects prevailing attitudes to women in Australian culture of the late 1960s.

Brown wanted his art to be made from everyday life and its materials. His choice of images for this collage acknowledged the existence of private sexual fantasy, the porn industry and sexually exploitative advertising. It also revealed his antagonism towards the elitism and conventions
of ‘high’ art. Today it is more difficult to appreciate the relative shock value of this work at the time it was made, when the broader Australian society was deeply conservative. For those who welcomed the more socially progressive 1960s, however, it represented a liberating celebration of sexual freedom (coupled with a blindness, from today’s perspective, to its sexism).


Details


Date

1969-1970


Media categories

Painting , Collage


Materials used

collage of magazine, newspapre and comics cuttings, synthetic polymer paint on hardboard


Dimensions

121.5 x 121.5 cm board; 124.0 x 124.2 x 8.8 cm frame


Credit

Purchased 1975


Location

Not on display


Accession number

24.1975


Artist information

Mike Brown

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Mosaic and figure', pg. 213-214, Sydney, 2000, 232 (colour illus.), 300.

Richard Haese, Permanent revolution: Mike Brown and the Australian avant-garde 1953-1997, 'Change and dissent: anti-modernism and post-object art (1969-74)', pg. 156-185, Melbourne, 2011, 170 (colour illus.), 290.

Terence Maloon, Look, 'Dreams of Utopia', pg. 9, Heidelberg, May 1989, 9 (colour illus.).

Unknown, Patrick White, painter, manqué: paintings, painters and their influence on his writing, 'Patrick White's choice', pg. 114-119, Carlton, 2002, 115.

Unknown, Seeing is believing: the art in photography, '50s 60s & Pop', Sydney, 1985. cat.no. 6; not paginated

Unknown, Patrick White's Choice, Sydney, Dec 1981. cat.no. 15