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Title

The beautiful one is here

1969-1970

Artist

Mike Brown

Australia

08 May 1938 - 09 Apr 1997

  • 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
    Copyright
    © Mike Brown Estate

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    Artist information
    Mike Brown

    Works in the collection

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  • 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).

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

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