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Alternate image of Untitled (ZVDG) by Daniel Boyd
Alternate image of Untitled (ZVDG) by Daniel Boyd
Alternate image of Untitled (ZVDG) by Daniel Boyd
Alternate image of Untitled (ZVDG) by Daniel Boyd
  • Details

    Places where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Cairns Queensland Australia
    Media categories
    Mixed media painting , Painting
    Materials used
    oil and archival glue on linen
    190.0 x 300.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated. c.l., verso paint "DANIEL BOYD 2014".

    Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Dr Clinton Ng and Steven Johnston 2022
    South Building, ground level, Asian Lantern galleries
    Accession number
    © Daniel Boyd

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  • About

    ‘Untitled (ZVDG)’ 2014 is drawn from Boyd’s presentation at the 2014 Kochi-Muziris Biennale (12 December 2014 – 29 March 2015). Curated by artist Jitish Kallat and titled Whorled Explorations, this exhibition brought together ‘sensory and conceptual propositions that map our world referencing history, geography, cosmology, time, space, dreams and myths.’

    Boyd’s contribution created a conceptual link between Kochi and Australia through the travels of Vasco De Gama. De Gama had extorted gold coins from the King of Kilwa, East Africa, which mysteriously turned up in Northern Australia. The potential movement of these coins from Africa to India and Australia could be linked to celestial navigation, pointing to possible international connections and trade with Australia prior to the arrival of the British (and Macassans). As Boyd has stated: ‘This points to the spice trade routes which helped connect different landscapes. This opens up discussions about pre-colonial British contact in Northern Australia.’ To refer to this in his presentation Boyd created paintings of Polynesian constellations maps and of the gold coins, which were displayed alongside ‘Untitled (ZVDG)’. This major work is based on an engraving of an 1898 Portuguese painting showing Vasco Da Gama’s meeting with the Zamorin of Calicut and is painted in Boyd’s signature style or employing tonal graduations and dots to give a sense of shifting light on the landscape.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Sydney, Cairns

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Correspondence, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Sep 2022–2024

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