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Title

Auto sex

1968

Artist

Robert Boynes

Australia

1942 –

Alternate image of Auto sex by Robert Boynes
Alternate image of Auto sex by Robert Boynes
  • Details

    Other Title
    '... towards an even more vainer death than no matter whose'
    Place where the work was made
    England
    Date
    1968
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    Dimensions
    151.3 x 151.0 x 3.0 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated u.r. verso on canvas, black fibre-tipped pen "Boynes/ '68".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    280.2015
    Copyright
    © Robert Boynes. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Robert Boynes

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    'Auto sex' 1968 was first exhibited in Oxford, England, in a solo show of Robert Boynes's work curated by Nick Waterlow at the Bear Lane Gallery. Its overarching themes were best described by writer Ian North as 'sexual exploitation, technological dehumanisation and (a reflection of Hockney) Mediterranean travel' [1]. 'Auto sex' was originally titled '… towards an even more vainer death than no master whose', which is a quote from 'Texts for nothing #8' by Samuel Beckett, one of Boynes's literary influences at the time.

    The work was later renamed 'Auto sex': a didactic summation of the imagery, which synthesises car culture, eroticism and violence, in a comment on the frivolity of post-war society. During the late 1960s Boynes had been collecting clippings from magazines to use as source material for his pop art inspired paintings. The surreal juxtaposition of bare breasted pin-up models, fast vintage cars, and floating engine parts in 'Auto sex' derives from this process.

    1. Ian North, 'The dilemma of Robert Boynes' in Bulletin of the Art Gallery of South Australia, 1977, vol 35, p 11

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    England

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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