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Title

K-Y Country

1976

Artist

David McDiarmid

Australia

05 Sep 1952 - 25 May 1995

  • Details

    Date
    1976
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    metallic paint, pencil, coloured pencil, red fibre-tipped pen, red and black ink on graph paper
    Dimensions
    32.0 x 27.0 x 1.7 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Don Baxter 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    29.2015
    Copyright
    © David McDiarmid. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • About

    David McDiarmid's first exhibition at the Hogarth Galleries in December 1976 consisted of 32 collage, text and drawn works on paper which explored gay identity and sexual desire, often with specific references to inner city Sydney. This group of works are from this exhibition which launched McDiarmid in Sydney, the opening of which is remembered by his close friend Sally Gray as "…a sensation. A modish crowd of young people, seemingly elated at the art, the summer night and the potentiality of the times, combined to create that special combination of sexual politics, radical chic and fashionable glamour characteristic of the launches of McDiarmid's shows in Sydney throughout the 1970s."

    While McDiarmid worked widely with art, fashion and design his foregrounding of an often radical gay identity and sexual politics was central to his practice. In fact, McDiarmid was the first person arrested in Australia protesting for gay rights, in 1972. These collages and drawings trace an urban gay man's desires and the places where he could connect with other gay men, and importantly, as the exhibition titled "Secret love (drawings)" suggests, they brought into public view a sexuality that was often still invisible and certainly still illegal in Australia.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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