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Title

Australian art history 1933-1978

2004

Artist

Noel Mckenna

Australia

05 Aug 1956 –

  • Details

    Date
    2004
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    Dimensions
    152.5 x 183.0 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated u.l. verso on stretcher, black ball-point pen "N. McKenna 04 ...".

    Credit
    Wendy Barron Bequest 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    3.2018
    Copyright
    © Noel McKenna/Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Noel Mckenna

    Works in the collection

    22

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  • About

    Noel McKenna's work depicts subjects drawn from contemporary life in a naïve and gently humorous style. This work belongs to a series of maps McKenna produced between 2002 and 2014, which are mostly of Australia. While McKenna's paintings are generally modest in scale, the maps are necessarily large to accommodate rich taxonomies of information. Each painting charts a disparate, idiosyncratic subject, from lighthouses to dangerous fauna, racecourses, public swimming pools, and 'big' tourist attractions. Here, the form of Australia accommodates a crossword puzzle on the history of Australian art between 1933-1978: a more enigmatic approach than the aggregation of names, facts and images in other maps. The clues gesture to figures and events familiar to McKenna but otherwise obscure and most likely forgotten, charting a highly personal account of interests, influences and incidental knowledge.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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