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Title

Australian art history 1933-1978

2004


Artist

Noel McKenna

Australia

05 Aug 1956 -


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.


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


Artist information

Noel McKenna

Works in the collection

22


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Noel McKenna: Landscape- mapped, Southbank, 2017, 14, 32-33 (colour illus., detail), 86.