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Mathew Jones' conceptual art practice invariably incorporates drawing, sculpture and installation and in more recent years print and online media. He came to prominence in Australia during the 1990s with a series of politically rigorous works that addressed identity politics, gay rights and representation.

'The New York Daily News on the day before the Stonewall Riot copied by hand from microfilm records' 1996 highlights many of Jones' concerns and embodies his disciplined, even obsessive, working methods. Produced over a period of ten intensive months, Jones traced the complete edition of the 'The New York Daily News' June 27, 1969 from microfilm, as the original was not available. The date of the newspaper was significant for the artist as it reported the funeral of Judy Garland and was the day that marked the beginning of the Stonewall Riots, considered the birth of gay rights activism in America.

This work has taken on different forms. In 2002 Jones printed hundreds of copies of the original drawings to create a reassembled version of the original newspaper, placed in stacks for an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. He has also distributed photocopied versions around the streets of Manhattan. Through these actions Jones' practice becomes a type of public performance. In fact it is in the intersection between private and public, between the intimate, prolonged act of drawing and its subsequent public dissemination, which Jones' work resonates. His practice constantly reworks this almost contradictory methodology.

'The New York Daily News' eloquently demonstrates fundamental aspects of Jones' conceptual strategy, his ability to bridge the threshold, and maintain the tension, between private and public concerns.




Media category

Artist's book

Materials used

artist's bound book: 54 leaves, 100 individually photocopied drawings, hand tinted with ink and watercolour on ivory Ingres paper




40.7 x 29.6 cm each leaf approx.; 41.3 x 30.7 x 1.7 cm closed book; 41.3 x 61.3 x 1.7 cm open book

Signature & date

Signed lower c. title page [page 3], pencil "M Jones". Not dated.


Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2012


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Mathew Jones

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 13 publications


Vince Aletti, The village voice, 'Mathew Jones', pg. 81, New York, 25 Feb 1997, 81 (illus.).

Chris Bond, The big issue, 'New York Daily Times', pg. 33, 29 May 1997, 33.

Mark Currah, Time out, ''Asylum' Milch (upcoming)', pg. 42, London, 09 Jun 1999, 42.

Anna Davis (Editor), MCA collection: new acquisitions in context, Sydney, 2010.

Max Delany, Strolling: the art of arcades, boulevards, barricades, publicity, Victoria, 1998, 17 (colour illus.), 29, 30.

Peter Hill, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Double vision', pg. 26, Sydney, 25 Oct 2002, 26.

DJ Huppatz, Like, art magazine, 'Review', pg. 48-49, Melbourne, 1997, 48, 49.

David Langsam, The republican, 'Day that changed America and the world', pg. 18, 12 Jun 1997, 18.

Kyla McFarlane (Editor), Change, Melbourne, 2010, 11 (colour illus.). NOTE: not AGNSW edition.

Jacqueline Millner, Broadsheet, 'Mathew Jones+Simon Starling', pg. 27, Adelaide, Dec 2002, 27.

Marcus O'Donnell, Outrage, 'All about nothing', pg. 30-31, Melbourne, Jun 1997, 30, 31.

Steve Perkin, The Age, 'The jobs people do', pg. 8, Melbourne, 12 Jun 1997, 8 (illus.).

Russell Storer (Curator), Jones/Starling, Sydney, 2002, 8 (colour illus.), 9 (colour illus., detail), 20.