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Title

Black and orange cross

1992

Artist

John Nixon

Australia

13 Sep 1949 - 18 Aug 2020

  • Details

    Date
    1992
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    enamel on chipboard
    Dimensions
    243.0 x 182.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 1998
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    51.1998
    Copyright
    © Estate of John Nixon

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    If minimalism is the movement against which Hilarie Mais must be comprehended, for John Nixon constructivism is the key. The flawless and seemingly inevitable abstractions of twentieth-century masters such as Mondrian and Malevich provide Nixon with his point of departure. Beyond formal values, Malevich's social idealism and belief in the transformative role of art have influenced Nixon's approach to contemporary art production. The notion of the discrete and self-sufficient artwork, though not rescinded by him, has been subjected to systematic interrogation and re-conceptualisation since Nixon began his career in 1973. The ongoing sequence of non-objective self-portraits which has occupied him since the early 1980s, and for which he is internationally known, posits a view of artistic identity at odds with the expressive-romantic clichés more usual in Australian portraiture. Nixon has been an articulate defender of this position, arguing his case in room-scaled installations and thematic exhibitions of admirable authority over many years.

    Art Gallery of New Wales Handbook, 1999.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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