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Title

The telephone box

1954

Artist

John Brack

Australia

1920 - 11 Feb 1999

  • Details

    Date
    1954
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    80.3 x 47.1 cm sight; 81.5 x 48.5 cm stretcher; 84.5 x 51.5 x 4.6 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "John Brack 54".

    Credit
    Anonymous gift 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    20th & 21st c Australian art
    Accession number
    513.2010
    Copyright
    © Helen Brack

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    This painting depicts a woman in mid conversation in a public telephone box. Her figure is constructed through a series of repeated angular forms, so that she appears to be an extension of the stark geometry of her surroundings. It illustrates John Brack’s strategy of drawing viewers into his work by positioning them as direct and close observers of his subjects. While conversations normally imply connections between people, this work presents the act of communication as strained and isolating.

    'The telephone box' is indicative of the powerful statements about urban experience that the artist exhibited in his initial solo shows in 1953 and 1955, which established him as a significant presence in Australian art.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 13 publications

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