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Title

March Hare

2014


Artist

Dona Nelson

United States of America

1947 -


About

Dona Nelson has exhibited extensively since the 1970s and is recognised for her adventurous and technically innovative paintings that have vehemently resisted stylistic categorisation. In 1968, at the age of 19, she was accepted into the inaugural year of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. Always deeply interested in the process of painting, her early work revealed a diverse range of influences, from abstract expressionism to pop, and reflected her conviction that the distinctions between figuration and abstraction were not terribly relevant to the act of painting itself.

‘March Hare’, belongs to a series of two-sided paintings that have been the central focus of the artist's practice for the past decade. Executed using special coatings to change the surface tension of the canvas and high pressure hoses to physically force the paint fronm front to back, the work is comprised of two distinct images – one which is actively worked upon and another which the artist thinks of as a ‘received’ image. Formally bold and rigorously idiosyncratic, 'March Hare' addresses us like another body in the space and challenges us to unpack the mysteries that went into its creation.


Details


Date

2014


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint and synthetic polymer medium on canvas with metal stand (two-sided painting)


Dimensions

210.8 x 198.1 cm canvas; 154.0 x 231.0 x 25.5 cm stand


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest and with funds provided by the Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2015


Accession number

55.2015.a-b


Artist information

Dona Nelson

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • Dona Nelson: 'Phigor', Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 03 Apr 2015–24 May 2015

  • Unpainting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Sep 2017–12 Aug 2018


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Roberta Smith, The New York Times, ‘Dona Nelson: 'Phigor’', pC25, New York, 09 May 2015, C25 (colour illus.).