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Title

March Hare

2014

Artist

Dona Nelson

United States of America

1947 -

Alternate image of March Hare by Dona Nelson
Alternate image of March Hare by Dona Nelson
Alternate image of March Hare by Dona Nelson
Alternate image of March Hare by Dona Nelson
Alternate image of March Hare by Dona Nelson
Alternate image of March Hare by Dona Nelson
Alternate image of March Hare by Dona Nelson
Alternate image of March Hare by Dona Nelson
  • 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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    55.2015.a-b
    Copyright
    © Dona Nelson

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • 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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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