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Title

Counting: one, two, three

1988


Artist

Imants Tillers

Australia

30 Jul 1950 -


About

This painting is from 'The book of power' series of multi-canvas appropriation works which Imants Tillers began in 1981 and still continues. Tillers cites the work of other artists to question authorial originality, how images circulate and to investigate ideas about location and place.

The numerals 1, 2, 3 are taken from 'Koru, 1, 2, 3' 1965 by New Zealand modernist painter Colin McCahon. Tillers has overlaid the McCahon work onto a landscape of Lake Wakitipu in New Zealand by colonial artist Eugene von Guérard. He has added a third appropriation, the signature of Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico. De Chirico's reuse of his own early 20th-century imagery, in works he painted much later, is an example of the cultural recycling that fascinates Tillers.


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Details


Date

1988


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint, gouache, oilstick on 162 canvas boards Nos. 17188-17349


Dimensions

251.0 x 639.0 cm overall installed


Credit

Gift of the artist 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

92.2006.a-fffffff


Artist information

Imants Tillers

Works in the collection

18


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Anthony Bond OAM (Curator), Landmarks, Katoomba, 2017, 18-9 (colour illus.), 21.

Graham Coulter-Smith, The Postmodern Art of Imants Tillers: Appropriation 'en abyme', 1971-2002, London, 2002, 173-174, 173 (illus.).

Wystan Curnow, Imants Tillers and the 'Book of Power', Singapore, 1998, 96 (colour illus.).

William Dart (Editor), Art New Zealand, 'Imants Tillers in Wellington', Jenny Harper & Imants Tillers interview, pg. 52-55, Auckland, Winter 1989, 52 (illus.).

Jenny Harper, Imants Tillers: 19301, 1989.

Charles Merewether, Towards Infinity: works by Imants Tillers, Mexico, 1999, 51 (colour illus.).