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Title

Counting: one, two, three

1988

Artist

Imants Tillers

Australia

30 Jul 1950 –

Alternate image of Counting: one, two, three by Imants Tillers
Alternate image of Counting: one, two, three by Imants Tillers
Alternate image of Counting: one, two, three by Imants Tillers
Alternate image of Counting: one, two, three by Imants Tillers
Alternate image of Counting: one, two, three by Imants Tillers
Alternate image of Counting: one, two, three by Imants Tillers
Alternate image of Counting: one, two, three by Imants Tillers
Alternate image of Counting: one, two, three by Imants Tillers
Alternate image of Counting: one, two, three by Imants Tillers
Alternate image of Counting: one, two, three by Imants Tillers
  • 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
    20th-century galleries (lower level 1)
    Accession number
    92.2006.a-fffffff
    Copyright
    © Imants Tillers

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    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Imants Tillers’ art explores the ways in which ideas and images migrate between cultures and across time. Since the 1980s, his paintings have been executed on small canvas boards which he numbers sequentially and which he regards as individual elements in an ever-expanding system. He often uses text and imagery borrowed from the work of other artists and writers, creating new amalgams of personal, literary and art historical references.

    'Counting: one, two, three' cites three artists whose works have been recurring subjects in Tillers’ art. The numerals are taken from 'Koru, 1, 2, 3' 1965 by Aotearoa New Zealand modernist painter Colin McCahon, whose work, in turn, appropriated motifs from Māori art and design. The dramatic landscape that provides a backdrop to these stylised numerals is based on a painting by Austrian artist Eugene von Guerard, which depicts Whakatipu Waimāori/Lake Wakatipu in the manner of a romantic European landscape. The signature in the lower right appears to be that of the Italian forerunner of surrealism, Giorgio de Chirico. For Tillers, the work of de Chirico invokes a metaphysical realm where time doesn’t exist.

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    Counting: one, two, three - Imants Tillers 2:36

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

    • 19301, Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, , 1989–1989

      19301, National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington, 25 Feb 1989–09 Apr 1989

      19301, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand, 13 May 1989–11 Jun 1989

    • Towards Infinity: works by Imants Tillers, Museo de arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Mexico, 24 Sep 1999–01 Jan 2000

    • Landmarks, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, Katoomba, 21 Jan 2017–19 Mar 2017

      Landmarks, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, 09 Jun 2017–13 Aug 2017

      Landmarks, Murray Art Museum Albury, Albury, 29 Sep 2017–26 Nov 2017

    • 20th-Century galleries Rehang (Lower Level 1), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Aug 2022–2023

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

Other works by Imants Tillers

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