"The painting 'Turn' was made in late '65. It was an attempt to have my cake (simplicity) and eat it too (complexity, content) or something. It has a connection obviously with the best American painting (P.P.A. [Post-painterly abstraction]) but not with the critical dogmas that surround that 'school'".
- letter from the artist to AGNSW, 1967
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
115.6 x 111.7 cm stretcher
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
© Dick Watkins. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 6 publications
Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, AGNSW Collections, 'Contemporary Practice - Here, There, Everywhere ...', pg. 229-285, Sydney, 1994, 250, 251 (colour illus.).
Michael Desmond, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Abstraction', pg.16-59, Sydney, 2006, 56 (colour illus.).
Carrie Lumby, Australian art collector, 'Dick Watkins: an artist's artist', pg. 136-138, Sydney, Jan 2005-Mar 2005, 136 (colour illus.).
Terence Maloon, Birth of the cool, 'Birth of the cool', pg. 8-40, Canberra, 2015, 24.
Terry Smith, Other voices: critical journal [vol. 1, no. 1], 'Color-form painting: Sydney 1965-70', pg. 6-17, Sydney, Jun 1970-Jul 1970, 11 (illus.). NOTE: image Couresty of Art Gallery of N.S.W.
Wallace Thornton., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Op art colour is its strength', Sydney, 28 Sep 1968, n.pag.. page number unknown