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Title

Artificial landscape 6

1969


Artist

James Doolin

United States of America

1932 - 22 Jul 2002


About

The American-born James Doolin was a significant figure in the development of colour field painting and minimalist art in Australia, despite residing in this country for only two years. Doolin arrived in Melbourne from New York in 1965 and exhibited his paintings at Gallery A and Central Street Gallery in Sydney during his time in Australia.

Doolin's 'Artificial landscape' series of hard-edge works reference the synthetic forms and colours of the city. In 1969 a sophisticated sub-group of 'arch paintings' evolved out of this series. Characterised by an arched format and airbrushed bands of kaleidoscopic colour, these so-called 'rainbow windows' were produced in California and shipped to Sydney, where they were exhibited to critical acclaim at Central Street Gallery in May/June 1970. In a letter to Tony McGillick, Doolin addressed the response to his 'arch paintings':

to all the questions as to whether they are ‘supposed to be‘ architectural, religious, sexual, metaphysical, mystical, ritualistic, floral, phallic, hard edge or colour field, mechanical or sensual, solid or atmospherical, ancient or modern, special or flat, the answer is yes.


Details


Date

1969


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

206.0 x 137.0 x 3.2 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Signed and dated u.l. verso, black fibre-tipped pen "JAMES DOOLIN/ .../ 1969...".


Credit

Purchased 1970


Location

Not on display


Accession number

OO3.1970


Artist information

James Doolin

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history