04/10/14

Michael Johnson | Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Michael Johnson, Frontal 2, 1968, Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 198.5 x 214cm

Michael Johnson’s work ‘Frontal 2‘ as well as a selection of drawings have been put on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until late June 2014. The works are from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ collection. The drawings, ‘Untitled’, acrylic, crayon & oilstick on paper, date from 1980 and were purchased from his exhibition ‘Small works on paper’ held that year at Gallery A.

“Michael Johnson, Sydney Ball, Dick Watkins and Tony McGillick all showed work in ‘The field’ exhibition held at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1968, the first comprehensive survey of Australian colour-field painting. Johnson’s works from the 1960s onwards are primarily concerned with colour and the manipulation of spatial planes through colour relationships. ‘Frontal 2’ was one of two works he exhibited in The field. He developed it out of a series of modular-shaped canvases he began in 1965 in London, where he was able to experience first-hand the works of the New York School artists.” – Art Gallery of New South Wales

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