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Premonitions: Monash University Collection 1961-2007

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16 February–4 May 2008

McClelland Gallery

Curators: Kirrily Hammond & Penny Teale

Artists: James Angus, Howard Arkley, Lauren Berkowitz, Kate Beynon, Peter Booth, John Brack, Pat Brassington, Janet Burchill, Ian Burn, Stephen Bush, Nadine Christensen, Peter Cripps, Adam Cullen, Aleks Danko, Juan Davila, Destiny Deacon, Mikala Dwyer, Dale Frank, Simryn Gill, Peter Graham, Brent Harris, Robert Hunter, Raafat Ishak, Roger Kemp, Nick Mangan, Linda Marrinon, Tracey Moffatt, Callum Morton, Rose Nolan, David Noonan, Robert Owen, Ti Parks, Mike Parr, John Perceval, Rosslynd Piggott, Kerrie Poliness, Scott Redford, Robert Rooney, Giles Ryder, Kathy Temin, Peter Tyndall, Louise Weaver, Anne Zahalka, Constanze Zikos.

Works that imagined the future, continue to provoke the present. Premonitions includes some of Australia’s best and most iconic works of art that have created our sense of cultural identity.

The Monash University Collection is recognised as one of the nation’s leading collections of contemporary Australian art. Established in 1961, the collection has maintained a focus on new work by emerging and established artists, and now represents a unique overview of cutting edge Australian art since that time.

Held as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Premonitions reveals the currency, depth and diversity of the Monash University Collection, with a particular focus upon abstraction, minimalism and conceptual art; pop art, identity and suburbia; and representations of the body.

This survey exhibition features over forty artists and demonstrates insightful and discerning collecting practices through a selection of key works acquired since the 1960s.

The Monash University Collection is recognised as one of the leading and most adventurous collections of Australian contemporary art. Since its establishment in 1961, the collection has maintained a focus on new work by emerging and established artists, and now represents a unique overview of cutting edge Australian art from the 1960s to the present. Held as part of the Monash University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, this survey exhibition at McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park reveals its currency, depth and diversity of the collection, with particular focus upon abstraction, minimalism and conceptual art; pop art, identity and suburbia; and representations of the body.

With a selection of key works by over forty artists, Premonitions presents the opportunity to revisit iconic, provocative and innovative art that imagined the future, and continues to resonate today.

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Premonitions: Monash University Collection 1961-2007

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