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Douglas Kagi Study Collection

The Douglas Kagi Study Collection is a significant gift of limited-edition etchings, screenprints and lithographs by international artists spanning several decades, from 1965 to 2017.

The large donation of 134 works by mostly British, European and American artists provides a unique opportunity to establish an international print study collection at Monash, furthering our educational mission within the University while also enriching working and teaching spaces.

The collection is particularly strong in Pop Art with representation of influential founding figures Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, R.B. Kitaj, Eduardo Paolozzi and Joe Tilson. Pop Art drew its subject matter from popular culture, consumerism and contemporary urban life. Developing alongside rapid advances in print technologies and computer systems, both established and emerging artists eagerly adopted new methods to create innovative and complex prints.

Artists represented in the collection include: Ivor Abrahams (England), Vito Acconci (United States), Joan Barbarà (Spain), Derek Boshier (United States), Patrick Caulfield (England), Lynn Chadwick (England), Harold Cohen (England), Michael Craig-Martin (Ireland/England), Robyn Denny (England), Richard Hamilton (England), Al Held (United States), Gordon House (Wales), Tess Jaray (England), R.B. Kitaj (United States), Jannis Kounellis (Greece), Eduardo Paolozzi (Scotland), Elizabeth Peyton (United States), Susan Rothenberg (United States), Hervé Télémaque (Haiti/France) and Joe Tilson (England).

Dr Douglas Kagi received a doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry in the early 1970s and was a senior lecturer at Victoria University from 1975 to 1996 before shifting his attention to the building-protection business he had established in 1982. He began collecting art in the mid 1970s and, over time, has amassed a remarkable collection of limited edition artists’ etchings, screenprints, woodcuts and lithographs. Dr Kagi has given substantial gifts to a number of state and regional galleries and Australian universities, now including Monash, in the desire to share his love of the print medium and many of its leading exponents with a wide range of audiences.

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