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Major Retrospective of Robert Hunter at Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

Robert Hunter installing “Untitled,”1971 at the Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi 1971,
(Courtesy of Monash University Museum of Art)

 The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Melbourne presents a major retrospective of Australian abstract painter Robert Hunter. The show is on view through August 26, 2018.

 Robert Hunter (1947-2014) was known for his complex geometric white-on-white paintings. This retrospective celebrates the artist’s career which spanned more than 40-years. The exhibition features more than 40 works from Hunter’s oeuvre. “At the age of 21, Hunter was the youngest artist to participate in the landmark exhibition ‘The Field’ at the NGV in 1968. This exhibition announced the arrival of late-modernist abstraction into Australia and opened the new NGV building on St Kilda Road. By the age of 27, Hunter had established himself internationally and was invited to participate in major international exhibitions including Eight Contemporary Artists at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1974,” the Gallery says.

The artist created complex patterns through the use of everyday materials such as masking tape and white Dulux house paint. Through the course of his career, Hunter adhered to his commitment to a singular aesthetic. “Each of Hunter’s paintings took up to three months to create and test the very limits of visual perception, revealing clean, crisp geometries and subtle hints of colour upon close inspection,” the gallery writes. During the 1970s, the artist created several ephemeral large-scale works. This he did by painting directly onto the walls. Two important examples have been recreated in the exhibition. “A number of other key works from the 1960s, including a rare colorful painting made while the artist was still a student, are also on display, surprising even those familiar with his works,” the gallery adds.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV says, “Robert Hunter maintained a distinctive practice for more than four decades. Upon close inspection, his finely nuanced paintings reveal endless variations of color, light and geometry that draw the viewer into a deep contemplation of visual perception. This is an exhibition that invites visitors to slow down, look closely and admire the achievements of one of Australia’s finest abstract painters.”

Robert Hunter’s work has been exhibited both internationally and in Australia in institutions such as Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; MCA, Sydney; Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; and Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne among others. The artist lived and worked in Melbourne.

The exhibition is on view through August 26, 2018, at the Ian Potter Centre: Australia, Federation Square, Flinders St & Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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