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NGV seeks public assistance to recreate 1968 landmark exhibition The Field

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The National Gallery of Victoria is seeking public assistance to find works of art from one of the most influential art exhibitions ever held in Australia, the 1968 NGV exhibition The Field.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary the NGV will restage the exhibition as The Field Revisited, opening in May 2018 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

The Field is regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history – a radical showcase of 74 abstract and conceptual, colour field, geometric and hard edge artworks. Influenced by the American origins of abstract art, the exhibition opened to much controversy at the NGV in 1968 with its silver foil-covered walls and geometric light fittings, boldly launching the careers of a generation of young Australian artists including Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson and Robert Jacks.

Following a year-long search by the NGV, across Australian and international galleries, collections and auction houses as well as seeking out the artists and their families, curators have determined the fates of 60 of the 74 original works. The NGV is now seeking public assistance to locate the remaining 14 works – 8 paintings and 6 sculptures. Found works have so far been dispersed across the country in both public and private collections and institutions, from Perth to Canberra, including three paintings held in the NGV Collection. Other works are known to have been destroyed, and some will be re-created by artists from The Field, including Normana Wight and Col Jordan, whom the NGV has commissioned especially to recreate their original works for The Field Revisited.

Members of the public can email [email protected] if they have any information on the missing artworks or were associated with the 1968 exhibition.

The Field Revisited will open in May 2018 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

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  • Sydney Ball

    Sydney Ball
    Australia 1933–2017
    Zanzan 1968
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    188.5 x 158.0 cm
    Collection unknown
    © Sydney Ball, courtesy of Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

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  • Peter Booth

    The Field 1968, exhibition view
    © Peter Booth/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

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  • Noel Dunn

    Noel Dunn
    born Australia 1933, lived in England and Europe 1961–65
    Untitled 1968
    painted plywood
    196.8 cm (height)
    collection unknown

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  • Noel Dunn

    Noel Dunn
    born Australia 1933, lived in England and Europe 1961–65
    Untitled 1967
    painted steel
    90.8 cm (height)
    collection unknown

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  • Noel Dunn

    Noel Dunn
    born Australia 1933, lived in England and Europe 1961–65
    Untitled 1968
    painted steel
    111.8 cm (height)
    collection unknown

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  • Tony McGillick

    Tony McGillick,
    Australia 1941–92, Europe 1960–65
    Polaris 1968
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    236.0 x 218.5 cm
    Collection unknown*
    © The Estate of Tony McGillick, courtesy of Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

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  • Clement Meadmore

    Clement Meadmore
    Australia 1929– United States 2005, United States from 1963
    Wave 1968
    steel, ed. 2/4
    29.0 x 29.0 x 66.0 cm
    Collection unknown
    © Clement Meadmore. VAGA/Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • Clement Meadmore


    © Clement Meadmore/VAGA, New York. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

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  • Michael Nicholson


    © Michael Nicholson

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  • Eric Shirley

    Eric Shirley
    Australia 1919–2008
    Encore 1967
    polyvinyl acetate on composition board
    349.2 x 233.5 cm
    Collection unknown*
    © The Estate of Eric Shirley

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  • Joseph Szabo

    Joseph Szabo
    Hungary 1932– Australia 1984, Australia from 1950
    Without-within 8 1968
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    167.0 x 151.0 cm
    Collection unknown
    © The Estate of Joseph Szabo

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  • Joseph Szabo

    Joseph Szabo
    Hungary 1932– Australia 1984, Australia from 1950
    Without-within 7 1968
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    165.5 x 150.0 cm
    Collection unknown*
    © The Estate of Joseph Szabo

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  • Vernon Treweeke

    Vernon Treweeke
    Australia 1939–2015, lived in Europe and England 1961–66
    Ultrascope 6 1968
    oil on canvas on plywood
    514.5 x 514.5 cm
    collection unknown

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  • Vernon Treweeke


    © The Estate of Vernon Treweeke

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