The National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural exhibition at its new premises on St Kilda Road in 1968 was The Field, the first comprehensive display of colour field painting and abstract sculpture in Australia. The Field Revisited recreates this landmark exhibition for its fifty-year anniversary. By reassembling as many of the original 74 paintings and sculptures as possible, this restaging re-examines the exhibition’s impact and significance for Australian art history and allows a new generation to experience it for themselves.
Robert Hunter is a major retrospective of one of Australia’s pre-eminent minimalist painters, and one of the youngest artists to be exhibited in The Field in 1968. Hunter is one of very few Australian artists to participate at the centre of an international art movement, exhibiting in Eight Contemporary Artists at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1974, and presenting solo exhibitions at Galerie Konrad Fisher in Düsseldorf in 1974, and Lisson Gallery in London in 1975.
Members are invited to preview both exhibitions before they open to the public, and hear from exhibition curators Beckett Rozentals, Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts, NGV and Jane Devery, Curator, Contemporary Art in talks at 2.30pm (The Field Revisited) and 3.30pm (Robert Hunter).