Robert MacPherson: Returning to colour

In the Mayfair (Peerless) series MacPherson returns to colour after thinking it inessential, and generally maintaining a monochromatic palette for his paintings of the 1970s. Taking their name from MacPherson’s drycleaner, the Peerless works use a drycleaner’s receipt with its sequence of named colours as a plan for making suites of single-colour paintings. In this…

Robert MacPherson: Exploring painterly possibilities

Robert MacPherson produced several groups of work titled Scale From the Tool in the late 1970s, mostly on canvas, in order to explore the painterly possibilities of standard house painting brushes. Taking his title from the name of the chosen brush brand (South Australian Brush Company), MacPherson does something different here. He retains the proportions…

Watch as we install Robert MacPherson’s Boss Drovers

Watch as we install Robert MacPherson’s ‘Boss Drovers’ containing 2400 individual drawings 1000 FROG POEMS: 1000 BOSS DROVERS (“YELLOW LEAF FALLING”) FOR H.S. 1996–2014 comprises 2400 individual drawings, all deliberately executed as if by the hand of a ten-year-old. Over a 20-year period, Robert MacPherson made these in the guise of his alter ego, Robert…

Robert MacPherson: As if by the hand of a ten-year-old

1000 FROG POEMS: 1000 BOSS DROVERS (“YELLOW LEAF FALLING”) FOR H.S. 1996–2014 comprises 2400 individual drawings, all deliberately executed as if by the hand of a ten-year-old. Over a 20-year period, Robert MacPherson made these in the guise of his alter ego, Robert Pene, a grade 4 student at St Joseph’s Convent, Nambour, Queensland. Each…

Robert MacPherson: The Painter’s Reach

The Gallery presents a long-awaited major exhibition by Robert MacPherson, one of Australia’s most respected and senior artists. MacPherson has a 40-year exhibition history, including several Sydney Biennales and many international exhibitions. Guest curated by Ingrid Periz — a former Harkness Fellow and a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and New York…

‘Robert MacPherson: The Painter’s Reach’ opens at GOMA

The 50-year career of one of Australia’s most important conceptual artists will be celebrated with the major survey ‘Robert MacPherson: The Painter’s Reach’, opening at GOMA from 25 July to 18 October 2015. Deceptively simple black and white paintings defined by the limits of the artist’s outstretched arm and paintings based on the language of…