The Painter’s Reach

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SCALE FROM THE TOOL, 1976 Acrylic On Canvas © Private collection, Sydney
The Painter’s Reach
Curated by: Ingrid Periz

Stanley Place
South Bank
4101 Queensland
July 25th, 2015 - October 18th, 2015
Opening: July 25th, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

+ 61 (0)7 3840 7303
Sun-Sat 10-5


The Gallery is proud to announce a major exhibition of the work of one of the country’s most important conceptualists, Brisbane’s Robert MacPherson.

Curated by New York-based curator and writer Ingrid Periz, ‘The Painter’s Reach’ explores the work of senior Australian artist MacPherson whose practice combines conceptual musings on the act of painting with a reverence for the everyday. The exhibition includes paintings, installations, ephemera and works on paper, showing how the artist’s ‘reach’ begins with the particular and extends far beyond, and will include significant works from the QAGOMA Collection as well as loans from public and private collections throughout Australia, and will be accompanied by a substantial full-colour catalogue.

A constant presence on the Australian art scene for almost forty years where his work has been included in six Sydney Biennales, MacPherson has been widely exhibited and collected in Australia and has drawn an increasingly international audience through group shows in Wales, Germany, Sao Paulo, Belgrade, Singapore, the Hague, Lisbon, and the Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates).

MacPherson’s autodidacticism and varied working life is reflected in his work which has been shown in a wide range of contexts - minimalism, abstraction, the archival impulse, humour, aesthetics, conceptualism, and the everyday. By using major works from the various strands of his career, ‘The Painter’s Reach’ shows how this extremely capacious practice is at once coherent and playful, an ongoing and singular engagement with the act of painting.

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