Reinhardt Dammn

Reinhardt Dammn


28 June–27 July 200828 Jun–27 Jul 2008

Audiences for contemporary art are increasing worldwide. The public have graduated from an awareness of music, through fashion and design, to art. Scott Redford sees this development as both a continuation of the early modernist avant-garde’s utopian desire for a universal visual language and a challenge to traditional notions of originality. To signal these developments, Redford is writing and designing a film about Reinhardt Dammn, a twenty-two-year-old who surfs, makes art, and sings in a band. Reinhardt is cocky and always the showman but his bravado masks vulnerability. Spurned by the official art world because of his youth, Reinhardt is also rejected because he refuses to ignore the obvious: a canvas painted one colour is not a ‘monochrome signalling art’s autonomy’, it is a one-colour canvas; a soup tin is a soup tin; an installation is just objects placed in a room. Daring to speak with the innocence of a wild child, Reinhardt challenges the complacency of art’s powers-that-be.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.