Robert MacPherson

Robert MacPherson

08 December–02 February 200708 Dec–02 Feb 2007

Robert MacPherson has been a pivotal figure in Australian art since the 1970s. His work spans formal abstraction and conceptualism. It also blends internationalism with an interest in things distinctly local. His installation Popov and the Lost Constructivists (1982–2007) exemplifies this by juxtaposing his assemblages in the Russian Constructivist idiom with newspaper death notices, as if uncovering evidence of a legion of emigre Russian modernists who may have been exiled in Australia, continuing to work unknown. The show also includesMayfair, Peerless: Ice Cream I may have Eaten, but Shirts I’ve Never Worn: For Little E.E.W. (2005–6) which covers MacPherson’s thoughts on his ‘Higher Colour Theory’ and the psychology of colour. Robert MacPherson is a key figure in the history of the IMA, having shown regularly here throughout his career. With thanks to Yuill Crowley Gallery, Sydney.

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.

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