Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples from the Collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Wollongong

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

12 October 2006 to 25 March 2007

Artists

Enrico Baj, George Brecht, Ian Burn, Patrick Caulfield, Marcel Duchamp, Lucio Fontana, Richard Hamilton, Jasper Johns, R. B. Kitaj, Colin Lanceley, Roy Lichtenstein, Peter Phillips, Tom Philips, Robert Rauschenberg, Joe Tilson, Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Aleks Danko, Earthworks Poster Collective, Michael Callaghan, Chips Mackinolty, Marie McMahon, Toni Robertson, Asko Sutiner, Katharina Fritsch, General Idea, AA Bronson (a.k.a Michael Tims), Felix Partz (a.k.a Ron Gabe), Jorge Zontal (a.k.a Jorge Saia), Ian Hamilton Finlay, Garry Hincks, Richard Hamilton, Tim Johnson, Maria Kozic, Museum Curators Class, Redback Graphix, Johnny Bulunbulun, Mary Callaghan, Gregor Cullen, Osmond Kantilla, Marrnyula Mununggurr, Neville Namingyulk, Ray Young, Leonie Lane, Toni Robertson, The Women’s Domestic Needlework Group, Paul Worstead, Carl Andre, Christo, Walter de Maria, Mark di Suvero, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt, Richard Long, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Smithson, Art Against Aids (Various Artists), Sophie Calle, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Guerilla Girls, Fiona Hall, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Deborah Kelly, Danius Kesminas, Michael Stevenson, Mike Kelley- Sonic Youth, Sherrie Levine, The Museum of Jurrassic Technology, David Noonan, N.U.C.A (Network of Un-Collectable Artists), Chris Palethorpe, Raquel Ormella, Regina Walter, Raymond Pettibon, Redhand Prints, Franck Gohier, Manfred Schmieder, Jim Shaw, The Dogz, David Shrigley, Ricky Swallow, Third Drawer Down, Chicks on Speed, Royal Art Lodge, Holly Story, Peter Tyndall, Richard Tipping, Rosemarie Trockel, Gavin Turk, Louise Weaver

Curator: Glenn Barkley

about the exhibition

Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples from the Collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Wollongong explored the development of prints and multiples from the 1960s to 2006. Both art collections house significant works by Australian and international artists who use prints and multiples as their primary medium, or who have made critical contributions to this area of artistic practice.

The exhibition demonstrated the breadth and variety of works in these complementary collections, presenting a selection of prints and multiples that embodied an alternative and often humorously irreverent approach to art making. This influential area of artistic production emerged from the pop art and conceptual art movements of the 1950s and 1960s. Until then the production of prints and multiples had been viewed as secondary to the more ‘important’ media of painting and sculpture. The experimentation with process and institutional critique that marked the development of conceptual art led to a major shift in this hierarchy.

Works in Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples from the Collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Wollongong were presented over three specific periods – the 1960-70s, 1970s-80s and the 1990s to 2006. The impact developing technologies made on artistic practice over these 46 years was clear. The diversity of media and techniques included silkscreens, artists’ books, photo lithographs, wallpaper, photocopied ‘zines, limited edition ready-mades, mass-produced objects such as golf balls, record and CD covers and web-based works made for the express purpose of downloading, printing and distributing to as broad an audience as possible.

Through this wide range of production and dissemination, prints and multiples are arguably the most democratic of art forms, often inexpensive and available through alternative channels. In some cases they are made with the express purpose of free distribution, such as Deborah Kelly’s Hijab Furore (2002-03) and her other web-based works where members of the public could obtain their own copy of the artwork by downloading pdfs from the MCA’s website.

Visitors to the exhibition could also view editions of the ‘zine Flaps by artists Raquel Ormella and Regina Walter. A specially commissioned edition of the ‘zine was available from the MCA store. In this way, the artists demonstrated the blurring of boundaries between the exhibition spaces and the artwork as collectible commodity, interrogating the very nature of prints and multiples and the original work of art.

Presented in partnership with the University of Wollongong.

Tour Itinerary

Tweed River Art Gallery: 3 May – 17 June 2007
Lake Macquarie Art Gallery: 27 July – 9 September 2007
Redland Art Gallery: 30 September – 4 November 2007
Port Macquarie Hastings Art Gallery: 11 December 2007 – 27 January 2008
Dubbo Regional Gallery: 9 February – 30 March 2008
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art 18 April – 1 June 2008
Latrobe Regional Gallery: 1 July – 30 August 2008
Wollongong City Gallery 28 February – 21 June 2009

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Featuring Works from the MCA Collection

Various

  • ccE Valise Triangle (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.5 Vacuum TRapEzoid (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.6 Fluxus vaudeville tournament (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.7 Three newspaper events for the price of a dollar (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.8 John Yoko & Flux (Fluxus broadsheet publication)

Tadao Ando

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Katsumi Asaba

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Hiroshi Awatsuji

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Donald Baechler

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Jennifer Bartlett

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Billy Al Bengston

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Ross Bleckner

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Mel Bochner

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

George Brecht

  • ccV TRE (Fluxus broadsheet publication)

Ian Burn

  • Systematically altered photographs
  • Systematically altered photographs
  • Xerox book: Xerox structure

David Byrne

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Michael Callaghan

  • No God, No Master
  • Smash uranium police states

Sophie Calle

  • The tie

Vija Celmins

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

John Chamberlain

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Jae Eun Choi

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Chuck Close

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Aleks Danko

  • Poster for 'HA'

David Deutsch

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Earthworks Poster Collective

  • For the man who said life wasn't meant to be easy - Make Life Impossible
  • History II - ... but not much! There must be ways to break the fence down
  • History I - Writing on the fence is better than sitting on the fence
  • How to Make a Poster
  • Keep Warm This Winter - Make Trouble!!
  • No God, No Master
  • No No (Wonder Woman) (Marxist-Feminist Conference) NOT TO BE EXHIBITED
  • Organise!
  • Smash uranium police states
  • The way to a woman's heart is through her masochism
  • Walls sometimes speak. An exhibition of political posters
  • Yellow House

Eric Fischl

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Louise Fishman

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Fluxus

  • ccE Valise Triangle (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.5 Vacuum TRapEzoid (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.6 Fluxus vaudeville tournament (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.7 Three newspaper events for the price of a dollar (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.8 John Yoko & Flux (Fluxus broadsheet publication)

Katharina Fritsch

  • Gehirn (Brain)
  • Krankenwagen (Ambulance)
  • Madonna

Jedd Garet

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Felix Gonzales-Torres

  • Untitled

April Gornik

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Robert Greene

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Guerilla Girls

  • Hot Flashes, 1994, vol 1, no.4

Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Ian Hamilton Finlay

  • Detached Sentences on Weather
  • The Anaximander Fragment
  • The errata of Ovid

Jan Hashey

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Katsuhiko Hibino

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Mikiko Hibino

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Gary Hincks

  • The errata of Ovid

Noritoshi Hirakawa

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Keiko Hirano

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Damien Hirst

  • Home sweet home
  • Untitled (from the portfolio London)

David Hockney

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Jenny Holzer

  • Survival series pencils

Roni Horn

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Bryan Hunt

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Keiji Ito

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Takamichi Ito

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Tim Johnson

  • Be an artist
  • Disclosure
  • Fittings
  • Public fitting

Roberto Juarez

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Jane Kaplowitz

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Mitsuo Katsui

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Alex Katz

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Yoichiro Kawaguchi

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Toshifumi Kawahara

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Kazuo Kawasaki

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Mike Kelley

  • Dirty

Toshiyuki Kita

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Atsushi Kitagawara

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Takao Kitayama

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Kyubey Kiyomizu

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Joseph Kosuth

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Maria Kozic

  • Things 1
  • Things 2
  • Things 3

Kengo Kuma

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Masayuki Kurokawa

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Sol LeWitt

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Annette Lemieux

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Roy Lichtenstein

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Kim MacConnel

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Chips Mackinolty

  • For the man who said life wasn't meant to be easy - Make Life Impossible
  • Organise!
  • Walls sometimes speak. An exhibition of political posters

Marie McMahon

Ikuyo Mitsuhashi

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Museum Curators Class

  • Museums are DEAD

Joan Nelson

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Toshio Ohi

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Shinro Ohtake

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Yoko Ono

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Philip Pearlstein

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Raymond Pettibon

  • All the vastness of the universe...
  • Once upon a thousand and one nights...
  • Only the fine, the large, the human...

Ellen Phelan

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Jack Pierson

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Richard Prince

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Robert Rauschenberg

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Toni Robertson

  • History II - ... but not much! There must be ways to break the fence down
  • History I - Writing on the fence is better than sitting on the fence
  • No No (Wonder Woman) (Marxist-Feminist Conference) NOT TO BE EXHIBITED
  • The Royal Nuclear Show (what will it be like)
  • The way to a woman's heart is through her masochism
  • Walls sometimes speak. An exhibition of political posters

Dorothea Rockburne

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Alexis Rockman

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Ed Ruscha

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
  • Every Building on the Sunset Strip [Inhibodress Archive box 43]
  • Royal Road Test [Inhibodress Archive box 35]
  • Twenty Six Gasoline Stations [Inhibodress Archive box 35]
  • Various Small Fires and Milk [Inhibodress Archive box 35]

Makoto Saito

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

David Salle

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Koichi Sato

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Kenny Scharf

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Manfred Schmieder

  • Poker & 3 Joker/ Grosses Rasenstuck

George Segal

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Hiroshi Senju

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Jim Shaw

  • Dreams
  • Horror a vacui
  • The End is here!

David Shrigley

  • The Human Body

Patricia Smith

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Philip Smith

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Kenneth Snelson

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Sonic Youth

  • Dirty

Geoffrey Sonnabend

  • Geoffrey Sonnabend Obliscence: Theories of Forgetting and the Problem of Matter

Keith Sonnier

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Andrew Spence

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Billy Sullivan

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Donald Sultan

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Asko Sutiner

  • Yellow House

Edward Suzuki

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Ricky Swallow

  • Forgotten Foundation

Philip Taaffe

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Hajime Tachibana

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Shin Takamatsu

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Ikko Tanaka

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Noriyuki Tanaka

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Takayuki Terakado

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Hiroshi Teshigahara

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

  • Dispirited After a Dreary Day...
  • Geoffrey Sonnabend Obliscence: Theories of Forgetting and the Problem of Matter

The Paragon Press

  • Gavin Turk right hand and forearm (from the portfolio London)
  • Untitled (from the portfolio London)

Wayne Thiebaud

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Richard Kelly Tipping

  • 1 cent life in NY
  • Cok stops 1 & 2

Masatoshi Toda

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Rosemarie Trockel

  • Wurstteller (Sausage plate)

Kosuke Tsumura

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Gavin Turk

  • Gavin Turk right hand and forearm (from the portfolio London)

Shigeru Uchida

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Aijiro Wakita

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Andy Warhol

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

William Wegman

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Matthew Weinstein

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

William T. Wiley

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Terry Winters

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Christopher Wool

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Paul Worstead

  • Mental as Anything Dance all Band Alias

Valentine Worth

  • Geoffrey Sonnabend Obliscence: Theories of Forgetting and the Problem of Matter

Wang Wusheng

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Riken Yamamoto

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Robert Yarber

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Tadanori Yokoo

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

Michele Zalopany

  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

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