– Highlights

highlight
Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

highlight
Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

highlight
Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

– Learning Events

highlight
Special Event

ARTBAR June 2017

30 Jun, 7.00pm, MCA

highlight
Talk

NAIDOC Week 2017

05 Jul, 5.30pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

highlight
Event

NAIDOC Week 2017

05 Jul, 7.30pm, Level 2: Seminar Room

– News from inside the MCA

5 Years of ARTBAR

Roaming carrots, Hummer limos, tea ceremonies and bikes in the galleries. Five years proof that anything can happen at #MCAARTBAR more

MCA at the 2017 Venice Biennale

Canals, cats and curators. Clothilde Bullen reflects on the experience of attending the 2017 Venice Biennale on the occasion of Tracey Moffat’s Australian Pavilion. more

From the archives: Unconventional Materials

From the Archives is our blog series unearthing gems from the MCA’s archives, written by resident archivist Stephanie Ferrara more

– Spotlights from the collection online

highlight
MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

highlight
Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

highlight
Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Ian Burn

Born 1939, Geelong, Victoria. Lived and worked Sydney. Died 1993, Pretty Beach, New South Wales.


Ian Burn was a conceptual artist, curator and writer who spent the first part of his career working in London and New York. It was here that he began working with Art & Language, a collaborative group who produced the publication Art-Language and whose members included artists Roger Cutforth, Joseph Kosuth and Mel Ramsden. Returning to Australia in 1977 Burn became involved in the Art Workers Union (AWU), a political and social platform that championed artists’ rights and helped change the landscape and expectations under which artists worked in Australia. From 1980 onwards, together with artist and social activist Ian Millis, he worked on a number of initiatives to further the cause of the labor movement, including Union Media Services and the Art and Working Life program. Burn died by accidental drowning in 1993.

Key exhibitions of Burn’s work include The Field, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (1968); 1968, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (1995); and Artists Think: The Late Works of Ian Burn, MCA, Sydney (1996). Burn curated the exhibition Working Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 1985 and Looking at Seeing & Reading, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales, Sydney (1993). He wrote Dialogue: Writings in Art History (1993) and co-authored The Necessity of Australian Art: An Essay About Interpretation (1989) with Nigel Lendon, Charles Merewether and Ann Stephen.  A monograph by Ann Stephen, On Looking at Looking: The Art and Politics of Ian Burn, was published in 2006.

Burn’s work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Works by Ian Burn

– In the MCA Collection online

– View also

All
Works

Related Exhibitions