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Robert Macpherson

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

13 Jul 2001 to 21 Oct 2001

Guest curator: Trevor Smith

About the exhibition

At the time of the exhibition this was the largest survey of Robert Macpherson’s work. Macpherson uses the rich and colourful culture of his childhood in 1940s Queensland, merging these sensibilities with the formalism of American artists he discovered in magazines and books, to create work that is intensely Australian and distinctly local.

The exhibition emphasised Macpherson’s use of visual elements from daily life. Honouring the beauty of the mundane, he employs the language of roadside signage, fruit and vegetable shops, car enthusiasts and the homeless. It also sought to examine Macpherson’s fascination with systems of objects and language which are manifested through broad fields of knowledge including art history and social history, biology and mythology.

This exhibition was part of the New South Wales Centenary of Federation endorsement program.