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Robert MacPherson / Australia 1937 / Mayfair: (Swamp rats) Ninety-seven signs for C.P., J.P., B.W., G.W. & R.W. 1994-95 (detail) / Acrylic on masonite / Purchased 1998 with a special allocation from the Queensland Government. Celebrating the Queensland Art Gallery's Centenary 1895-1995 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
26 FEBRUARY 2014
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines today announced a major exhibition of works by senior Australian artist Robert MacPherson will be presented at GOMA from July 25 to October 18, 2015.

‘Robert MacPherson is one of Australia’s most significant and admired living artists and we are delighted to be working with him on this important exhibition,’ Mr Saines said.

‘The exhibition will be curated by New York-based curator and writer Ingrid Periz, who has worked with the artist over many years, and will showcase MacPherson’s conceptual sophistication and wit.

‘A highlight of our forward calendar, the exhibition will include significant works from the QAGOMA Collection such as Mayfair: (Swamp rats) Ninety-seven signs for C.P., J.P., B.W., G.W. & R.W. 1994–95, and a major new acquisition yet to be announced, as well as important loans from public and private collections.’

Mr Saines said the exhibition illustrated QAGOMA’s commitment to profiling the work of leading artists with a strong connection to Queensland.

‘Widely exhibited and collected in Australia and with a significant presence in international events like the Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates) and the Singapore Biennale, MacPherson’s bold paintings, installations and sculptures often capture the dry Australian character and sense of humour,’ he said.

‘His art sees invention in everyday Australian life and landscapes, in the roadside signs, the almost-forgotten slang words and the classifications of flora and fauna that we often take for granted.’

The QAGOMA exhibition will be accompanied by a substantial full-colour catalogue including an essay by the exhibition’s curator Ingrid Periz.

Born in Brisbane in 1937, Robert MacPherson travelled extensively during the 1970s throughout Europe and also worked in the Australia Council’s Greene St Studio in New York City.

He has been included in several Sydney Biennales and was the subject of a 2001 survey exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, which also toured to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

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