Robert MacPherson: The Painter’s Reach showcases the senior Australian artist’s 40 prolific years of works including paintings, installations, ephemera and works on paper.
The artist’s rich and varied working life and self-educated approach to learning is reflected in his distinctive art which has been manifested in many contexts from minimalism, abstraction and aesthetics to humour and the every day.
The opening weekend offers visitors the chance to gain fascinating insights into the artist and his works, with a range of talks and discussions:
Robert MacPherson Keynote: Illustrated Curator’s Talk Jul 25 Cinema A 11.30
Join Ingrid Pertz, curator of Robert MacPherson: The Painters Reach for her keynote lecture and informative overview of the exhibition.
Robert MacPherson in Conversation Jul 25 1.30 Gallery 1.1
Take an informative conversation tour through The Painter’s Reach with Director of Griffith Artworks Angela Goddard and Daniel Thomas AM, art historian, curator and Emeritus Director, Art Gallery of South Australia.
Robert MacPherson Writers Discussion Jul 25 2.30 Cinema B
Angela Goddard (Director of Griffith Artworks) hosts this discussion which offers insights into the artists work and processes, with ‘The Painters Reach’ publication contributors: Ingrid Pertz, Curator of the exhibition ‘Robert MacPherson: The Painters Reach’, curator and writer Ewen McDonald and Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.
Robert MacPherson in Conversation Jul 25 3.30 Gallery 1.1
Jason Smith, Curatorial Manager, Australian Art joins artist Peter Cripps (and Senior Lecturer, School of Art, RMIT, Melbourne) and artist and long time correspondent of Robert MacPherson, Peter Tyndall in conversation and a tour of the exhibition.
Need to know - There is also an excellent hands-on children’s program inspired by Robert MacPherson: Swags and Swamp Rats at GOMA’s Children’s Art Centre.