and his circle
Printmaking in Melbourne in the 60s and 70s
9 June - 29 July 2007
In the 1960s and 70s, Melbourne saw a renaissance in printmaking
which is still influencing artists today. Partly because of post-war
immigration from Europe, Australian society was becoming more
open. The printmaking rebirth showed the influences of European
and British film and literature and the exhibitions of pure abstract
painting in Melbourne during the 60s, as well as the contact
of some artists with Japanese printmaking of the time. Printmaking
changed from being the preserve of the artisan and became a direct
means of expression for artists who were also painters and sculptors.
It was also seen as a means of making art more democratically
available to a wider public.
This exhibition is a rich selection of works by George Baldessin,
who was at the hub of this movement, and many of the artists
who worked with him or were influenced by him. Nearly 90 works
by 28 artists are on show.
Guest curator: Dick Turner
Poor Artaud II
The NM Remnant
Half round table
Tribute to George Baldessin