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Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples from the Collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Wollongong

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

12 October 2006 to 25 March 2007

Artists

Enrico Baj, George Brecht, Ian Burn, Patrick Caulfield, Marcel Duchamp, Lucio Fontana, Richard Hamilton, Jasper Johns, R. B. Kitaj, Colin Lanceley, Roy Lichtenstein, Peter Phillips, Tom Philips, Robert Rauschenberg, Joe Tilson, Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Aleks Danko, Earthworks Poster Collective, Michael Callaghan, Chips Mackinolty, Marie McMahon, Toni Robertson, Asko Sutiner, Katharina Fritsch, General Idea, AA Bronson (a.k.a Michael Tims), Felix Partz (a.k.a Ron Gabe), Jorge Zontal (a.k.a Jorge Saia), Ian Hamilton Finlay, Garry Hincks, Richard Hamilton, Tim Johnson, Maria Kozic, Museum Curators Class, Redback Graphix, Johnny Bulunbulun, Mary Callaghan, Gregor Cullen, Osmond Kantilla, Marrnyula Mununggurr, Neville Namingyulk, Ray Young, Leonie Lane, Toni Robertson, The Women’s Domestic Needlework Group, Paul Worstead, Carl Andre, Christo, Walter de Maria, Mark di Suvero, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt, Richard Long, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Smithson, Art Against Aids (Various Artists), Sophie Calle, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Guerilla Girls, Fiona Hall, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Deborah Kelly, Danius Kesminas, Michael Stevenson, Mike Kelley- Sonic Youth, Sherrie Levine, The Museum of Jurrassic Technology, David Noonan, N.U.C.A (Network of Un-Collectable Artists), Chris Palethorpe, Raquel Ormella, Regina Walter, Raymond Pettibon, Redhand Prints, Franck Gohier, Manfred Schmieder, Jim Shaw, The Dogz, David Shrigley, Ricky Swallow, Third Drawer Down, Chicks on Speed, Royal Art Lodge, Holly Story, Peter Tyndall, Richard Tipping, Rosemarie Trockel, Gavin Turk, Louise Weaver

Curator: Glenn Barkley

about the exhibition

Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples from the Collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Wollongong explored the development of prints and multiples from the 1960s to 2006. Both art collections house significant works by Australian and international artists who use prints and multiples as their primary medium, or who have made critical contributions to this area of artistic practice.

The exhibition demonstrated the breadth and variety of works in these complementary collections, presenting a selection of prints and multiples that embodied an alternative and often humorously irreverent approach to art making. This influential area of artistic production emerged from the pop art and conceptual art movements of the 1950s and 1960s. Until then the production of prints and multiples had been viewed as secondary to the more ‘important’ media of painting and sculpture. The experimentation with process and institutional critique that marked the development of conceptual art led to a major shift in this hierarchy.

Works in Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples from the Collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Wollongong were presented over three specific periods – the 1960-70s, 1970s-80s and the 1990s to 2006. The impact developing technologies made on artistic practice over these 46 years was clear. The diversity of media and techniques included silkscreens, artists’ books, photo lithographs, wallpaper, photocopied ‘zines, limited edition ready-mades, mass-produced objects such as golf balls, record and CD covers and web-based works made for the express purpose of downloading, printing and distributing to as broad an audience as possible.

Through this wide range of production and dissemination, prints and multiples are arguably the most democratic of art forms, often inexpensive and available through alternative channels. In some cases they are made with the express purpose of free distribution, such as Deborah Kelly’s Hijab Furore (2002-03) and her other web-based works where members of the public could obtain their own copy of the artwork by downloading pdfs from the MCA’s website.

Visitors to the exhibition could also view editions of the ‘zine Flaps by artists Raquel Ormella and Regina Walter. A specially commissioned edition of the ‘zine was available from the MCA store. In this way, the artists demonstrated the blurring of boundaries between the exhibition spaces and the artwork as collectible commodity, interrogating the very nature of prints and multiples and the original work of art.

Presented in partnership with the University of Wollongong.

Tour Itinerary

Tweed River Art Gallery: 3 May – 17 June 2007
Lake Macquarie Art Gallery: 27 July – 9 September 2007
Redland Art Gallery: 30 September – 4 November 2007
Port Macquarie Hastings Art Gallery: 11 December 2007 – 27 January 2008
Dubbo Regional Gallery: 9 February – 30 March 2008
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art 18 April – 1 June 2008
Latrobe Regional Gallery: 1 July – 30 August 2008
Wollongong City Gallery 28 February – 21 June 2009

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Featuring Works from the MCA Collection

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  • No.5 Vacuum TRapEzoid (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.6 Fluxus vaudeville tournament (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.7 Three newspaper events for the price of a dollar (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.8 John Yoko & Flux (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
Tadao Ando
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Katsumi Asaba
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Hiroshi Awatsuji
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Donald Baechler
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Jennifer Bartlett
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Billy Al Bengston
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Ross Bleckner
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Mel Bochner
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
George Brecht
  • ccV TRE (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
Ian Burn
  • Systematically altered photographs
  • Systematically altered photographs
  • Xerox book: Xerox structure
David Byrne
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Michael Callaghan
  • No God, No Master
  • Smash uranium police states
Sophie Calle
  • The tie
Vija Celmins
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
John Chamberlain
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Jae Eun Choi
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Chuck Close
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Aleks Danko
  • Poster for 'HA'
David Deutsch
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Earthworks Poster Collective
  • For the man who said life wasn't meant to be easy - Make Life Impossible
  • History II - ... but not much! There must be ways to break the fence down
  • History I - Writing on the fence is better than sitting on the fence
  • How to Make a Poster
  • Keep Warm This Winter - Make Trouble!!
  • No God, No Master
  • No No (Wonder Woman) (Marxist-Feminist Conference) NOT TO BE EXHIBITED
  • Organise!
  • Smash uranium police states
  • The way to a woman's heart is through her masochism
  • Walls sometimes speak. An exhibition of political posters
  • Yellow House
Eric Fischl
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Louise Fishman
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Fluxus
  • ccE Valise Triangle (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.5 Vacuum TRapEzoid (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.6 Fluxus vaudeville tournament (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.7 Three newspaper events for the price of a dollar (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
  • No.8 John Yoko & Flux (Fluxus broadsheet publication)
Katharina Fritsch
  • Gehirn (Brain)
  • Krankenwagen (Ambulance)
  • Madonna
Jedd Garet
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Felix Gonzales-Torres
  • Untitled
April Gornik
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Robert Greene
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Guerilla Girls
  • Hot Flashes, 1994, vol 1, no.4
Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Ian Hamilton Finlay
  • Detached Sentences on Weather
  • The Anaximander Fragment
  • The errata of Ovid
Jan Hashey
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Katsuhiko Hibino
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Mikiko Hibino
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Gary Hincks
  • The errata of Ovid
Noritoshi Hirakawa
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Keiko Hirano
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Damien Hirst
  • Home sweet home
  • Untitled (from the portfolio London)
David Hockney
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Jenny Holzer
  • Survival series pencils
Roni Horn
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Bryan Hunt
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Keiji Ito
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Takamichi Ito
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Tim Johnson
  • Be an artist
  • Disclosure
  • Fittings
  • Public fitting
Roberto Juarez
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Jane Kaplowitz
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Mitsuo Katsui
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Alex Katz
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Yoichiro Kawaguchi
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Toshifumi Kawahara
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Kazuo Kawasaki
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Mike Kelley
  • Dirty
Toshiyuki Kita
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Atsushi Kitagawara
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Takao Kitayama
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Kyubey Kiyomizu
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Joseph Kosuth
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Maria Kozic
  • Things 1
  • Things 2
  • Things 3
Kengo Kuma
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Masayuki Kurokawa
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Sol LeWitt
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Annette Lemieux
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Roy Lichtenstein
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Kim MacConnel
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Chips Mackinolty
  • For the man who said life wasn't meant to be easy - Make Life Impossible
  • Organise!
  • Walls sometimes speak. An exhibition of political posters
Marie McMahon
Ikuyo Mitsuhashi
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Museum Curators Class
  • Museums are DEAD
Joan Nelson
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Toshio Ohi
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Shinro Ohtake
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Yoko Ono
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Philip Pearlstein
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Raymond Pettibon
  • All the vastness of the universe...
  • Once upon a thousand and one nights...
  • Only the fine, the large, the human...
Ellen Phelan
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Jack Pierson
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Richard Prince
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Robert Rauschenberg
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Toni Robertson
  • History II - ... but not much! There must be ways to break the fence down
  • History I - Writing on the fence is better than sitting on the fence
  • No No (Wonder Woman) (Marxist-Feminist Conference) NOT TO BE EXHIBITED
  • The Royal Nuclear Show (what will it be like)
  • The way to a woman's heart is through her masochism
  • Walls sometimes speak. An exhibition of political posters
Dorothea Rockburne
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Alexis Rockman
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Ed Ruscha
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
  • Every Building on the Sunset Strip [Inhibodress Archive box 43]
  • Royal Road Test [Inhibodress Archive box 35]
  • Twenty Six Gasoline Stations [Inhibodress Archive box 35]
  • Various Small Fires and Milk [Inhibodress Archive box 35]
Makoto Saito
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
David Salle
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Koichi Sato
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Kenny Scharf
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Manfred Schmieder
  • Poker & 3 Joker/ Grosses Rasenstuck
George Segal
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Hiroshi Senju
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Jim Shaw
  • Dreams
  • Horror a vacui
  • The End is here!
David Shrigley
  • The Human Body
Patricia Smith
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Philip Smith
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Kenneth Snelson
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Sonic Youth
  • Dirty
Geoffrey Sonnabend
  • Geoffrey Sonnabend Obliscence: Theories of Forgetting and the Problem of Matter
Keith Sonnier
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Andrew Spence
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Billy Sullivan
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Donald Sultan
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Asko Sutiner
  • Yellow House
Edward Suzuki
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Ricky Swallow
  • Forgotten Foundation
Philip Taaffe
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Hajime Tachibana
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Shin Takamatsu
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Ikko Tanaka
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Noriyuki Tanaka
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Takayuki Terakado
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Hiroshi Teshigahara
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
  • Dispirited After a Dreary Day...
  • Geoffrey Sonnabend Obliscence: Theories of Forgetting and the Problem of Matter
The Paragon Press
  • Gavin Turk right hand and forearm (from the portfolio London)
  • Untitled (from the portfolio London)
Wayne Thiebaud
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Richard Kelly Tipping
  • 1 cent life in NY
  • Cok stops 1 & 2
Masatoshi Toda
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Rosemarie Trockel
  • Wurstteller (Sausage plate)
Kosuke Tsumura
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Gavin Turk
  • Gavin Turk right hand and forearm (from the portfolio London)
Shigeru Uchida
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Aijiro Wakita
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Andy Warhol
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
William Wegman
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Matthew Weinstein
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
William T. Wiley
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Terry Winters
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Christopher Wool
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Paul Worstead
  • Mental as Anything Dance all Band Alias
Valentine Worth
  • Geoffrey Sonnabend Obliscence: Theories of Forgetting and the Problem of Matter
Wang Wusheng
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Riken Yamamoto
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Robert Yarber
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Tadanori Yokoo
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera
Michele Zalopany
  • Art against aids: The artist's camera

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