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Mike Brown

Fractured Tensions, 1964

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enamel on board

122.00 x 183.00

signed and dated ‘Mike Brown / 1964’ l.r.

Provenance:

Peter Burns, 1964 - 2004;
Christies Australia, 30 Nov 2004, lot 64 as Untitled;
Private Collection, Melbourne, since 2010

Exhibited:

Face Value - being a motley collection of objects d'art by Mike Brown (An Exhibition of Hard Edge and Pop Paintings), Museum of Modern Art and Design of Australia, Tavistock Place, Melbourne, 1964;
Small but Tasty - 17 Works by Mike Brown, Benalla Art Gallery, 13 March - 10 May, 2010

Literature & references:

Richard Haese, Permanent Revolution - Mike Brown and the Australian Avant Garde 1953-1997, Meigunyah Press, 2011, p 121:
The exhibition Face Value included “several large paintings that were radical departures from the previous work… John and Sunday Reed acquired three more works, Seven Lonely Days, Folding Pictorial, and one of the two wall sculptures using plastic and kitchen items, Christmas Present… he [John Reed] also ensured the entry of Kite into the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and Georges Mora bought The Pleasures of Smoking.” op cit, p 115;

Bernard Smith, The Age, 14 October, 1964 (quoted in Haese, op cit. p 119): “Originality is an elusive and capricious virtue, and harder than ever to find today in the visual arts with everybody so formidably equipped to search for it. But I would say without hesitation that Michael Brown’s show… is the most original Melbourne has seen this year… a show in which it is possible to feel the present as something active and alive.”

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Further works by the Artist

Scribble Scribble

Mike Brown

1972

acrylic on canvas, 109.00 x 110.00

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Psychoscape

Mike Brown

ink on paper, 36.00 x 49.00

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Black Rock

Mike Brown

1980 - 1982

acrylic on canvas, 104.00 x 104.00

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Man witnessing the arrival of extra-terrestrial objects

Mike Brown

c. 1992

acrylic on board, 52.00 x 42.00

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Untitled

Mike Brown

c. 1980

acrylic and collage on canvas, 59.00 x 57.00

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Psychoactive Objects in the Sands of Time

Mike Brown

1989

oil on board, 62.00 x 92.00

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Dragon

Mike Brown

1984

positive Lithfilm enlargement, 28.00 x 38.00

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Untitled (I love you)

Mike Brown

screenprint on paper, 61.00 x 59.00

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Untitled

Mike Brown

c. 1970

3 colour screenprint on paper, 71.00 x 51.00

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Scribl 3

Mike Brown

1996

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Bastion Point I

Mike Brown

1996

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Tesserae

Mike Brown

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Pinkie

Mike Brown

1996

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Monique

Mike Brown

1996

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Black and White

Mike Brown

1996

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Scribl 2

Mike Brown

1996

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Trophy

Mike Brown

1996

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Temple Roof

Mike Brown

1996

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Power to the People

Mike Brown

1995

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Face

Mike Brown

1996

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Stars

Mike Brown

1996

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Mountain Greenery

Mike Brown

1996

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Face Only

Mike Brown

1996

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Happy Christmas!!

Mike Brown

1996

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Love

Mike Brown

1996

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Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.