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Michael Johnson

The Big Zipper, 1968

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Catalogue number: 24

acrylic on canvas

80.00 x 280.00

unsigned

Provenance:

From the artist, through Gallery A in Sydney, to Robert Klippel; thence by gift.

Exhibited:

Michael Johnson, Gallery A, Sydney, November 1968, No 10

Literature & references:

The work can be seen in relation to other works of the period employing his characteristic umber to clash with an electric blue: Frontal II, where the central umber square is flanked on both sides by blue bars, and Chomp, where the composition is radically enlivened by both shaping and by 45 degree tilting of the verticals and horizontals to produce an almost violently diagonal composition. For Frontal II, see Barry Pearce, Michael Johnson, Beagle Press, 2004, plate 11;
For Chomp, see James Gleeson, Modern Painters - 1931-1970, Landsdowne Press, 1971, plate 87.
Both were exhibited in the Field exhibition and illustrated in the catalogue: Lynn, McCaughey and Harpur, the Field, NGV, 1968, p 32 and 33.

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The painting can hang vertically or horizontally

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