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The Field Revisited at the NGV

— Friday 27th April 2018

Installation view The Field NGV 1968
The National Gallery of Victoria will re-stage The Field exhibition, originally held in 1968, 27 April - 26 August, 2018

When the new Roy Grounds designed NGV opened on St Kilda Rd in 1968 the inaugural exhibition was a group show of Australian artists practicing hard-edge, colour-field abstraction – a style that emerged in New York in the 1960s, characterised by large works (both painting and sculpture), geometric in nature, that revealed a minimal trace of the artist’s hand (brush, spray can, welder, etc.)  Curated by Brian Finnemore and John Stringer, the exhibition included 40 artists – many relatively young (early 20s) and many having just returned from Europe and the USA.  The exhibition received a mixed reception, but in hindsight it is remembered as one of the most important and influential in Australia’s history. 


50 years on, the NGV is going to restage the show.  Beckett Rozentals and her team have gathered as many of the original works as possible – with the help of a nation-wide media call out to find missing works – and have commissioned the recreation of works known to have been destroyed or lost.  The few works that remain lost will have their stories told in absentia.


Free entry, open 10am-5pm daily

NGV Australia, Federation Square, Level 3

27 April – 26 August, 2018


For more information, visit the NGV’s website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/the-field-revisited/



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.