Melbourne

Melbourne

Robert Hunter

National Gallery of Victoria
180 St. Kilda Road and Federation Square
April 27–August 26, 2018

Curated by Jane Devery

Robert Hunter (1947–2014) is renowned for his “white-on-white” paintings, although, as any Hunter admirer will attest, his works are infinitely more chromatically complex than that. The artist typically based his compositions on a grid (and, anecdotally, on the geometry of the pool table), crisscrossing that structure with intricate but barely perceptible patterns executed in a seemingly inexhaustible palette of white and off-white hues of house paint. This first major retrospective presents forty-one pieces from 1966 to 2013, featuring two remakes of wall paintings, a serial work on paper from 1970, and archival documents pertaining to Hunter’s friendship with Carl Andre, with whom he showed in a series of two-man exhibitions in Australia in 1978. Accompanying the show is a significant monograph—including essays by Ann Stephen, Jennifer Winkworth, and Tom Nicholson—that parses Hunter’s artistic process and exhibition history alongside his tangled relationships with Minimalism and Conceptualism.