One World Many Visions
- PUBLISHED: May 2007
- SUBJECT LISTING: Art History
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 136 Pages, 12 x 9.5 in, 177 illus., 126 in color
- ISBN: 9780642541505
Imants Tillers: One World Many Visions is a landmark publication on a major Australian artist. Tillers's art received considerable international recognition in the 1980s. In 1986 he was slected as the artist to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale. Since then significant survey shows of his work have been held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, in 1988, and at the Museo Contemporaneo Monterrey in Mexico in 2000. Considering the extent of his artistic contribution, it is fitting that the National Gallery of Australia should recognize Tillers's accomplishments in a major publication that documents his work from the 1970s to the new millennium.
Imants Tillers: One World Many Visions is a scholarly and lively account of Tillers's art and includes numerous works that are documented for the first time. Included in the publication is an introduction to the background of his work in the 1970s and to his remarkable Canvasboard System, in which he works on all canvasboard panels numbered from 1 to around 80,000 at the present time. In-depth discussions consider Tillers's artistic development over more than twenty years, the relationship of his work with indigenous art, a biographical account of his art and life, and a poetic interpretation of his recent work relating to place and the environment.
Across the spectrum of works Tillers makes pertinent local and international connections, raising questions about origins and originality, place and displacement, multicultural concerns and serendipitous connecitons, and environmental issues. This richly illustrated, up-to-date publication is an engaging account of one of Australia's most significant and thought-provoking artists.
Authors & Contributors
Deborah Hart is senior curator of Australian painting and sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia. Other contributors include Charles Merewether, Howard Morphy, and Jennifer Slayter.
Introduction: a work in progress
1. Bringing the Periphery centre stage
2. The Diaspora series: journey to new beginnings
3. Nature speaks: when locality prevails / Deborah Hart
Impossible to ignore: Imants Tillers' response to Aboriginal art / Howard Murphy
Biographical notes / Jennifer Slatyer
Tilling history / Charles Merewether
Checklist of works