visiting « The Field Revisited ». A landmark exhibition in Australian art history, The Field opened the National Gallery of Victoria’s new premises on St Kilda Road in 1968. The inaugural exhibition marked a dramatic shift in the Gallery’s approach to contemporary art. Curated by the NGV’s John Stringer, Exhibition Officer, and Brian Finemore, Curator of Australian Art, the premise of the exhibition was to define an ‘entire direction’ in contemporary Australian art that had received no prior institutional attention, and to study international stylistic tendencies in emerging Australian artists. By reassembling as many of the seventy-four works included in the 1968 exhibition, and presenting them as closely as possible to the original layout and design, this restaging cements The Field’s place as one of the most innovative exhibitions of its generation. A number of works from the original exhibition have been destroyed, and the fates of six paintings and six sculptures remain unknown. The physical spaces of the destroyed and missing works are marked throughout the exhibition space, reinforcing the importance of these works to The Field.
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