Robert Rooney's work & collection on show at the NGV - Art Collector

Robert Rooney, Fenced-off service station. Hawthorn, July 1977 [Fenced-off service station series 1977–78], 1997. Cibachrome photographs (a-b), 38.9 x 101cm. Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Gift of the artist, 2009. Courtesy: the artist

25 October 2010 | Melbourne’s Robert Rooney is the subject of a forthcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, which places the artist’s photographic work alongside his own collection of Australian and international conceptual art.

Rooney’s collection collection includes works by key international artists of the 1960s and 1970s such as Allan Kaprow, Ed Ruscha and Sol LeWitt, as well as Australians Ian Burn and Dale Hickey.

The NGV’s senior curator of prints and drawings Cathy Leahy says Rooney – who is now in his 70s – has been an avid collector of art and artist books since his school days. “He was particularly drawn to the conceptual materials coming out of America in the 1960s, acquiring the majority of these works either in the year of their creation or soon after, and at a time when few people were actively collecting such material.”

Many of the works in
Endless Present: Robert Rooney and Conceptual Art have been donated to the NGV by the artist.

Endless Present: Robert Rooney and Conceptual Art will be staged at the NGV International from 12 November 2010 to 27 March 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

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