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Bruce Pollard 2, 1979

1979 (printed 2012)
Robert Rooney

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 24.0 cm x 35.2 cm, image: 20.0 cm x 30.5 cm)

Bruce Pollard (b. 1936), gallerist, established the Pinocotheca Gallery in a St Kilda mansion in 1967, and relocated it to an old hat factory in Richmond in 1970. In the winter of that year, Peter Booth, Dale Hickey, Robert Hunter and Robert Rooney were some of the artists represented in a group show of large works at Pinocotheca; Paul Partos showed there later. Similar in sensibility and physical space to a New York SoHo loft, the gallery showed artists interested in post-object, conceptual and other non-traditional art forms. Aside from Legge and Watters in Sydney, it was the only gallery in Australia showing experimental work in the late 1960s and 1970s. Amongst the more than 300 artists who showed there were Rosalie Gascoigne, James Gleeson, Bill Henson, Tim Johnson, Tony Tuckson and Stelarc. Purposely, there was little documentation accompanying exhibitions.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012
© Estate of Robert Rooney

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Artist and subject

Robert Rooney (age 42 in 1979)

Bruce Pollard (age 43 in 1979)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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