Richard Dunn

Some Works


Richard Dunn was born in Sydney, Australia and studied architecture at  the University of New South Wales, sculpture at the National Art School,Sydney, and painting at the Royal College of Art, London, M.Art(RCA). He has lived for ten years in London and Paris, and in New York, 1984-1985. P.S.1 International Studio Program, PS1 MOMA, New York 1984. He was Director of Sydney College of the Arts 1988-2001, and Professor of Contemporary Visual Art and University Artist-in-Residence, the University of Sydney, until the end of 2010. Richard Dunn has been a Visiting Professor, National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo, 2000; Artist-in-Residence, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz,Germany, 2000; Guest-professor, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf winter semester 2003/4; External Examiner for Art, Space and Nature, Landscape Architecture, at the University of Edinburgh 2009-14.Artist-in-Residence, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India, 2010. He is Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Visual Art at the University of Sydney.

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Solo Exhibitions2014

‘Richard Dunn: New Works’, Concept Space, Shibukawa, Japan

‘Richard Dunn: 3 tatami piece – 10 paintings’, Star Projects at Yamashita Bldg, Nagoya, Japan


‘Four paintings after Albert Namatjira’, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

‘by leaves we live’, sleeper, Edinburgh


‘Polychrome’, gbk | Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

‘Polychrome’, SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney’

‘Some Decades’, Factory 49, Sydney

‘Richard Dunn: Four Paintings After Albert Namatjira’, Benalla Regional Gallery, Victoria and Moree Plains Gallery, NSW


‘The Labyrinth’, Mati Ghar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi


‘Opening of the Universe (Brahmasphutasiddhanta)’, gbk | Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

‘A plaid found at Culloden’, sleeper, Edinburgh

‘Richard Dunn: The Fibonacci Trees’, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins and Global Art Project, Melbourne, curated by Donald Williams

’Richard Dunn’, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne


‘Richard Dunn’, Peloton, Sydney

‘CITY’, gbk|Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney


‘Six Abstract Paintings (for J. McL.)’, Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria

‘Richard Dunn: mannig•faltig’, Förderverein Kunst der DRK Kliniken Westend, Berlin

‘Westworld’, Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf

‘Richard Dunn: Mani-fold Paintings + Photography’, gbk|Gallery Barry Keldoulis


‘Shadowzone’, Artspace, Sydney.

‘Richard Dunn – Mannig•faltig: Malerei u. fotos/Mani•fold: Paintings & photos’, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany.

‘The Labyrinth & Food+Poison’, gbk|Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney


‘Blickdicht:Damenstrümpfe in Chemnitz’, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany


‘Wittgenstein`s Colour’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney.


‘In Chemnitz’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney.

‘Nomad’, voxxx.galerie and Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz Germany.


Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney.


‘Nomad’, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.


‘PARALLELS: Space, Time & Architecture’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney.

Sydney Spring: Festival of New Music, ABC Centre, Sydney.


‘Hidden Structures 1969, Oblique 1995’, CBD Gallery, Sydney.

Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney

‘ ” ” (quotation)’, Artspace, Sydney.


Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

‘Richard Dunn: Selected Work 1964 – 1994’, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.


‘Surveillance and Punishment’, Faculty of Art and Design Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne.

Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.


‘The Dialectic Image – Selected Work 1964 – 1992’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

‘Push & Pull’, Yuill/Crowley, Sydney.


Yuill/Crowley, Sydney.

Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.


Yuill/Crowley, Sydney.

Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.


‘Works from New York 1984 – 1985’, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

‘Richard Dunn’, PS1, New York

‘Drawing From the Barricades’, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

‘Six Positions’, Yuill/Crowley, Sydney


‘A-K: The Normal and Domestic’, Yuill/Crowley, Sydney.

‘Die Brücke/The Bridge’, QED, Sydney.


‘Barricades No.3 (The Sheet, The Monochrome, The Banner) 1848’, Art Projects, Melbourne.


‘(a dialogue of objects)’, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

‘The Second Construction: Barricades’, QED, One Central Street, Sydney.


‘Tools of Coincidence’, Art Projects, Melbourne.

‘Monastery’, modernArt, One Central Street, Sydney.


Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane


Nine Works, Gallery A, Sydney.


‘Six Positions’, modernArt, Sydney.

Warehouse Gallery, Melbourne.


Gallery A, Sydney.


Gallery A, Sydney.



Group Exhibitions



‘Black White & Restive: Cross-cultural Initiatives in Australian Contemporary Art’, Newcastle Art Gallery, curated by Una Rey.

‘Modern Australian Painting’, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.


‘Painting 1 – Edge, Angle, Grid’, William Wright Projects, Sydney

‘Feral’, Articulate, Sydney.


‘Pop to Popism’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, curated by Wayne Tunnicliffe

‘Namatjira and Beyond’, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria, curated by Dianne Mangan.


‘MIX TAPE 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

‘Colour Masters’, Albert Namatjira Gallery, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs.

‘Vista’, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

‘Roads Cross; Contemporary Directions in Australian Art’, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs.


‘Roads Cross; Contemporary Directions in Australian Art’, Charles Darwin University Art Gallery

‘Roads Cross; Contemporary Directions in Australian Art’, Flinders University Art Museum, curated by Fiona Salmon, Vivonne Thwaites, Anita Angel.

‘SNO@BHO’, Balhaus Ost, Berlin, curated by Mani Hammer, Gunna Schmidt, Nicola Stäglich, Anke Völk


‘Abstraction 11’, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

’Lines of Thinking’, Global Centre for Drawing @ Langford120, Melbourne

‘Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO’, ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, Wollongong City Gallery, New England Regional Art Gallery.


‘Constellations’, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne‘ 

‘Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney


‘Faith & Lust’, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. Curated by Alex Lawler

‘N.O.’, SNO|Sydney Non Objective Contemporary Art Project. Curated by Richard Dunn

‘Gallery A Sydney 1964-1983’, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown NSW and Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle NSW

‘Primary Views: Artists curate the Monash University Collection’, Monash University Museum of Art, Monash University, Clayton Vic. Curators: Stephen Bram; Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley; Juan Davila

‘Abstraction 8, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

‘Vivid Sydney Festival Smart Light Sydney: Art Light”, University of Technology, Sydney, curated by Mike Day


‘Artspace 24/25’, Artspace, Sydney

‘Australia – Contemporary Non-Objective Art’, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück, Germany. Curated by Christoph Dahlhausen

‘Aus Australien’, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand

‘Australien – Konkrete Kunst aus dem 5. Kontinent’, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, Germany. Curated by Christoph Dahlhausen


‘Australia – Contemporary Non-Objective Art’, Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung e.V. and raum2810, Bonn, Curated by Christoph Dahlhausen

‘Living Elvis’, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. Curated by Peter Barnes

‘Alluring Dystopias’, George Petelin Gallery, Southport QLD.


‘Weltanshauung – Vision of the World’, Art Gallery of the United Nations, New York. Curated by Dr. Paul Eubel

‘Weltanshauung – Visione del Mondo’, Museo D’Arte Moderna E Contemporanea Palazzo Belmonte Riso, Palermo. Curated by Dr. Paul Eubel

‘Models for Chinese-German sculpture and architecture-garden-places, 2006-2010’, Tianjin Art Gallery, Tianjin, PR China. Curated by Marcel Hardung-Uecker

‘Abstraction 5’, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

gbk|Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney


‘S.N.O 6’, S.N.O., Sydney

‘Bleak Epiphanies’, Virginia Wilson ART, Sydney. Curated by William Wright

‘Pitch Your Own Ten: Art Projects/Store 5/Ist Floor’, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne


‘Penetralia: Art and Psychoanalysis in Melbourne 1940-2004’, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne


‘First Beijing International Art Biennale’, Beijing, China


‘Monochromes’, University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Curator: David Pestorius.

‘Celebrating the Exquisite Corpse’, Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC. Touring Swan Hill & Ararat. Curator: Anonda Bell.

‘Aus Australien Porfolio’. Bendigo Art Gallery, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria. Portfolio selected by René Block.


‘Southern Reflections: Ten Contemporary Australian Artists’, Göteborgs Konsthallen, (Contemporary Art Gallery, Gothenberg), Sweden, Galleria Otso (Contemporary Art Gallery), Helsinki (Espoo) Curator: Elizabeth Cross.

‘Visiboard Art Prize’, Barossa Vintage Festival, Richmond Grove Winery, Tanunda, South Australia.


‘Southern Reflections’, Kulturhuset, (Cultural Centre) Stockholm, Sweden; Stenersenmuseet, Oslo. Curator: Elizabeth Cross.

‘Symbiosis’, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, and Utopia Art Sydney (Curator: Stephen Hesketh).


‘Geometric Painting in Australia 1941 – 1997’, University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane Curator: David Pestorius.

‘Innenseite’, Kassel, Germany. Curator: Professor Hamdi el Attar, Universität Ghk Kassel.

‘Objects and Ideas: Revisiting Minimalism’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Curator: Linda Michaels.

‘Minimalism’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney.


‘Flagging the Republic’, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney; New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne Curator: Bill Wright.


‘Smorgan Collection’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.


‘Looking Seeing Reading’, Institute of Contemporary Art, Brisbane & Monash University Gallery, Melbourne. Curator: Ian Burn.

‘The Baillieu Myer Collection of the 80`s’, Museum of Modern Art at Heidi, Melbourne.


‘Languages of Abstraction’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

‘Looking Seeing Reading’, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney. Curator: Ian Burn.

‘Construction in Process IV: My Home is Your Home’, International Artists Museum, Lødz, Poland.


‘Synthesis: Art and Architecture’, (with Graham Jahn, architect), Bond Store, Sydney. Curator: Davina Jackson.

‘Future City’, (with Graham Jahn, architect), Bond Store, Sydney. Curator: Davina Jackson.


Momentary Modern, Amsterdam. Curators: Irene Scocos and Corinne Groot.


‘Art from Australia: Eight Contemporary Views’, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; National Gallery of Singapore, Singapore; Gedung Seni Rupa (National Gallery of Indonesia) Jakarta, Indonesia; National Gallery of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila, Phillipines. Curator: Alison Carroll.

‘Eighth Biennale of Sydney: The Readymade Boomerang’, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Bond Store, Walsh Bay, Curator: René Block.


‘The Australia Exhibition’, Württembergischen Kunstverein, Stuttgart.

‘Prospect 89’, An International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Frankfurter Kunstverein & Shirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt. Curator: Peter Weiermair.


‘Australian Biennale. From the Southern Cross: A View of World Art c. 1940- 1988’ – The Seventh Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales & Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Curator: Nick Waterlow).

‘Edge to Edge: Australian Contemporary Art to Japan’, The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan.

‘The Australian Exhibition’, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steirnernes Haus, Frankfurt a M. Curators: Tony Bond and Peter Weiermair.


‘From Field to Figuration’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

‘Fünf vom Fünften in Australien’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

‘Sighting References’, National Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Art Gallery of New South Wales and Artspace, Sydney; Monash University Gallery, Melbourne. Curator: Gary Sangster.

‘Australian Bicentennial Perspecta’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Curator: Tony Bond.


Sixth Biennale of Sydney: Origins, Originality and Beyond, Art Gallery of New South Wales & Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay, Sydney. Curator: Nick Waterlow.

Mass, The New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York Curated by Group Material

The Hand and the Photograph, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. Curator: Martyn Jolly.


The Clocktower, New York.

‘Australian Art in Our Time’, Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis.

‘Selections 30’, The Drawing Center, New York.

‘The Politics of Picturing II’, IMA Brisbane.

‘5/5, Fünf vom Fünften’, daadgalerie, Berlin. Curator: René Block.

‘Mass’, touring exhibition, USA. Curated by Group Material

‘Close Remarks’, Artspace, Sydney. Curator: Gary Sangster.

‘The Pleasure of the Gaze’, Art Gallery of Western Australian, Perth. Curator: Bruce Adams.

‘Australian Perspecta `85’ Art Gallery of New South South Wales, Sydney. Curators: Gary Sangster & Bernice Murphy.


‘The Australians: Three Generations of Australian Drawing’, CDS Gallery, New York. Curator: Memory Holloway.

‘Recent Australian Painting’, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Curator: Ron Radford.

‘The Politics of Picturing’, University of Tasmania. Curator: Suzanne Davies.


‘D`un Autre Continent: L`Australie, Le Rêve et le Réel’, ARC/Musee d`Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Curator: Suzanne Pagé.

‘Australian Art in Amsterdam’, Suzanne Biederberg Gallery with Gallerie Wetering and Gallerie Jurka.


‘Popism’, National Gallery of Victoria. Curator: Paul Taylor.

‘Australian Art of the Last Ten Years’, National Gallery, Canberra.

‘The Seventies’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.


‘Australian Perspecta `81’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Curator: Berenice Murphy.

‘The Beacon’, n- space, Sydney. Curator: Imants Tillers.


‘Frame of Reference’, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne. Curator: Judy Annear.


‘Third Biennale of Sydney: European Dialogue’, AGNSW. Curator: Nick Waterlow.

‘The Work and its Context 2’, Australian Embassy, Paris. Curator: Grazia Gunn


‘The Work and its Context: Six Attitudes in Australian Art’, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Curator: Grazia Gunn.

‘The Sixties into the Seventies: Selections from the Chandler Coventry Collection’, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne. Curator: Grazia Gunn.

‘Roadshow: Works on Paper’, Touring exhibition. Curator: Katrina Rumley.


‘Georges Invitation Art Prize’, Georges Gallery, Melbourne.


‘The Coventry Collection’, University of New England, Armidale, NSW.


‘London `69’, Arnhem Galleries, Croydon, England.


‘RA and RCA’, Diploma Galleries, Royal Academy, London.


‘NSW Travelling Art Scholarship’, AGNSW, Sydney.


‘Young Contemporaries’, CAS, Blaxland Galleries, Sydney.

’25 Young Painters’, Argus Gallery, Melbourne.

‘Young Contemporaries’, Archer Street Gallery, Adelaide.