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ARTIST PROFILE

MIKE PARR
Born 1945, Sydney
Lives and works in Sydney

Mike Parr is widely regarded as one of the most gifted living Australian artists and as the most outstanding Australian artist of his generation. His work is imbued with a strongly cathartic presence, a direct result of his personally demanding working processes. Mike Parr has realised over one thousand works within the context of his self-imposed ‘Self-Portrait’ series, in a range of media that includes performance, installation, sculpture, drawing, drypoint etching and photography.

Parr is a captivating public speaker. His performance works have often tested the limits of the artist’s own body and often impact deeply on his audiences. In his performance entitled Close the Concentration Camps, 2002, Parr had his lips sewn together in solidarity with refugees in Australia’s detention centres. His representation in the 2005 Sherman Galleries exhibition ‘Text Me: An Exploration of Body Language’ similarly referenced the inhumane treatment of Australia’s detainees.

Mike Parr has exhibited prodigiously both in Australia and internationally, and been represented in important exhibitions in Brazil, Cuba, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the United States. He was included in the 12th Biennale of Sydney (2000) and the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Contemporary Photo-media (2004). In 2005, the Newcastle Region Art Gallery held the survey exhibition, ‘CUT YOUR THROAT AN INCH AT A TIME: A Survey of the Works of Mike Parr 1970–2005’, including thirty major works, a site-specific live performance and new sculptural installation.

In 2005–06, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, exhibited a major survey of Parr’s prints, while also representing his work in its exhibition of international contemporary self-portraits; confirming his position as one of Australia’s most important and challenging artists. A catalogue raisonné of Mike Parr’s work on DVD-ROM is currently in production.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2007 Mike Parr: Salto Mortale – The Nothing Self Portraits, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Amerika, endurance performance, Art Gallery of New South Wales & Performance Space, Sydney, 9–12 May
Volte Face: Mike Parr Prints and Pre-prints 1970–2005, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Downward Envy, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2005 Cut Your Throat an Inch at a Time: A Survey of the Work of Mike Parr 1970–2005, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New South Wales, 14 September – 20 November
Kingdom Come and/or Punch Holes in the Body Politic, endurance performance, Artspace, Sydney, 8 – 10 April
2004–05 The Mass Psychology of Fascism Zip-a-dee-doo-day, Zip-a-dee-ay, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2 December 2004 – 3 February 2005
2003 We Are All Monochromes Now, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 14 August – 6 September
Latemouth: Works on paper, 1987–2003, University Art Museum, University
of Queensland, Brisbane, 18 July – 30 August
film noir, politique blanche (with Adam Geczy), Performance Space, Sydney,
19 April – 10 May
AETHER/AWE, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, February
2002 Close the Concentration Camps, Monash Museum of Art, Melbourne, 15 June
Malevich [A Politicsl Arm], Artspace, Sydney, 3–5 May
2001 ZIV, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, 6–29 September
ZIV, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney, 6–29 September
Aluminium from the Mouth, Anna Schwatz Gallery, Melbourne
Water from the Mouth, performance, Artspace, Sydney, 26 April – 5 May
Bloody Idiot Parr, of course, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle, 5 April – 5 May
2000 ARCO, International Contemporary Art Fair, Parque Serial Juan Carosl, Madrid
Shallow Grave , 3-day performance, 7–9 July, 12th Biennale of Sydney, AGNSW
Mike Parr, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Performance of 100 Breaths, Recontre internationale d’ art performance,
Le Lieu, Quebec City, Canada
Mike Parr: …de Kooning, de Kooning…, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
John Nixon/ Mike Parr, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Cologne
1999 Deep Sleep [The Analytical Disabling of Mind and Matter], Nixon/Parr, 72-hour performance, 17–20 June, National Portrait Gallery at Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra
Wrong Face, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Three Collaborations, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Mike Parr, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1998 Mike Parr, Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria
Mike Parr, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
The Rest of Time, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Outrage 3, Artspace, Sydney
Female Factory, 7-hour performance, 254, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Blood Box, 24-hour performance, 69/79, Artspace, Sydney
Photo-Realism, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
The Rest of Time, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
1997 Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
1996 The Infinity Machine, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney; Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Head on a Plate, New York Studio School, New York
The White Hybrid (Fading), performance, Artspace, Sydney
Unword, performance, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia
1995 The Illusion of the End, Sherman Galleries Goodhope and Hargrave, Sydney
Day Break, performance, Scene Shop at the Cultural Centre of Manila, Manila
1994 Mike Parr, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Works from the Self Portrait Project, Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Brisbane
Echolalia (the road): Prints from the Self Portrait Project: Mike Parr 1987–1994, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
100 Breaths/100 Songs from (ALPHABET/HAEMORRHAGE) Black Box of 100 Self Portrait Etchings 5, 1993–1994, performance, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, performer John Breheney
Fathers 11 (The Law of the Image), installation, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
Waste, performance, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
The Bridge, performance, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1993 100 Breaths from (ALPHABET/HAEMORRHAGE) Black Box of 100 Self Portrait Etchings 2, 1992, performance, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, 2 April
Pinch, performance, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, 24 June
Visiting Australian Artist, performance, Kunst, Sydney, 4 August
Mike Parr, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, September
Black Mirror/Pale Fire, Various Routes, Whistle/White, 3 performances, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 21–23 October
1992 Survey of Prints, Delaney Gallery, Perth
ALPHABET/HAEMORRHAGE, 17 performances, Arthouse, Perth, 3 April; 4 performances, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 6 May; 4 performances, City Gallery, Melbourne, 13 June; 9 performances, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 4 August
Memory of a Monochrome (for John Nixon), A-Atrophy, Field/Feeled, 3 performances, School of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 September
100 Breaths from (ALPHABET/HAEMORRHAGE) Black Box of 100 Self Portrait Etchings, performance, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 9 October
Memory of a Monochrome Part 1 (Belah/Belly), Memory of a Monochrome Part 2 (Bloodhouse/Blow), Introjection of a Chair (Block/Blood), Green Self Portrait (Bitzer/Black), from Black Book, 4 performances, The Gunnery, Sydney, 12 December
The Shelf, Nixon/Parr 1972–1992, installation, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1991 Mike Parr, Artist in Residence 1990–1991, Ian Potter Gallery, The University of Melbourne Museum of Art, Melbourne
3 Installations, City Gallery, Melbourne
Mike Parr, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Survey of Recent Work, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Perth
1990 I think of Drypoint in terms of Braille and Excavation, survey of prints1988–1990,
Drill Hall Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, curator Roger Butler
Drawings from the Self Portrait Project 1983–1990, City Gallery, Melbourne
Köln Art Fair, a survey of prints by Mike Parr, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1989 Mike Parr, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, June; City Gallery, Melbourne, July; Milburn + Arté Gallery, Brisbane, September
1988 North, Milburn + Arté Gallery, Brisbane
1987 The Green Self Portraits, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Acid Rain, Michael Milburn Galleries, Brisbane
The Slot (Photography), Reproduction Zero, The I of God (Untitled Self Portraits), United Artists, Melbourne
1986 The Parting of the Red Sea, Siegal Contemporary Art Inc., New York
The Satellites of Death, Michael Milburn Galleries, Brisbane
Three Works, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1985 Portage, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; Fine Art Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart
1984 Towards the Other Side (Self Quotations), three drawing series, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Gallery, Melbourne, curator John Smithies
1983 Black Box: The Theatre of Self Correction, Part 2, Performance Space, Sydney
Cloacal Corridor (O Vio Prote/O Vio Proto/O Vio Loto/O Thethe) Self Portrait as a Pair or Self Portrait as a Pun, drawing installation; Identification Number 1 (Rib Markings in the Carnarvon Ranges, North-West Queensland), January 1975, photo series; Screenings of Rules and Displacement Activities Parts I, II and III; Performance presentation from George Brecht’s WaterYam, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, curator Barbara Campbell
Drawings, Art Projects, Melbourne
1982 A-Atrophy (Self Portrait at the age of 37), drawing installation, Art Projects, Melbourne
1981 Screening of Rules and Displacement Activities Parts I and II, Museum des 20 Jahrhunderts, Vienna; Dany Keller Galerie, Munich; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; National Art School, Dublin, curator Jennifer Phipps
Plain Images (with Robert Owen), Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Alexander Mackie College, Sydney
1980 Screening of Rules and Displacement Activities Parts I and II, together with slide lectures, Western Australian Institute of Technology, Perth, curator Bruce Adams
1978 Screening of Rules and Displacement Activities Parts I and II, lectures, Bela Balaczs Studio for Experimental Film, Budapest, Hungary
1977 Cathartic Action/Social Gestus Number 5, performance, Sculpture Centre, Sydney
The Emetics/Primary Vomit Blue (I am Sick of Art), performance, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1974 Information Centers 1 & 2, Contemporary Art Society Gallery, Adelaide; Central Street Gallery, Sydney
1973 Performance, Actions, Videosystems, Galerie Impact, Lausanne; Galerie Media, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Mike Parr (with Peter Kennedy), Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1972 Trans-Art 1: Idea Demonstrations (with Peter Kennedy), Inhibodress Gallery, Sydney; Veste Sagrada and Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1973
1971 Word Situations Number 1, Inhibodress Gallery, Sydney
Word Situations Number 2: Wall Definition, Inhibodress Gallery, Sydney; Pinacotheca Gallery (with Tim Johnson), Melbourne
1970 Light Pieces & Painted Constructions, Reid Gallery, Brisbane

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 The Story of Australian Printmaking 1801-2005, National Gallery of Australlia, Canberra
2006-07 Proof, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne
Truth and Likeness, National Portrait Gallery, Old Parliament House, Canberra
Into Me/Out of Me, curator Klaus Biesenbach, PS1, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo D’Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Italy
2006 Masquerade: Representation and the Self in Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2005 The Gesture: A Visual Library in Progress, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, 22 July – 18 September; Quarter, Centro Produzione Arte, Florence, italy, 6 October – 13 November
Unscripted, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 May – 24 July
2004 One Of: Festivus 04, curators Anthony Whelan & Amanda Henry, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
MCA Unpacked II, University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide, 10 June – 17 July
Frank Saxby Acquisitions, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, 12 February – 14 March
Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Contemporary Photo-Media, 28 February – 30 May
Parr and Geczy: The Mass Psychology of Fascism or Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 6 February – 9 May
2002 Group Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, 18 January – 9 February
2001 the self, freespace, Project Space, SCAA, Wynyard, 13 September – 7 October
Anxiety: The Drawn Figure, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, 23 August – 22 September
Art Chicago 2001, Chicago, Illinois, 11 – 14 May
low-down, recent acquisitions, Monash University Collection, Monash University
2000 Twelfth Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Museum of Contemporary Art; Artspace and other Sydney venues
1999 Other Stories: Five Australian Artists, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan , Asialink exhibition, curator Alison Carroll
Parr Sachs Tillers Young, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange
home and away, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Five Continents and One City, curator Gao Minglu, Mexico City Gallery, Mexico
The Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, UK
Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, Queens Museum, The Walker Art Centre, Miami Art Centre and other American Museums, 1999–2000
1998 Wounds: Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Southern Reflections: An Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Art to Northern Europe, Kulturhaus, Stockholm, Sweden; Konathallen Götsberg, Gothenberg, Sweden; Arhus Konstmuseum, Arhus, Denmark; Museum Tamminiementle (City Art Museum), Helsinki; Neues Museum, Bremen, Germany; Staatliche Sammlung fur Kunst, Chemnitz, East Germany
Telling Tales, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Red Field (Liquidation), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
1997 Anon, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Dead Sun, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, curator Mike Parr; Dead Sun, performance, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, performer Mike Parr
Body, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, curator Anthony Bond
Tokyo International Art Festival (TIaF), Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
In Place (Out of Time): Contemporary Art in Australia, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, curators Howard Morphy, David Elliott
The Fukui Biennale 7, Media and Human Body, Fukui City Art Museum, Fukui, Japan
Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
The Real Thing, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne, curator Juliana Engberg
Episodes, Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
1996 Systems End: Contemporary Art in Australia, OXY Gallery, Osaka; Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo; Dong-Ah Gallery, Seoul, Korea Organisers: Sherman Galleries, Sydney; curators William Wright, Takeshi Kanazawa
Spirit & Place: Art in Australia 1861–1996, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, curators Nick Waterlow, Ross Mellick
No Exit: The Guinness Contemporary Art Project, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, curator Victoria Lynn
1995 Antipodean Currents: 10 Contemporary Artists from Australia, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York
Kedumba Drawing Award 1995, Fairmont Resort, Leura, New South Wales
1994 25 Years of Performance Art in Australia, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Perth; Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Tell me a Story, Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hobart, curator Pat Brassington
Adelaide Installations, the 1994 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Adelaide
1993 The Joan and Peter Clemenger Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, curator John McPhee
Identities: Art from Australia, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, curator Deborah Hart
The Black Show, Geelong Art Gallery, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Waverley City Art Gallery, Mildura Arts Centre, La Trobe Regional Gallery, Orange Regional Gallery, Wollongong City Gallery, Nolan Gallery Canberra, curator Peter Timms
1992 Pages, The Museum Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, curator Linda Michael
My Head is a Map – A Decade of Australian Prints, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, curator Roger Butler
1991 Early and Recent Work by 8 Contemporary Artists, City Gallery, Melbourne
The Corporeal Body, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, curator Christopher Chapman
Off the Wall / In the Air: A Seventies' Selection, Monash University Gallery and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, guest curator Jennifer Phipps
Opening Transformations, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, curators Bernice Murphy, Linda Michael
Contemporary Art Archive, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, curator Sue Cramer
1990 EDGE 90: The New Work (Art & Life in the Nineties), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Great Britain
Fifth Biennial Michelton Print Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, with tours to the Benalla and Shepparton Art Galleries and then to Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, curator Janie Gillespie
Group Show, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
On Kawara Today and Works from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Biennale of Sydney satellite exhibition, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of fine Arts, Sydney, curator Linda Michael
Acquisitions 1984–90: A Collection of Contemporary Australian Art, Griffith University, Brisbane
Inland, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, curator Robert Owen
1989 Prints and Australia: Pre-Settlement to Present, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, curator Roger Butler
Inhibodress 1970–72, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Perth; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Ian Potter Gallery, The University of Melbourne Museum of Art, Melbourne, curator Sue Cramer
1988 1988 Australian Biennale From the Southern Cross: A View of World Art
c. 1940–1988, Seventh Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, Sydney, 18 May – 3 July; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 4 August – 18 September, Artistic Director Nick Waterlow
Edge to Edge: Australian Contemporary Art to Japan, National Museum of Art, Osaka; Old and New Hara Museums, Tokyo; Nagoya City Museum, Nagoya; Hokkaido Museum, Sapporo
Tenth British International Print Biennale, Britain and Australia, Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, Great Britain, 30 April – 26 June
ROSC 1988, Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Australian Drawings and Watercolours in the collection of the Australian National Gallery, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, curator Andrew Sayers
Australian Contemporary Art to China, State Museums of Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai and Guangzhou, 1988–89, exhibition managed by Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education
The Great Australian Art Exhibition 1788–1988, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Advance Australian Painting, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
1987 Parallax, Artspace, Sydney, curator Gary Sangster
Light of Day/Between Lindy Lee and Mike Parr, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, curator Denise Robinson
Australian Bicentennial Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 October – 29 November, 1987; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 5 March – 17 April, 1988; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steirnernes Haus, Frankfurt, 14 December – 22 January 1989; Württemburgischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, 22 February – 2 April, 1989, curator Anthony Bond
1986 Prospect ’86, An International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 9 September – 2 November, curator Peter Weiermair
Sixth Biennale of Sydney: Origins, Originality & Beyond, 16 May – 6 July, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, Sydney, Director Nick Waterlow
5/5, Fünf Vom Fünften, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; curator René Block; Australian curator Anthony Bond
Jahres Gaben, International drawing show, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, curator Peter Weiermair
1985 5/5, Fünf Vom Fünften, daadgalerie, Berlin, 2 September – 6 October, curator René Block
Australian Perspecta 85, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, curator Anthony Bond
Amsterdam, October
1984 An Australian Accent, Three Artists, Mike Parr, Imants Tillers, Ken Unsworth, PS1 (Project Studios One), The Institute of Art and Urban Resources, Inc., New York, 15 April – 10 June; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 20 June – August; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 22 September – 11 November; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, December – January, 1985, curator John Kaldor, John Kaldor Art Project 7
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York,
10 May –1 9 August, curator Kynaston McShine
Dreams and Nightmares: Australian Art in the 1980s, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, April – May
Australia: Nine Contemporary Artists, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 30 June – 15 August, curator Bob Smith
New Talent, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, June – July
Australian Works on Paper, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, and three other galleries, curator Jennifer Phipps
1983 Presence & Absence: Survey of Contemporary Australian Art, No. 1, installation, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, February – March
Attitudes to Drawing, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of new South Wales, Sydney, 19 April – 7 May; The Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Gallery, Emu Plains, curator Chris Gentle
Tall Poppies, an exhibition of five pictures, University Art Gallery, University of Melbourne, 26 April – 3 June, guest curator Paul Taylor
Continuum ’83: The 1st [sic] Exhibition of Australian Contemporary Art in Japan, 15 galleries in Tokyo, 22 August – 3 September 1983, curator Emiko Namikawa
D’un autre continent ‘L’Australie, Le rêve et le réel’, ARC/Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 4 October – 4 December, curators Suzanne Pagé, Leon Paroissien
Australian Art in Amsterdam, Galerie Biederberg-Mueller and two other galleries,
1982 Eureka! Artists from Australia, Institute of Contemporary Art and Serpentine Gallery, 13 March – 25 April, London, Exhibition Director Sandy Nairne
Film as Art, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne, September, together with Australian tour curator, Alison Fraser
The Temple of the Winds, n-space, The Temple of the Winds, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, 3 October, curators Imants Tillers, John Nixon
Fourth Biennale of Sydney: Vision in Disbelief, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 7 April – 23 May, Director William Wright
ACT 3: Ten Australian Performance Artists, Canberra School of Art, Canberra, 8 – 10 October, curator Ingo Kleinert
1981 The First Australian Sculpture Triennial, Preston Institute of Technology and La Trobe University, Melbourne, 28 February – 12 April, Director Tom McCullough
Australian Perspecta 1981: A Biennial Survey of Contemporary Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 May – 21 June, curator Bernice Murphy
Survey 15: Relics and Rituals, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 17 July – 13 September, curator Robert Lindsay
ANZART: Australia New Zealand Art Encounter, Canterbury University and Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, 17–30 August, curator Ian Hunter
Artists’ Photographs, Crown Point Press Gallery, Oakland, California, curator Tom Marioni (catalogue issued as VISION #5)
Second International Drawing Triennial, Museum of History, Wroclaw, Poland,
30 November 1981 – 15 February 1982, curator Natalia LL
1980 Performance Week, Carclew House, Adelaide, 23 – 28 March for Adelaide Festival of the Arts, curator Noel Sheridan
XXXIX Biennale di Venezia, Giardini, Venice, Australian Art, curators Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, June – October,
Videotapes dall’Australia, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice, 23–31 July, curators Anna Canepa, Bernice Murphy, Stephen Jones
Self Portrait/Self Image, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne, July – August, together with Australian Gallery Directors' Council Tour 1980–81, curator Janine Burke
Project 30: Some Recent Australian Videotapes, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, curators Bernice Murphy, Stephen Jones
1979 Third Biennale of Sydney: European Dialogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 April – 27 May, curator Nick Waterlow
Videotapes from Australia, Australian Gallery Directors' Council exhibition tour, The Kitchen Center for Video and Music, New York; Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Video Inn, Vancouver, curators Bernice Murphy, Stephen Jones
Contemporary Australian Art, Franklin Furnace, New York; Roads Gallery, New York; Chicago Art Institute, Chicago; Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, curator Jill Scott
1978 Österreichischer Kunstverein Performance Art Festival, Vienna, February
Act 1: An Exhibition of Performance and Participatory Art, Australian National University Arts Centre, Canberra, 4–12 November, curator Ingo Kleinert
Artists’ Books: Book Works, George Paton Gallery, The University of Melbourne, 5–22 September, and touring to Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Franklin Furnace, New York, curator of Australian additions to American show, Noel Sheridan
1977 10th biennale de paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 17 September – 1 November, general curator Georges Boudaille; performance curator Tommaso Trini
1976 Post-Object Art in Australia and New Zealand: A Survey, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 5–30 May, curators Noel Sheridan, Jim Allen
1975 Survival Kits, Ewing and George Paton Galleries, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 2–20 June
Documents, Film, Video, Performance, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, curator Jennifer Phipps
Project 9: Documents, Film, Video, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 November – 14 December, curator Jennifer Phipps
1974 Concepts, Contemporary Art Society Gallery, Adelaide, 9–30 March
1973 Artists’ Books, Philadelphia Museum of Art, curator Lucy Lippard
Recent Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 October –18 November, curators Frances Lindsay, Daniel Thomas
1972 Action, Film, Video, Galerie Impact Lausanne, Switzerland
Summer Festival Exhibition, Galerie Sum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1971 The Situation Now, Contemporary Art Society, Central Street Gallery, Sydney
John Kaldor Art Project 2: Szeemann: I want to leave a nice well done child here (20 Australian Artists), Bonython Gallery, Sydney, 29 April – 13 May; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, June, curator Harald Szeemann
1970 Contemporary Art Society Annual Exhibition, David Jones Gallery, Sydney

AWARDS
Sponsor’s Prize, Sapporo 4th International Print Biennale 1997, 1–16 April 1998
1998 Lowenstein Sharp Arts 21 Fellowship
Awards
Sponsor’s Prize, Sapporo 4th International Print Biennale 1997, 1–16 April 1998
1998 Lowenstein Sharp Arts 21 Fellowship

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
1971 Mike Parr, 'Shadow piece' John Kaldor Art Project 2: Harald Szeeman in Australia, 14–27/4/72 (sic 1971), catalogue publisher John Kaldor
Terry Smith, Donald Brook, Noel Hutchinson, Bruce Pollard, Mike Parr, Peter Kennedy (introductions and interviews) in The Situation Now: Object or Post-Object Art?, Contemporary Art Society, One Central Street, Sydney, 1971
1973 Donald Brook, ‘Idea Demonstrations: Body Art and 'Video Freaks' in Sydney’, Studio International, vol. 185, no. 956, June 1973, London
Lucy Lippard (ed.), Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972, New York, Praeger, 1973
1974 Terry Smith, 'The Provincial Problem', Artforum, September 1974, New York
1975 Mike Parr, ‘Other dimensions’, interview by Rudi Krausmann, Aspect, spring (September) 1975, Sydney
Patrick McCaughey, ‘Art and sanctuary’, Aspect, spring (September) 1975, Sydney
1976 Mike Parr, ‘ABASEX to ZYMASEX (Homage to Sigmund Freud)’, Art and Australia, vol. 13, no. 4, April – June 1976, Sydney
Mike Parr, ‘Three questions’, Aspect, vol. 2, no. 1, 1976, Sydney
Mike Parr, ‘Rules & displacement activities: Problems of socialisation’, Data, no. 26, December 1976, Milan
1977 Tommaso Trini, ‘Domani L’Australia (Australia Next)’, Data, no. 26, April – June 1977, Milan
1978 Mike Parr, ‘Notes on recent work’, Flash Art, no. 80–81, February – April 1978, Milan
Michael Nicholson, ‘Status Quo’, Aspect, vol. 3, no. 3, July 1978, Sydney
Mike Parr, ‘Beyond the pale – reflections on performance art’, Aspect, vol. 3, no. 4, 1978, Sydney
Elwyn Lynn, 'Letter from Australia', Art International, vol. 22, no. 5–6, September Lugarno, 1978
Graeme Sturgeon, 'The Development of Australian Sculpture', Thames and Hudson, London, 1978
Paul McGillick, 'Performance art: Some sceptical reflections'; Terry Smith, 'Private art and public work', in Act 1: An Exhibition of Performance and Participatory Art, Canberra, Arts Council of Australia, ACT Division
1979 Mike Parr (statement), The Third Biennale of Sydney: European Dialogue, catalogue, 1979
Mike Parr, ‘Interstices 1–6 (Theatre of Self Correction)’, Flash Art, no. 90–91, Milan, 1979
Nick Waterlow, Third Biennale of Sydney: European Dialogue, Flash Art, no. 90–91, Milan, 1979
Mike Parr, ‘Parallel fictions: The Third Biennale of Sydney’, Art & Australia, vol. 17, no. 2, summer (December) 1979
1980 Mike Parr, ‘Notes on the Structure of Content Black Box: The Theatre of Self Correction Parts 1 & 2’, Venice Biennale 1980: Art from 1968–1980 Australia: Mike Parr, Kevin Mortensen, Tony Coleing, Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Sydney, 1980; also in general catalogue published by Biennale di Venezia
Janine Burke, 'Taken at face value: Self portraits and self images', introduction to Self Portrait/Self Image, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne, together with Australian Gallery Directors' Council tour
1980 Jennifer Phipps, 'Films by artists', Art &Australia, vol. 18, no. 1, spring (September), Sydney, 1980
Mike Parr, ‘Robert Owen’s “Apposition”’, Sydney, September 1980’, Aspect, vol. 5, no. 3, 1980
1981 Suzi Gablik, ‘A report from Australia’, Art in America, vol. 69, no.1, January 1981, Marion, Ohio; also in Art & Australia, vol. 18, no. 4, winter (June), Sydney, 1981
Mike Parr, First Australian Sculpture Triennial, Preston Institute of Technology, Melbourne, 1981
1981 Bernice Murphy, Australian Perspecta 1981: A Biennial Survey of Contemporary Australian Art, catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1981
Mike Parr, ‘The teeth of Ophion’, Survey 15: Relics and Rituals, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1981
Mike Parr, ‘Parapraxis II: Donkey’s Blood (Evolution towards Silence and Absence); Pater Physics Number 1 (From Eight Atomic Personages Face the Sun), 1981’, Plain Images, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 1981
1982 Nancy Underhill, Ian Burn, Paul Taylor, catalogue, Eureka! Artists from Australia, London, ICA/Arts Council, 1982
4th Biennale of Sydney: Vision in Disbelief, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1982
Mike Parr, ‘Sydney Biennale review’, Flash Art, Milan, June 1982
Mike Parr, ‘Glossolalia/Stroke: The Art of Dale Frank, Part 1’, introduction to Dale Frank, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, July 1982
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