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IMANTS TILLERS
Born 1950, Sydney

Imants Tillers was a student at The University of Sydney when he participated with Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the Wrapped Coast project at Little Bay, Sydney. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Architecture Degree (Hons) and the University Medal in 1973, the year of his first solo exhibition at Watters Gallery. In 1975, Tillers was included in the XIII Bienal de São Paulo.

Since the early 1980s, Imants Tillers has worked almost exclusively on a program of works comprising small individual canvasboards, conceived as part of his major opus, The Book of Power – an ongoing hybrid sequence of appropriations, the core motivation of which is to invert the outmoded, if still prevailing order of centre to province, coloniser to colony, overlord to underdog, and to assert the artist’s identity.

Widely regarded within Australia as the most important artist of his generation, with representation in the Biennale of Sydney (1979, 1986, 1988) and Australian Perspecta (1981, 1987–89), Imants Tillers has been represented in major international exhibitions, including Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany (1982) and the 42nd Biennale of Venice (1986). Tillers’s work has also been represented at such prestigious venues as the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Los Angeles County Museum, US; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK; the National Museum of Seoul, Korea; Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen; and London’s Serpentine Gallery.

Major solo survey exhibitions of Tillers’s work have been presented at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1988); the National Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ (1989); the National Art Museum, Riga, Latvia (1993); the Pori Art Museum, Finland (1995); the Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey, Mexico (1999–2000); and the National Gallery of Australia (2006).

Imants Tillers’s awards and commissions include the Dome of the Federation Pavilion, Centennial Park, Sydney (1985–87); the Founding Donors Commission, entrance lobby, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1991); and The Attractor and Eight Women, Sydney Olympic Park (2002). Principal among his international awards are Japan’s Osaka Triennale Grand Prize (1993) and the inaugural Beijing International Art Biennale Prize for Excellence (2003).

Tillers has an extensive bibliography, including the Wystan Curnow publication, Imants Tillers and the ‘Book of Power’ (Craftsman House, G+B Art International, 1998); Graham Coulter-Smith’s, The Postmodern Art of Imants Tillers: Appropriation ‘en abyme’, 1971–2001 (London, 2002); The Oxford History of Western Art (OUP, 2000) and The 20th Century Art Book (Phaidon, London, 1996).

BIOGRAPHY
1969–1972 Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Hons), University of Sydney, graduated with First Class Honours and University Medal
1976 Cité Internationale des Arts Residency, Paris; Owen Tooth Cottage Residency, Vence
1977–83 Lecturer, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
2001 Visiting Fellow, Fine Art Research Centre, Southampton Institute, UK
Co-curator with Marketta Seppala, Empathy: Beyond the Horizon, Pori Art Museum, Finland
Appointed Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2003 Awarded the Prize for Excellence by the Organising Committee of the First Beijing International Art Biennale, China
2005 Awarded a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney
2006 Major solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, curated by Deborah Hart
Currently lives and works in Cooma

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 one world / many visions, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2005 Land Beyond Goodbye, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2004 Local Knowledge, Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre, Cooma, NSW
Transmissions: From here and there, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
Imants Tillers, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2003 Imants Tillers: Recent Works, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Imants Tillers, Australian Art Resources, Melbourne
2002 ARCO, Madrid (Greenaway Art Gallery)
Not yet post-Aboriginal, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Chapman Gallery, Canberra
Melbourne Art Fair (Span Galleries)
2000 Imants Tillers, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
Imants Tillers, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1999–2000 Towards Infinity: Works by Imants Tillers, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Monterrey, Mexico
1999 Not yet post-Aboriginal, Span Galleries, Melbourne
Nature Speaks, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Home Visitation, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1998 Prayer for Rain, Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre, Cooma, NSW
A Monumental Tribute, (Imants Tillers 1997 Lowenstein Sharp Arts 21 Fellow), Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne
1997 The Enigma of Arrival, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1996 Imants Tillers, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
1995 Via Paradiso, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Melbourne
Diaspora in Context: Connections in a Fragmented World. Imants Tillers makes a painting by Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Bernhard Blume, Carlo Carra, Giorgio de Chirico, Mike Kelley, Vytautas Landsbergis, Colin McCahon, Arnulf Rainer, Nicholas Roerich and Isidore Tillers, Pori Art Museum, Finland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand; Waikato Museum and Art Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand
1994 Diaspora, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Telepathic Music, Michael Milburn Gallery, Brisbane
Jump, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1993 Diaspora, National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
Five Pollock Paintings, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington
1992 A Life of Blank, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart; Monash University Gallery, Melbourne; Orange Regional Gallery, NSW; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
1989 Bess Cutler Gallery, New York
Imants Tillers: 19301, National Art Gallery, Wellington; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
1988 Imants Tillers: 1978–1988, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; The Third Eye Gallery, Glasgow; Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland
1987 Paintings for Venice: Australia at the 42nd Venice Biennale, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Australian Appropriations: The Recent Paintings of Imants Tillers, Vollum Center Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Bess Cutler Gallery, New York
Galerie Susan Wyss, Zurich
1986 42nd Venice Biennale, Australian Pavilion, Corderie at the Arsenale, Venice
1985 Bess Cutler Gallery, New York
1984 Bess Cutler Gallery, New York
1982 The Church and The Cross (with John Nixon), n-space, Kassel, Germany
1983 White Aborigines, Matt's Gallery, London
1980 Survey 13: Imants Tillers, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1978 Have you ever been taken the same way?, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1974 Link Exhibition (No. 1): Still Life 2, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
1973 Moments of Inertia, Watters Gallery, Sydney

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 Prelude (with Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Robert Owen and Jacky Redgate), ARC One Gallery, Melbourne
2006 2006: The Year in Art, S.H Ervin Gallery, National Trust Centre, Sydney
Prism: Contemporary Australian Art, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo
2006 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne
Poor Yorick, Virginia Wilson Art, Sydney
15th Biennale of Sydney: Zones of Contact, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2005 Arts de la Table, ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
A Partial View: Australian Art in he UWA Art Collection, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth
Shoosh! A History of the Campfire Group, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Unscripted: Language in Contemporary Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Pitch Your Own Tent: Art Projects / Store 5 / First Floor, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
A Sense of Place, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Yarra Valley, Melbourne
2004 One Of: Festivus 04, Sherman Galleries, Sydney ANU Art Collection: Acquisitions from the Last Ten Years, ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
Sharjah Project: Artcard, Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates
Shanghai Art Fair, Australian Art Resources, Melbourne
The Joseph Brown Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Imants Tillers, John Nixon and Louise Forthun, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney
Landscape in Me: Windows on Australian Art, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2003 MCA Unpacked II, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
First Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, China (Prize for Excellence)
Intergrafia: World Award Winners Gallery, International Print Triennale, Krakow, Poland
Empathy: Beyond the Horizon, Artspace, Sydney
Austral–Asia Zero Three, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Synergies: A Fusion Event, Australian National University, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
Fieldwork, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Bushfire, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2002 Kunst Nach Kunst (Art After Art), Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany,
18 August – 3 November
The Big River Show, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Lines II, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane
Deeper Places, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
Mindscapes, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
Discomfort, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane
2001 Bennet Nain Parr Tillers, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, 23 November –
21 December
Osaka Triennale 2001, Osaka, Japan (Silver Prize)
A studio in Paris: Australian artists at the Cité Internationale des Arts 1967–2000, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Art Chicago 2001, Chicago, Illinois
Empatia (Empathy: Beyond the Horizon), Pori Art Museum, Finland
MCA Unpacked, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
A Selection of Important Twentieth Century Australian and New Zealand Paintings, Martin Browne Fine Art, Potts Point, 20 March – 22 April
7th NICAF: International Contemporary Art Festival 2001 Tokyo, Tokyo International Forum, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 28 March – 1 April
Group Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, 28 February – 17 March
ARCO 01, Greenaway Art Gallery, Madrid
2000 Art & Furniture, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
From Appreciation to Appropriation: Indigenous Influences and Images in Australian Art, Flinders Art Museum, Adelaide (2000 Telstra Adelaide Festival), 3–19 March
1999 1999 Visy Board Art Prize, Richmond Grove Winery, Tanunda, South Australia
Parr Sachs Tillers Young, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange
Seven Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Art Chicago 1999 Art Fair, Chicago, United States of America
home and away, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
The Rose Crossing: Contemporary Art in Australia, Sherman Galleries touring exhibition, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth; S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1998 Landscape, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
Expanse, Art Museum, University of South Australia, Adelaide
Ways of Being, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Five Continents and a City, International Salon of Painting, Mexico City Museum, Mexico City
1997 Objects and Ideas Reinventing Minimalism, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Anon, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Summer Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Tokyo International Art Festival, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
In Place (Out of Time): Contemporary Art in Australia, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
1996–97 The Century in Art. The Spirit in Australia 1880–1996, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1996 Systems End: Contemporary Art in Australia, OXY Gallery, Osaka; Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo; Dong-Ah Gallery, Seoul; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
The John Kaldor Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Colonial Post Colonial, Museum of Modern Art, Heide, Melbourne
The World Over/Under Capricorn: Art in the Age of Globalisation, City Gallery, Wellington; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Perception and Perspective, Next Wave Festival, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Rosalie Gascoigne, Robert MacPherson, Jacky Redgate, Rover Thomas, Imants Tillers: Some works from their present and their past, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Osaka Painting Triennale, Osaka Mydome, Osaka
Imants Tillers, Tracey Moffatt, Dale Frank, Geoff Lowe, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Melbourne
12th Biennial Prints Acquisitive Exhibition, Mornington Peninsula Gallery
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery
Greg Weight Artists' Portraits, Manly Art Gallery and Museum
1995 Antipodean Currents: Ten Contemporary Artists from Australia, Guggenheim Museum, New York; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
Australian Art 1940–1990. From the Collection of the National Gallery of Australia, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
Smorgon Collection of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Text and Art, Logan Art Gallery, Logan City, Queensland
1994 25 Years of Performance Art in Australia, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
Valsts, Soros Centre for Contemporary Arts, Riga, Latvia
Virtual Reality, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Un/Peeled Art, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat
Humanism and Technology: The Human Figure in Industrial Society, National Art Museum, Seoul
Osaka Print Triennale, Mydome, Osaka
Sweet Damper and Gossip: Colonial Sightings from the Goulburn and North East, Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla
Looking at Seeing and Reading, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne
Faces of Hope – Amnesty International, Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Prime TV Painting Prize (winner), Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle
Photosynthesis, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1993 Imants Tillers, John Young, Dale Frank, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Commitments, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Artspace, Sydney
The Eye, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Shaman Summer in Finland, Aineen Taidemuseo, Tornio
Osaka Painting Triennale, Osaka, Japan (awarded Grand Prize)
Identities: Art from Australia, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taipei, Taiwan; Wollongong City Art Gallery, Wollongong
Installation and Objecthood, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney; Michael Milburn, Brisbane; Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
Looking at Seeing and Reading, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, Sydney; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
1992 Light Sensitive, Artspace, Auckland
Imants Tillers, Colin McCahon, Charles Tole, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington
The Living Mandala, Access Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1991 Tokyo International Art Show, Tokyo
Porkkana Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Preview Exhibition, Bess Cutler Gallery, Santa Monica
Opening Transformations, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Cologne Art Fair, Cologne
1990 Information, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco
Balance 1990, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Institute of Contemporary Arts Sotheby's Benefit Auction, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, Marlene Eleni, Nicola Jacobs, Victoria Miro, London
Fluctua, Art Dock, Noumea, New Caledonia
L'été Australien à Montpellier, Musée Fabre, Montpellier
The Complex Picture, College Gallery, South Australian College of Advanced Education, Adelaide
Art From Australia: Eight Contemporary Views, Gedung Seni Rupa Nasional, Jakarta; National Art Gallery, Bangkok; Metropolitan Museum of Manila; National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpa; National Gallery, Singapore
Shifting Parameters, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Inland, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Osaka Painting Triennale '90, Mydome Osaka, Osaka
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Blaxland Gallery, Melbourne
1989 After McCahon, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland
American Pi(e), Bess Cutler Gallery, New York
The Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Freestyle: Australian Art 1960s to Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Porkkana Collection, The Old Student House, Helsinki; Titanik Galeria, Turku; The Art Museum of Hyvinkaa; The Art Museum of Mikkeli; The Art Museum of Kuopio
1988 Australian Biennale, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Redux: Michael Bidlo, Sherrie Levine, Doug Heubler, Phillip Taaffe, Richard Pettibone, Imants Tillers, Maloney Gallery, Los Angeles
A Changing Relationship – Aboriginal Themes in Australian Art 1938–1988,
S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Italo Scanga, Imants Tillers, Robin Winters, Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Los Angeles
Pro Museum of Contemporary Art Collection in Finland, Vanhan Galleries, Helsinki
The Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Westpac Gallery, Melbourne
Images of Religion in Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Creating Australia: 200 Years of Art 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
Edge to Edge: Australian Contemporary Art to Japan, Museum of Art, Osaka; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo
Advance Australian Painting, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland
Stories of Australian Art, Commonwealth Institute, London
1987 Modern Art since 1984, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Avant Garde in the Eighties, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles
Australia: Art and the West, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Painters and Sculptors: Diversity in Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
Field to Figuration: Australian Art 1960–1986, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Australian Bicentennial Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Wurttembergische Kunstverein, Stuttgart
Hybrid Products, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto
Heroics, Walter Philips Gallery, The Banff Centre, School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada
State of the Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1986 Contemporary Issues III: Works from the Collection of Robert and Nancy Kaye, Holman Hall Art Gallery, Trenton State College, New Jersey
6th Biennale of Sydney: Origins, Originality and Beyond, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Investigations, McIntosh-Drysdale, Washington, DC
When Attitudes Become Form, Bess Cutler Gallery, New York (with Richard Artschwager, Jennifer Bolande, Steven Parrino, Allen Ruppersburg, Philip Taaffe, Julia Wachtel and others)
Group Show, Stavaridis Gallery, Boston
1985 Production: Re-Production, Gallery 345, New York
Two Worlds Collide: Cultural Convergence in Aboriginal and White Australian Art, Artspace, Sydney
Dot and Circle: A Retrospective Survey of the Aboriginal Acrylic Paintings of the Western Desert, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Gallery, Melbourne
Group Show, Svetlana Achatz, Munich
Little Works by Big Thinkers, Bess Cutler Gallery, New York
Still Life, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Seeing is Believing: Travelling Art Exhibition 1985, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1984 Form>Image An Australian Accent: P.S.1, New York; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth;
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Accents/Expressions, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Synthetic Art, Harm Bouckaert Gallery, New York
New Work, Bess Cutler Gallery, New York
1983 Project 40: Australian Artists at Venice and Kassel, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Masterpieces: Out of the Seventies, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne
Tall Poppies: An Exhibition of Five Pictures, University Gallery, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne
Recent Australian Painting: A Survey 1970–1983, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
VOX POP: Into the Eighties, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
George Baldessin: Sculpture and Etchings: A Memorial Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Tribute to Mervyn Horton, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1982 Eureka! Artists from Australia, Serpentine Gallery, London; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Popism, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany
1981 Australian Perspecta 1981: A Biennial Survey of Contemporary Australian Art,
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
John McCaughey Memorial Prize (winning entry), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Three Rejected Entries: Wynne, Sulman and Archibald Prizes, Art Projects, Melbourne
The Beacon, n-space at Cremorne Point, Sydney
Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt
1979 The Work and its Context, Australian Embassy, Paris
3rd Biennale of Sydney: European Dialogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1978 Artists' Books: Book Works, Ewing and George Paton Gallery, The University of Melbourne; Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Franklin Furnace,
New York
1976 Post-Object Art in Australia and New Zealand, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
1975 The Phillip Morris Arts Grant, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
13th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil
Conversations with the Bride (South American tour of Australian works in Bienal de São Paulo)
1974 Gifts from Patrick White, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
The Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1973 Object and Idea, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Sculpturescape'73 (Fifth Mildura Sculpture Triennial), Mildura
Recent Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1970 Contemporary Art Society Annual Exhibition, The Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
1969 Wrapped Coast (with Christo), Little Bay, Sydney

MAJOR COMMISSIONS
2003 Two custom-made rugs, City of Sydney Council Chamber, Sydney
(collaboration with Alec Tzannes)
The Attractor and Eight Women, Overflow Park, Sydney Olympic Park,
New South Wales (collaboration with Alec Tzannes)
1991 Founding Donors Commission, entrance lobby, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1990–92 Heritage 200, National Library of Australia, Canberra
(collaboration with Alec Tzannes)
1985–87 The Dome of the Federation Pavilion, Centennial Park, Sydney
(collaboration with Alec Tzannes)

AWARDS
2005 Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa), University of New South Wales, Sydney
2003 Award for Excellence, First Beijing International Art Biennale, China
2001 Silver Prize, Osaka Triennale 2001, Japan
1999 First Prize, 1999 Visy Board Art Prize, Barossa, South Australia
1996 SCEGGS Redlands Inaugural Prize, Sydney
Bronze Prize, Osaka Painting Triennial, Osaka Triennial, Japan
1994 First Prize, Prime Painting Prize, Newcastle
Sakai City Prize, Osaka Print Triennial, Osaka Triennial, Japan
1993 Grand Prize, Osaka Painting Triennial, Osaka Triennial, Japan

FILM AND TELEVISION
1990 Es Esmu Latvietis, Riga Film Studio, Riga, Director – Ansis Epners
1987 L'Object d'Art a l'Age Electronique, La SEPT, Paris, Director – Geoff Dunlop
1987 State of the Art: Ideas and Images in the 80s, Channel Four Television, London
Producer – John Wyver

COLLECTIONS
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Monash University Collection, Melbourne
Museum of Modern Art at Heide Collection, Melbourne
Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle
Australian Print Collection, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Wollongong City Art Gallery, New South Wales
High Court of Australia Collection, Canberra
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand
Australian Embassy, Paris
Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand
MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey, Mexico
Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
National Gallery of New Zealand, Wellington
National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
Osaka Cultural Foundation, Japan
Pori Art Museum, Finland
Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York
Bell Resources Collection, New York
Barossa Collection, South Australia
Michael Darling Collection, Sydney
Prudential Insurance Company Collection, New York
Lila and Gilbert Silverman Collection, Detroit
The Loti and Victor Smorgon Collection, Melbourne
Sussan Corporation Collection, Melbourne
Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Melbourne
Westpac Corporate Art Collection, Sydney

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Books
Sandy Nairne, State of the Art: Ideas and Images of the 1980s, Chatto & Windus, London,
in collaboration with Channel Four Television, 1987
The Twentieth Century Art Book, Phaidon, London, 1996
Michael Archer, Art since 1960, Thames & Hudson, London, 1997
Christopher Allen, Art in Australia: From Colonisation to Postmodernism, Thames & Hudson, London, 1997
Martin Kemp (ed.), The Oxford History of Western Art, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000
Wystan Curnow, Imants Tillers and the ‘Book of Power’, Craftsman House, G+B Arts International, Sydney, 1998
Andrew Sayers, Australian Art, Oxford History of Art Series, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001
Graham Coulter-Smith, The Postmodern Art of Imants Tillers: Appropriation ‘en abyme’, 1971–2001, Fine Art Research Centre, Southampton Institute with Paul Holberton Publishing, London, 2002
Caroline Turner (ed.), Art and Social Change: Contemporary Art in Asia and the Pacific, Pandanus Books, Canberra, 2005
Laura Murray Cree (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House, Melbourne, 2006
Rex Butler (ed.), Radical Revisionism: An Anthology of Writings on Australian Art, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2006

Monographic Catalogues
Imants Tillers, 91 Missing Works, Sydney, 1973
Charles Merewether and Imants Tillers, Imants Tillers, George Baldessin: XIII Bienal de São Paulo, The Visual Arts and Crafts Board of the Australia Council, Sydney, 1975
Brian Lindman, Have you ever been taken the same way?, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, 1978
Imants Tillers and Noel Sheridan, Rendezvous with Configuration P, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 1978
Imants Tillers, Fifty-two displacements, one year's work 1979, n-space, Sydney, 1980
Peter Myers, Imants Tillers: Survey 13, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1980
Imants Tillers, Three Facts, Double Vision, Melbourne, 1981
Imants Tillers, One Painting, One Horizon, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1982
Paul Taylor, Imants Tillers: White Aborigines, Matt's Gallery, London, 1983
John Nixon and Imants Tillers, One Painting with Many Titles, Art Projects, Melbourne, 1983
Arakawa, Daniel Thomas, Vivien Johnson and Imants Tillers, Imants Tillers: Venice Biennale 1986, The Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Sydney and Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 1986
John S. Weber, Australian Appropriations: The Recent Paintings of Imants Tillers, Reed College Art Associates, Portland, Oregon, 1987
Iwona Blazwick, Michael Newman, Jennifer Slatyer and Paul Foss, Imants Tillers: Works 1978–1988, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, 1988
Jennifer Harper, Imants Tillers 19301, National Art Gallery, Wellington, 1989
Bernice Murphy, Rene Daumal, John Young and Imants Tillers, Imants Tillers: One Painting, Cleaving, Wollongong City Art Gallery, Wollongong, 1990
Mary Eagle, Imants Tillers: Poem of Ecstasy, Deutscher Brunswick Street, Melbourne, 1990
Charles Merewether, Towards Infinity: Works by Imants Tillers, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico, 1999
Michael Eather (ed.), SHOOSH! The History of the Campfire Group, Institute of Modern Art and the Campfire Group, Brisbane, 2005

Comprehensive bibliography available on request

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