Peter Cripps

Image: Peter Cripps (right), “Freon”, 1972, angle iron, cast aluminium, canvas, stainless steel and rope. Peter Cole (left), “Untitled”, 1974. Image from the ‘Ewing Gallery Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition’ catalogue, 1974. University of Melbourne Archives, George Paton Gallery collection 1990.0144, Unit 31. Photograph: Suzanne Davies. (Courtesy, Suzanne Davies).

Acclaimed Australian artist, curator, gallery director and academic Peter Cripps was associated with The Ewing and George Paton galleries from their earliest days. Today Cripps is represented by the Anna Schwartz Gallery in Melbourne and has an extensive career in exhibiting and curating. His work  is in many collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australian National Gallery, Canberra and most State galleries in Australia.  The Ewing and George Paton Gallery helped launch Peter Cripps’ career in the 1970’s when he participated in and curated numerous group and solo exhibitions.

The Ewing and George Paton Galleries collection contains correspondence with gallery directors, exhibition catalogues, essays, posters, photographs and slides.  Correspondence with directors Kiffy Rubbo and Meredith Rogers in the 1970’s illustrates Cripps’ enthusiasm and professionalism for his career; the warm, intimate, and often humorous exchanges he had with these women indicate his deep involvement and support for both counter-culture and the gallery.

Cementing his stature as a significant Australian artist  Peter Cripps is included in the fantastic Less is More, group exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, exploring the late modernist movements of Minimal and Post-Minimal art from the 1960s until now. The exhibition includes works by over 30 Australian artists alongside key American Minimal works by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and others.

Less is More currently showing at Heide Museum of Modern Art until 4 November 2012.

The George Paton Gallery Archive is currently being listed for online, searchable access early in 2013.  See University of Melbourne Archives Catalogue, and Home page for more information.

Peter Cripps is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

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