Four Chairs W, V, X, T 1980 [W/P]

Four Chairs W, V, X, T 1980 [W_P]#E246

Synthetic polymer paint on paper: 83.5 x 41.6 irreg. [‘W’]; 83.6 x 41.4 irreg. [‘V’]; 83.2 x 41.4 irreg. [‘X’]; 76.4 x 41.4 irreg. [‘T’] (each on backing 100.2 x 70.8)

signed, dated and titled [on reverse of each sheet: ‘Chair Series / Title: [W, etc.] / Size [no entry] / Medium: Acrylic on paper / Date: 1980 / Howard Arkley / (Note: To be hung in following order – W, V, X, T)’]

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra [84.1557.1-4]: details as above

Shown in Canberra in 1983 and in HA Monash 1991 as ‘W, V, X, T (Four chairs)’, these works on paper are obviously closely related to the four chairs in Muzak Mural – Chair Tableau (1980-81) [3/M]. The photo here shows the series as exhibited at Monash in 1991.

The photo in Spray 54, identified as ‘Isometric Chair’ 1980, is actually the red chair from this set.

Provenance

  • acquired by NGA 1984

Exhibited

  • NGA 7/83 (‘A Melbourne Mood’): as ‘W,V,X,T (Four chairs)’, 1980-81
  • HA Monash 1991, cat.30: as ‘W,V,X,T (Four chairs)’, each 91.5 x 56.5

Literature

  • Carnival Fig.2.11 (Monash 1991 installation photo, including these works)
  • as noted above, the photo in Spray 54 is actually one of these works (‘W’)