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Multidisciplinary artist and seminal figure in contemporary Australian abstraction, John Nixon, will present 80–150 new works for his institutional-scale exhibition, GROUPS & PAIRS 2016 – 2020 which opens 21 March until 24 April at Anna Schwartz Gallery. Concurrently, Alpha60 will screen a performance video by John Nixon in the window of their store on Flinders Lane.

Since 1968 Nixon’s work has been dedicated to the on-going experimentation, analysis and development of radical modernism, minimalism, the monochrome, constructivism, non-objective art and the readymade, which are key reference points in his work.

Experimental Painting Workshop (EPW) which began in 1978, forms the basis of Nixon’s, rigorous and long standing intellectual investigation into the making of art, which over time has expanded to encompass painting, collage, photography, video and experimental music performance.

John Nixon, born Sydney, 1949, lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, has recently held solo exhibitions at the Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst Otterndorf, Otterndorf and the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland. He has also been included in 38 group exhibitions including: ICONS/Non Objects, Mikhail Bulgakov Museum, Kiev; RNPG – COPENHAGEN, OK Corral, Copenhagen; Unfinished/Finished, Stiftung fur Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen; The Infinite Loop, PS Amsterdam, Amsterdam and On the Subject of the Ready Made, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin.

John Nixon represented Australia at Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany in 1982. His works are held in all major state museum collections in Australia and selected international public collections include: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum Sztuki, Lodz; Foire National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Stiftung fur Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen; The Artists Museum, Lodz; Herning Kunstmuseumm, Denmark; DaimlerChrysler Collection, Berlin; Kunstmuseum Esberg, Denmark and Espace d’Art Contemporain, Demigny.

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