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Robert Klippel, Birchgrove, Sydney, 1969 (printed 2000)

David Moore

gelatin silver photograph

Robert Klippel AO (1920-2001) was the most significant sculptor Australia has yet produced. He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1939, and spent the war constructing model aircraft and ships designed to educate his fellow-servicemen in the recognition of enemy craft. After the war he studied sculpture in Sydney and London, and his 'assemblages' - sculptures that combined mechanical objects with organic materials - attracted enthusiasm in Europe. Klippel moved to the USA in 1957, and spent a decade teaching sculpture there. He then returned to Sydney, where he lived and worked until his death. In 2001 alone he made more than thirty sculptures. He was collaborating on a major retrospective show of his works when he died on his 81st birthday.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Accession number: 2001.144

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

David Moore (age 42 in 1969)

Robert Klippel AO (age 49 in 1969)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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