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Bruce Pollard 2, 1979, 1979 (printed 2012)

Robert Rooney

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 24.0 cm x 35.2 cm, image: 20.0 cm x 30.5 cm)

Bruce Pollard (b. 1936), gallerist, established the Pinocotheca Gallery in a St Kilda mansion in 1967, and relocated it to an old hat factory in Richmond in 1970. In the winter of that year, Peter Booth, Dale Hickey, Robert Hunter and Robert Rooney were some of the artists represented in a group show of large works at Pinocotheca; Paul Partos showed there later. Similar in sensibility and physical space to a New York SoHo loft, the gallery showed artists interested in post-object, conceptual and other non-traditional art forms. Aside from Legge and Watters in Sydney, it was the only gallery in Australia showing experimental work in the late 1960s and 1970s. Amongst the more than 300 artists who showed there were Rosalie Gascoigne, James Gleeson, Bill Henson, Tim Johnson, Tony Tuckson and Stelarc. Purposely, there was little documentation accompanying exhibitions.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012
© Estate of Robert Rooney

Accession number: 2012.93

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Robert Rooney (age 42 in 1979)

Bruce Pollard (age 43 in 1979)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.