Ian Burn

 

Born 1939, Geelong, Victoria. Lived and worked in Sydney, New South Wales.

Recipient of 2018 MCA and Tate International Joint Acquisition Program for contemporary Australian Art



Selected exhibitions

2018

In site: Process, Performance, Documentation, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane\

The Field Revisited, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2017

Less than, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane

2016

Sugar Spin: You, me, art and everything, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

A Device for Measuring, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

1969: The Blackbox of Conceptual Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1979, Tate Britain, London


2015

Propositions Part Three, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

1969: The Blackbox of Conceptual Art, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane

London Works, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Hotel Theory, REDCAT, Los Angeles

Writing Art, Artspace, Sydney


2014-15

Remain in Light: Photography from the Collections, Museum of Contemporary Art touring exhibition, Ipswich Art 

Gallery, Ipswich; Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo; Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland; Bendigo Art 

Gallery, Bendigo; Artspace Mackay, Mackay; and Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor


2013

Xerography, Firstsite, Colchester, Essex

Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne

NEW 2013, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

1969: The Black Box of Conceptual Art, University of Sydney Art Museum, Sydney

Born to Concrete, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Minimal/Conceptual, Milani Gallery, Brisbane


2012

Propositions, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Materialising ‘Six Years’: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York

Less is More: Minimal and Post-minimal art in Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

Volume One: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney


2010

Change, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne

100 Years: Highlights from the University of Queensland Art Collection, University of Queensland Art Museum, 

Brisbane

Cubism & Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne


2009

Mirror Mirror: Then and now, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane


2006

Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples from the Collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of 

Wollongong, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Wild Thang: Post-Pop from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury

The Second Hand, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane


2005

1967: Selected works from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney


2002

Office Display, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney


1999

MCA Collection: Violent Landscapes, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney


1995-96

1965–75: reconsidering the object of art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

A blast from the past, Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong


1995

Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1968, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


1993

Donation Vicky Remy I, une idee of l’art dans les années 70, la rigueur et la rupture, Musee d’Art Moderne de 

Saint-Etienne, France

Out of sight, out of mind, Lisson Gallery, London

Looking at seeing and reading, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Australian 

Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 

Collaborations, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

A different view, Queensland regional galleries


1992

Ian Burn: minimal-conceptual work 1965-1970, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Monash University Gallery,

Melbourne; Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart (1993); Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

(1993)


1991

Off the wall in the air: a seventies selection, Monash University Gallery and Australian Centre for Contemporary

Art, Melbourne


1990

8th Biennale of Sydney: the readymade boomerang, Sydney

Now see hear!, Wellington City Art Gallery, Wellington


1989

Prints & Australia: pre-settlement to present, Australian National Gallery (now National Gallery of Australia),

Canberra

Art & Language (1966–1974), Galerie Sylvana Lorenz, Paris

L’internationale situationiste 1957–1972, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Inside the Greenhouse, Tinsheds Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney

L’Art Conceptuel, une perspective, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Fondation Caja de

Pensiones, Madrid; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; and Musee d’Art Contemporain, Montreal


1988

Survey, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

Towers of torture, Tinsheds Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney


1987

In print: Vol 1: artists books, Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sydney


1986

Close remarks, Artspace, Sydney


1983

A Melbourne mood: cool contemporary art, Australian National Gallery (now National Gallery of Australia),

Canberra


1980

Printed art: a view of two decades, Museum of Modern Art, New York


1977

Words, a look at the use of language in art 1967–1977, Whitney Museum, New York

Illusion and reality, touring exhibition, Australian National Gallery (now National Gallery of Australia), Canberra and

toured to state galleries


1976

Drawing now, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Minimal Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Music-language, Eric Fabre Gallery, Paris

New work, New York, UCLA Gallery, Los Angeles

Music-language, John Weber Gallery, New York and Venice Biennale, Venice

Plane/Zeichnungen/Diagramme, Galerie Paul Mainz, Cologne


1975

Art & Language: New York <––> Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Art Gallery of South

Australia, Adelaide

Group show, John Weber Gallery, New York

Twenty from SoHo, Grey Gallery, New York University, New York

Shouting Man posters, Kolner Kunstmarkt, Cologne; Galleria Foksal, Warsaw; and Student Cultural Centre,

Belgrade

Performance, documents, film, video, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


1974

77 sentences, Galerie Schema, Florence

Kunst uber Kunst: Werke und Theorien eine Ausstellung in drei Teilen (Art on art), Kolnischer Kunstverein,

Cologne

13 Projekt ’74 artists, Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne

Summer group show, John Weber Gallery, New York

Projekt ’74, Cologne Museum, Cologne


1973

The Art & Language Institute, Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne

Annotations, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

Art and its cultural context, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium

Einige wesentliche Beispiele früher Konzeptueller Kunst analytischen Charakters (Some early analytic Conceptual 

art), Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne

Index 02, Lisson Gallery, London

Dourly 11.7.73, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium

Comparative models, Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne

Contemporanea, Rome

Recent Australian art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Index 002 Bxal, John Weber Gallery, New York


1972

Comparative models, Galerie Daniel Templon, Milani

ALEA, Pamplona, Spain

Index 01, Documenta 5, Kassel, Germany

Documenta memorandum (indexing), Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne and Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris


1971

45º30’N – 73º36’W, Sir George Williams University, Montreal

Projected art, Finch College Museum, New York

Collected works, Pinacotheca Gallery, Melbourne (with Mel Ramsden)

The boardwalk show, Protetch-Rivkin, Atlantic City, New Jersey

The situation now: object or post-object art, Contemporary Art Society, Sydney

Septime Biennale des Jeunes, Parc Floral de Paris, Paris

Taped lectures, Dain Gallery, New York

Arte concettuale, Galleria Daniel Templon, Milan


1970

Conceptual Art and conceptual aspects, New York Cultural Center, New York

Art in the mind, Allen Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio

Information, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Concept-theorie, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris


1969

Pinacotheca Gallery, Melbourne (with Mel Ramsden and Roger Cutforth)


1968

The Field, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney


1966

Young Melbourne painters, Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney


1964

Young Minds, Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne


1963-64

Various group exhibitions, Argus Gallery and Gallery A, Melbourne


NOTE: Most of the work for exhibitions between 1969 – 1977 was created collaboratively with Mel Ramsden or collectively as Art & Language, and thus exhibited as such.

 

Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Musee d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, France

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne