Nigel Lendon’s practice as an artist in the fields of post-minimalist and conceptual art spans from the late 1960s until his death in October 2021. He was one of the youngest artists included in the NGV’s 1968 landmark exhibition The Field, and his work is represented in most state and national collections.
As an art historian and curator, Lendon focussed on the relationship between tradition and innovation in collaborative and cross-cultural practices. He researched, published and curated exhibitions about Australian contemporary art, the art history of Arnhem Land and the war art of Afghanistan. His most recent exhibitions include Modelling the Now (ANU Drill Hall Gallery; Milani Gallery 2016), Return to the Field (Sydney Non-Objective 2018), Unfinished Business (Canberra Contemporary Art Space 2019), and IN-formalism (Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre 2019). In 2021, he co-curated I Weave What I Have Seen: The War Rugs of Afghanistan at Drill Hall Gallery.
- Diploma of Fine Art Sculpture, South Australian School of Art, Adelaide
Selected Solo Exhibitions
- Aleks Danko and Nigel Lendon: [AS.YET.MAYBE] NOT A TITLE..., Milani Gallery, Brisbane
- LENDON/BEER: The Mass, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra
- LENDON/BEER: Exhibition 141, SNO, Sydney
- Lucina Lane & Nigel Lendon: Teach the kids to strike, Neon Parc City Gallery, Melbourne
- Abstraction 18: Further a-Field, 1970s, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
- Abstraction 17: A Field of Interest, c. 1968, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
- Lucina Lane & Nigel Lendon: I do not disagree, Caves Gallery, Melbourne
- ANTI-NOSTALGIA, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
- Modelling the Now, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
- Modelling the Now, Milani Gallery, Brisbane
- Modelling the Now, ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
- Nigel Lendon: 6 New Pieces of Sculpture, Chapman Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
- Nigel Lendon, Watters Gallery, Sydney
- Nigel Lendon, Bonython Art Gallery, Sydney
Selected Group Exhibitions
- Unfinished Business, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra § 2019-2020, Geometries, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
- The Field Revisited, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne § 2018 Returning to the Field, SNO, Sydney
- IN-Formalism, SNO at the Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
- I can see Russia from here, TCB Gallery, Melbourne
- Paint + Object, Annandale Gallery, Sydney
- SNO 106, SNO Gallery, Sydney
- Minimal/Conceptual, Milani Gallery, Brisbane
- Less is More: Minimal and Post-Minimal Art is Australia, Heidi Museum and Gallery, Melbourne
- Margaret Seaworthy Gothic, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, Melbourne
- Taipai National University of the Arts, Taiwan
- Canberra National Sculpture Forum, Canberra
- Venice Biennale Aperto Pavilion, Venice, Italy (with ‘Art & Language’)
- Art & Language, John Weber Gallery, New York; Gallery Eric Fabre, Paris
- Object and Idea, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
- John Kaldor Art Project 2, Harold Szeemann in Australia, I want to leave a nice well-done child here, Bonython Gallery, Sydney/National Gallery of Victoria
- The Situation Now: Object and Post Object Art, Central Street Gallery, Sydney
- Form in Action: An Exhibition of Recent Australian Sculpture, National Gallery of Australia international touring show
- Transfield Prize, Sydney
- Comalco Invitation Award for Sculpture, Tasmania
- The Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Mildura, Victoria
- The Field, National Gallery Victoria
- Mildura Prize for Sculpture, Mildura
- National Gallery of Australia
- Art Gallery of South Australia
- Queensland Art Gallery
- The University of Queensland Art Museum
- Art Gallery of New South Wales
- Mildura Art Gallery
- Launceston Museum and Art Gallery
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
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- Tim Bonyhady and Nigel Lendon: I Weave What I Have Seen: The War Rugs of Afghanistan
- Nigel Lendon, Rethinking The Aboriginal Memorial
- Nigel Lendon, Relational Agency: The Elcho Island
- Nigel Lendon, A Tournament of Shadows
- Nigel Lendon, Groundwork: The Advent of the Indigenous Print in Australia
- Nigel Lendon, Beauty and Horror: Identity and Conflict in the War Rugs of Afghanistan
- Nigel Lendon, As Citizens of the World
- Nigel Lendon, Innovation and its Meanings
- Nigel Lendon, Near and Far
- Nigel Lendon, Beyond Translation
- Nigel Lendon, Unfamiliar Territory: An art of constant translation
- Nigel Lendon, Authorship, Authority and the Production of Public Knowledge
- Nigel Lendon, On the Possibility of Collaboration
- Nigel Lendon, A Narrative in Paint [The Wagilag Sisters]
- Nigel Lendon, The Black Print: Technology and innovation in contemporary Aboriginal printmaking
- Nigel Lendon, Ian Burn, Charles Merewether and Ann Stephen, The Necessity of Australian Art: An Essay about Interpretation
- Nigel Lendon and Ian Burn, Purity Style Amnesia
- Nigel Lendon, Ashton Roberts and Bayliss: Some relationships between illustration, painting and photography in the late Nineteenth Century
- Harkness Fellowship, Commonwealth Fund of New York City
- Mildura Purchase Award
- Harry P. Gill Medal and Prize, South Australian School of Art
Select Literary References
- Mildura Revisited: sculptures exhibited 1961-1978, Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura, Victoria.
- ‘Nigel Lendon: systemic structures’, in NEW 2013: Selected recent acquisitions, The University of Queensland, pp.116-7.
- Sue Cramer, Less is More: Minimal + Post-Minimal Art in Australia, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
- Zara Stanhope, This was the future: Australian sculpture of the 1950s, 60s 70s and today, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
- Greg Dening, ‘Time Searchers’, The Australian, 11-13 August 1999.
- Daniel Thomas, ‘Introduction’, Skangaroovian Funk, Art Gallery of South Australia.
- Graeme Sturgeon, Sculpture at Mildura: the story of the Mildura Sculpture Triennial 1961 – 1982, Mildura City Council, Mildura, Vic.
- Terry Smith, ‘The Provincialism Problem’, Artforum September 1974, pp.54-59. 1978 Graeme Sturgeon, The Development of Australian Sculpture 1788 – 1975, Thames and Hudson Ltd, London.
- Terry Smith, ‘Making use of space: the work of Nigel Lendon’, The Sunday Age, 7 March 1971, p.18
- ‘Nigel Lendon 1944-2021’, Art Monthly Australasia Issue 331 - ANN STEPHEN, GORDON BULL, DEBORAH CLARK, HOWARD MORPHY, TIM BONYHADY, EMMA BEER AND ALEKS DANKO
- 15 Dec 2021, ‘Vale Nigel Lendon 1944-2021’ Artlink Magazine – RUARK LEWIS
- 28 Oct 2021, ‘Vale Nigel Lendon’, Art History Network – MARK SHEPHERD
- 20 Nov 2021, ‘Lendon leaves impressive art legacy’, Canberra Times – DAVID WILLIAMS