20 June – 14 September 2008
In 2008 the National Gallery of Australia recognises and celebrates the work of Richard Larter, one of Australia’s most engaging and lively artists. The exhibition, which covers his artistic practice from the late 1950s through to the present, gives viewers the opportunity to engage with a spectrum of works that are at times provocative and dazzling, and at other times evocative and lyrical – but never dull.
Since the 1950s several themes have been present in Larter’s work. These themes are conveyed in the exhibition, including an ongoing interest in the human body and sexuality, a fascination with popular culture, and a strong opposition to censorship, authority and the Vietnam War. His paintings often challenge the perceived boundaries between abstraction and figuration and between so-called high art and low art. This retrospective reveals Larter to be a remarkable colourist, a technical innovator and a painter of lyrical landscapes and radiant luminosity