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NGV Limited Edition - Robert Hague, Venus

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NGV Limited Edition - Robert Hague, Venus



The Melbourne Now Print Portfolio comprises twelve new prints commissioned especially for the exhibition. Contributing one print each, established and emerging artists explored a range of techniques, with the diversity of work reflecting Melbourne’s dynamic and flourishing print community.

Robert Hague is an established artist who works across various media, including sculpture, printmaking, video, painting and installation. His highly detailed prints employ traditional techniques, such as crayon on stone lithography, to provide commentary on culture and society.

Each edition is signed and numbered by the artist.

Edition of 15.

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Lithograph, hand-coloured with watercolour and gold leaf
Approximately A2 in size

About the artwork

For Melbourne Now, Hague has created a lithograph of a fan decorated with images of objects from the NGV Collection. Expanding upon his ongoing series Porcelaine, which he began in 2012, Hague reimagines ubiquitous souvenirs, which he embellishes with appropriated imagery from various art-historical sources, such as colonial landscapes, to tell new stories. In this stone lithograph, he depicts a frayed fan decorated with elements from artworks in the NGV Collection, including female figures from Frederick McCubbin’s iconic painting The pioneer, 1904, and Jeff Koons’s Puppy, 1992, and arranges them around a modern-day Venus. This central figure is based on Pipilotti Rist’s video work Ever is over all, 1997, in which the protagonist strikes the window of a parked car with a flower, causing it to shatter. Her behaviour stands in contrast to the quiet, stoic women in The pioneer, and the decorative elements that surround her. The damaged fan on which these elements are brought together alludes not only to fragility and the scars of history, but also suggests a kind of beauty that emerges from the remnants.

Robert Hague Venus (after Koons) 2022; lithograph, hand-coloured with watercolour and gold leaf; ed. 1/15. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2022
© Robert Hague

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NGV Limited Edition - Robert Hague, Venus



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