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United States of America 1933 – 1996

untitled (for Robert, with fond regards) 1977
Collection Title: Untitled (for Robert with fond regards)
Materials & Technique: sculptures, fluorescent tubes Impression: no. 2 from an edition of 3

Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Dimensions: 244.0 h x 244.0 w x 14.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1979
Accession No: NGA 80.744.A-B
Image rights: © Dan Flavin/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy
  • Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1977;
  • from whom bought by the Australian National Gallery, August 1979

Born in Milan, Italy, on 31 October 1924, Baj studied at the Accademia de Brera (1945-48). In 1951, with Sergio Dangelo, he founded the 'Movimento nucleare', and in 1953, with Asger Jorn, he organised the 'Mouvement pour un Bauhaus Imaginiste' and established the International Centre for Ceramics at Albisola Marina. He held his first solo exhibition at the Galleria Asterisco in Rome in 1954 and held his first solo exhibition abroad at the Galerie Kunstkredsen in Copenhagen in 1956. In 1959-60 Baj established contacts with the French New Realists Daniel Spoerri, Arman, César, and Pierre Restany, and in 1962 met André Breton, who included an essay on the artist in the third edition of Le Surréalisme et la peinture (Paris, 1965). In 1961 he was invited to show at the exhibition 'The Art of Assemblage' at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and in 1963, again in New York, he had a solo exhibition at the Cordier and Ekstrom Gallery. In 1964 he had his own room at the Venice biennale and at the Milan Triennale. Since then he has had numerous museum retrospectives - at the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, in 1967; at Palazzo Grassi, Venice, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, in 1971; at Palazzo Reale, Milan, in 1974; and at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1978. In 1973 a catalogue raisonné of Baj's works was published by Giulio Boalffi, Turin. At the Studio Marconi in Milan in 1979 he exhibited the large work Apocalisse, with a monograph by Umberto Eco. Baj lives and works at Vergiate, Italy.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Other works from the edition are in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art (1/3) and the Estate of the artist (3/3).


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Michael Desmond, 'Lightworks', Craft Australia, no.3, Spring 1986, p. 24, illus. p.27 (mirror image);

Michael Lloyd and Michael Desmond, European and American Paintings and Sculptures 1870-1970 in the Australian National Gallery, Canberra: Australian National Gallery 1992, p.360, illus. p.361

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra