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b. 1922, New Zealand

Jim Allen Biography

An important proponent of the development of post-object practices in New Zealand, Jim Allen's experimental performances, sculptures and conceptual works are influenced by the kinetic and phenomenological works of Len Lye and Helio Oiticica. His 'environmental sculptures' places the experiential elements of spectatorship foremost, and his performances emphasised ephemeral process over and above the physical object. Of his most well know work, Contact, 1974, only photographs document the work. However in 2010 the work was restaged by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery alongside works by Lye and Oiticica.

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Points of Contact, 2010, examined the development of post-object practices within New Zealand. Unlike its American counterpoint which developed out of Minimalism, the local movement grew out of kenetic and light based experiments, a trajectory the diverges from the European or American school of formalism.

Allen was a lecturer at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, and his work has been recently restaged in number of institutions throughout Australia, Germany, America and the Netherlands.

Jim Allen Featured Artworks

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Contact  by Jim Allen contemporary artwork
Jim AllenContact , 1974Black and white photograph
160 x 245 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Hanging by a Thread II by Jim Allen contemporary artwork
Jim AllenHanging by a Thread II, 2009Mixed media on board
201.5 x 91.5 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Beyond the Real (detail) by Jim Allen contemporary artwork
Jim AllenBeyond the Real (detail), 2012Mixed media, three paintings of works each installed on their own wall,
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Beyond the Real by Jim Allen contemporary artwork
Jim AllenBeyond the Real, 2012Mixed media, three paintings of works each installed on their own wall,
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
The First Three by Jim Allen contemporary artwork
Jim AllenThe First Three, 1998Acrylic on canvas
168.5 x 360 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Arena (detail) by Jim Allen contemporary artwork
Jim AllenArena (detail), 1970Galvanised steel, barbed wire, clothing donated by friends and family
200 x 200 x 200 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Arena by Jim Allen contemporary artwork
Jim AllenArena, 1970Galvanised steel, barbed wire, clothing donated by friends and family
200 x 200 x 200 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Tribute to Hone Tuwhare by Jim Allen contemporary artwork
Jim AllenTribute to Hone Tuwhare, 2010Mixed media
200 x 200 x 200 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery

Jim Allen Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Jim Allen, Dan Arps, Stella Corkery, Group Show at Michael Lett, Auckland
Closed
17 August–17 September 2016 Jim Allen, Dan Arps, Stella Corkery Group Show Michael LettAuckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Jim Allen, Planting a Native at Michael Lett, Auckland
Closed
19 November 2014 Jim Allen Planting a Native Michael LettAuckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Jim Allen, News at Michael Lett, Auckland
Closed
15 October–22 November 2014 Jim Allen News Michael LettAuckland

Jim Allen Represented By

Michael Lett contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lett Auckland

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