Mike Parr: Lan­guage & Chaos

Nation­al Gallery of Australia

Mike Parr: Lan­guage & Chaos
Hard­cov­er, 272 pages, Eng­lish
Pub­lish­er: Nation­al Gallery of Aus­tralia (1 Sep­tem­ber 2016)

Mike Parr is regard­ed as one of Australia’s pre-emi­nent artists with a prac­tice span­ning per­for­mance, film, paint­ing, sculp­ture and print­mak­ing. Emerg­ing from a back­ground of con­cep­tu­al art in the ear­ly 1970’s, the prob­ing nature of his word works and psy­cho­an­a­lyt­ic draw­ings esca­lat­ed into the provoca­tive per­for­mance art for which he is now recog­nised internationally.

This gen­er­ous­ly illus­trat­ed pub­li­ca­tion brings togeth­er 13 essays by Aus­tralian artists, poets, cura­tors and crit­ics reflect­ing on aspects of Parr’s career. Form­ing a shift­ing col­lec­tion of ideas this vol­ume is an indis­pens­able com­pan­ion for those seek­ing to more deeply under­stand Parr’s insa­tiably exper­i­men­tal practice.