Post-Object Art collection
Scope and Contents
Series 1, Artists, is arranged alphabetically and includes samples of works from key contributors to the movement such as Jim Allen, Bruce Barber, and Billy Apple, as well as samples from important events and groups including 3 Situations (1971), Bledisloe Square Art Event (1971), and Auckland City Art Circle (1983). The contributions relating to the work of Post-Object artists largely consist of slides, negatives, catalogues, artist statements, and print articles.
Series 2, Publications, contains a number of related print material; catalogues, articles and journals.
- Dadson, Phil (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
No part may be published without the written permission of the artist.
Biographical / Historical
The Post-Object Art collection documents the practice of New Zealand post-object artists in the New Zealand, and international, art scene. A large number of the contributors have close relationships with Elam School of Fine Art and the wider Auckland art scene.
The Post-Object Art collection was initiated by Philip Dadson, a New Zealand musician and artist, in the late 1970s. Dadson’s intention was to produce a resource which would support the teaching of intermedia, sculpture, performance and time based art practice at Elam School of Fine Art. The collection was developed parallel to Terry Reid’s Mail Art collection (formerly known as the “Open Drawers”) which was established in the early 1970s, in fact Dadson initially collected under the name of “the Open Drawers” before establishing the Post-Object Art collection as a separate entity. The Fine Arts Library continued to add items to the collection until the late 1990s when the collection was closed. Material was solicited for the collection through direct correspondence with post-object artists inviting them to contribute.
1.9 metres (3 boxes, 1 poster folder, assorted audio-visual items)
Language of Materials
- Inventory of the Post-Object Art collection
- Victoria Passau
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Fine Arts Special Collections, The University of Auckland Repository
5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand