Peter Burgess


Born 1952, Sydney


Education and qualifications

     1985 - 94              

Adjunct Professor, Department of Art, New York University, New York

     1979 - 81               

M.F.A.(Photography), Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York


Post-Graduate Study in Lithography, Pratt Graphics Center, New York

     1973 - 76              

Diploma Art (Education), Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education, Sydney

     1971 - 72               

Studied Architecture, New South Wales Institute of Technology, Sydney


Selected Solo Exhibitions         


3 texts, Ficciones Typografika, Minneapolis, Minnesota

made in england, Milani Gallery, Brisbane


oak/oak, automata, Sydney


and …some text works, MCLEMOI Gallery, Sydney

Bryant and May … and, ACME Project Space, London


via cruel lens, Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN), Sydney


modern equivalence, Peloton, Sydney

3 latent objects, plus, Milani Gallery, Brisbane


3 latent objects, Connie Dietzschold Gallery (Multiple Box), Sydney

(718) object relations, Mays Lane Project, Sydney


Cover versions, Milani Gallery, Brisbane


object and idea, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane


works from the fourth estate, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane


ex tt, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane


evidenceincamera, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane

urbanotations, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


binaries, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane


Art & Letters, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


Surveying the Field, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane


within. . .without, Bellas Gallery


three interiors, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

civil arrangements, Bellas Gallery


apart of domestic appearance; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

objects of domestic import; Bellas Gallery, Brisbane


In Actu; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

Selected Wall Works 1994-6; Photospace, Canberra School of Art, Canberra


The Scale of Things; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane


Scenes From the Domestic; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane


object relations; Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

object relations pt.II; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


objects of/from the familia’; Bellas Gallery, Brisbane


The Faces of Men; Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

Excecation; Camerawork, London

Scenarios; Kent Institute of Fine Art & Design, Canterbury, U.K.

Scenarios Pt.II; Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

All the News That's Fit to Print; Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne


pax in bello; Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

Notes on a Conventional Conflict; Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney


Vestiges; Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney

Vestiges Pt.II; Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

Blind/blind; Camera Lucida, Sydney

Scenarios; Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney


inter alia; Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney


Selected Works 1983-85; George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

The Theatre of our Cruelty; Printed Matter, New York               

Pictoria; Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York

Concatenare; Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney


Public/Private Places - Photographic Works 1977-83; Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney


The Dated Spectator; Artspace, Sydney (curated by Q.E.D.)


Hebdomus and Other Works 1979-82; Art/Empire/Industry, Sydney

Hebdomus; Avago, Sydney


INFORMATION IN.FORMATION; Pratt Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York


CLEARINGHOUSE -some art reference; Coventry Gallery, Sydney


Selected Group Exhibitions


Visions, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne


Grayscale, Glasshouse, Port Macquarie Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie


Works in the permanent collection: Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie

Grayscale, Reyner Hoff Studio, National Art School, Sydney

Geelong Print Award, Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong

Boundless Plains, Project Space, National Art School

MCBA International Artist’s Book Award, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minnesota

Multiple Choices: 40 years of the FAC Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle

Streetwise – contemporary print culture, ANG Contemporary, Australian National Gallery, Canberra

Art/Language/Location—Supertext, Angila Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize, Bank Street Center, Sheffield, UK

Off the S(h)elf—the ecelectic in the artist’s book, I’klectik Art-Lab, London

Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie


Girt by Sea, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle

SNO 110, Gallery 9, Sydney

National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery, Victoria        

Crossing Borders, The Study Centre fro Drawing, National Art School


The Art of Curating, MCLEMOI Project, Perth        

SNO turns 100, SNO, Sydney


Far point …, SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney        


THE WALL OF SOUND (with apologies to Phil Spector), SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney     

IN TEMPERANCE – popup gallery, Temperance Lane, Sydney


Crux: Contemporary Artists and Images of the Cross, McGlade Gallery, Australian Catholic University, Sydney

Language Frold-Cold Language/Tongue, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney


One day…we see, arc art projects, Sydney

From the Block, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland

Up and Down the Wall, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney

Co-existence, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

The Origin of Ideas, South, Sydney

What we do, College of Fine Art Gallery, University of NSW


Tenth Anniversary Exhibition; Bellas Gallery, Brisbane


Temporarily Possessed; New Museum, New York

Its About Time; Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

Snapshot; Cleveland Centre for Contemporary Art, Ohio & touring

Minimundis; White Columns, New York

Artists’ Editions; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane


Critique; Construction In Process, First Draft, Sydney

Obsession; Campbelltown Art Gallery & touring

Turning Silver into Gold; Cleveland Centre for Contemporary Art, Ohio


Pages; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Nuclear (R)Age:The Bomb in Australian Art; Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

Contacts/Proofs; Jersey City Museum, New Jersey

The Return of Cadavre Exquis; Drawing Centre New York & touring internationally


Tony Coleing and Friends; Australian National Gallery, Canberra


Big Ideas, Little Pictures; Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

Works on Paper; Christoper Leonard Gallery, New York


5 X 3 X 5; Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

The Decade Show; The New Museum, New York

Sequences; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane


Collaborations; Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

Mondo Faxo; Artspace, Sydney

Visual Poetics; Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

Prints and Australia - Presettlement to the Present; Australian National Gallery, Canberra


New Artists/ New Drawings; Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Connecticut

The Drawing Show; Massachusetts College of Art Gallery, Boston,                                                            


Ten Years On; The Works, City Art Institute, Sydney

Here & There; Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

In Print, Vol.1; Power Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Sydney

The Castle; installation by Group Material, Documenta 8, Kassel, West Germany


Battlefield; Artspace, Sydney


The Politics of Picturing Pt.II; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

MASS; organised by Goup Material, Hallwalls,Buffalo; Spaces,Cleveland; Arts Consortium, Cinn; Aljira Arts, New Jersey; New Museum, New York; Artspace, Sydney


Correspondences; Tasmanian School of Art Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart

Selections; The Drawing Centre, New York

The Politics of Picturing; Tasmanian School of Art Gallery, University of Tasmania


A.U.S.T.R.A.L.I.A; Zona, Florence, Italy

Drawings '83; U.K. Drawing Biennale, Middlesborough Art Gallery, tour of U.K.

Australian Perspecta; Art Gallery of New South Wales

Artists' Books; Artspace, Sydney

Taste, Place and Transition; Ivan Dougherty Gallery, City Art Institute, Sydney


Small Works; New York University East Gallery, New York

Fifth Miami International Print Bienniale; Metropolitan Museum and Art Centre, Miami

Australian and International Artists for the Fourth Biennale of Sydney; Coventry Gallery, Sydney

3 Offset Attitudes; Sydney City Library, Sydney

APMIRA - Artists for Aboriginal Land Rights; Paddington Town Hall, Sydney


Artists' Books; Zone Centre for the Arts, Springfield, Mass.


Artists' Publications; Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


British International Print Biennale; Bradford Art Gallery, U.K.; tour of U.K.; Coventry Gallery, Sydney


Pratt Printmakers; Pratt Graphics Gallery, New York; touring museums in Israel

Third Miami International Print Biennale; Metropolitan Museum and Art Centre, Miami   


Works on Paper; The Katonah Gallery, New York

Young Painters; Macquarie Galleries, Sydney


Exhibition '76; Bonython Gallery, Sydney


Collaborative Projects


Stage II submission, (with Maureen Burns), Sydney Sculpture Walk, Sydney Council


Roles and Rules, (with Sue Williams), Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra


Roles and Rules, (with Sue Williams), Bellas Gallery, Brisbane, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


Per/Versions; (with Merilyn Fairskye), Artspace, Sydney


Subject: Racism; (with Tony Coleing and Robert Cooney), George Paton Gallery, Melbourne


Curatorial Projects


Paintings from Yuendumu, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland


Dolly Nampijinpa Daniels and Uni Nampijinpa Martin, Four Walls, Brooklyn, New York


Sue Williams, Drawings, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


Agnes Martin, Prints, Gary Anderson Gallery, Sydney


MASS, a Group Material Installation, Artspace, Sydney


Taste, Place and Transition, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Art, University of NSW


3 Offset Attitudes, Sydney City Library, Sydney


Selected Awards & Prizes


Visiting Fellow, Artist in Residence, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra.

Project Development Grant, Visual Arts/Craft Fund, Australia Council.


Travel Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council.


Special Projects Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council.


Travel Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council.

Visiting Lecturer's Fellowship, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney.

     1980 - 81           

Pratt Fellowship, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.

     1979 - 80           

Graduate Assistantship, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.


Artist in Residence, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council Greene Street Studio, New York.

Ingram Merril Scholarship, post-graduate study in Lithography, Pratt Graphics Center, NewYork.


Selected Bibliography                       

Blackall, Judith, 'Italy - A.U.S.T.R.A.L.I.A. at Zona', Art-Network, vol.11, 1983

Brown, Phil, 'The Raw meets the cooked', The Brisbane Review, 27 August 1992

Burgess, Peter, The Faces of Men;, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, 1989

All the News That’s Fit to Print;, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, 1989

Scenarios;, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, 1987

Selected Works 1983-85;, University of Melbourne, 1985

Davies, Suzanne, 'Grappling with Diversity, Australian Perspecta, 1983', Art-Network, Vol.10, pp.11-15, &Dunn, Richard 15, 1983                                   

Davies, Suzanne, 'The Politics of Picturing', catalogue essay, University of Tas. 1985

Dupain, Max, 'Photography', Sydney Morning Herald, March 3, 1984

Galloway, Paul, 'PETER BURGESS, Objects of/from the Familia, Eyeline, Autumn 1992

Green, Charles, 'Violent Art: Sue Williams & Peter Burgess, Art Monthly Australia, May 1993, Number 59

Hyatt-Johnston, Helen, ‘The Changing Critical Role of Artist Run Initiatives Over the Last Decade’, pub. First Draft

James, Rod, Nuclear (R)Age - The Bomb in Australian Art, Exhibition catalogue, Monash University, Melbourne, 1993

Kirker, Anne, Sequences, pub. Queensland Art Gallery, 1990

Looby, Keith, 'A Kaleidoscope of Artists, Australian Perspecta, 1983', Art and Australia, vol.21,no.2,1983

MacDonald, John, 'Real-life drama as fiction', Sydney Morning Herald, June 20,1987

McNeill, David, 'Peter Burgess, Selected Works 1983-85', George Paton Gallery", Art-Network vol.19/20, 1986, p69.

'New Drawing in America', pub.The Drawing Centre, New York.1986

Maloon, Terence, 'Art', Sydney Morning Herald, Feb.18, 1984

'When Fake Masterpieces Maybe Something Else', Sydney Morning Herald, May 14, 1983

'Art', Sydney Morning Herald, Oct. 30, 1982

'The Visual Arts in Sydney', Australian Art Review,2nd edition, ed. Leon Paroissien 1983           

Merkus, Elaine, 'Here and There',, Monash University Gallery, 1987

Michael, Linda, Pages,, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1993

Morano, Kathy, ‘20 Years On: Greene Street Studio, NY’, Object, 3.96

Murphy, Bernice, 'Australian Perspecta 1983', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1983

Peckham, Virginia, 'New Artists/New Drawings',, Lyman Allen Art Museum, 1988

Petlin, George, 'Connections Made in a State of Flux', The Australian, 11 February, 1994

Pollard, Gayle, 'Correspondences',,  University of Tasmania, 1985

Rainbird, Stephen, Art Acquisitions 1900-1992,, Queensland University of Technology, 1992

Smith, Terry, 'A time that we forgot', Times on Sunday, June 21, 1987

Stringer, John, 'Taste, Place and Transition - Expatriates New York’,, City Art Institute, 1983

Van Den Bosch, A, 'Hobart - The Politics of Picturing", Art-Network, vol.13, 1985

Zurbrugg, Nicholas'Visual Poetics',, Museum of Contemporary Art, 1989



Australian National Gallery, Canberra

Alice Springs Art Foundation, N.T.

Freemantle Arts Centre, Western Australia

Griffith University, Queensland

MacGregor College Art Gallery, Queensland

Monash University, Melbourne

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Museum of Modern Art, New York

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

New England Regional Art Gallery, N.S.W

Queensland Art Gallery

Queensland University of Technology

Rutgers University, New Jersey

Sydney University Students Union, N.S.W

Tweed Museum of Art, Minnesota

Visual Arts Board of Australia Council, N.S.W

Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, New South Wales

Warnambool Art Gallery, Victoria

Zona Archives, Florence, Italy

Zone Centre for the Arts, Mass.