Lichtenstein to Warhol: The Kenneth Tyler Collection

Until 9 March 2020 the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra welcomes us to engage with works from the Kenneth Tyler Collection, of American post-war art acquired by NGA in 1973. Master printer, Kenneth Tyler, worked with many artists during this time, his ambition to create art on a grand scale offered new possibilities for the production of their art. Combined with a second acquisition in 2002 the collection of over 7,400 pieces marks the gallery as keeper of one the most comprehensive collections of post-war American art outside the United States.

The exhibition features candid photographs alongside works by Anni and Josef Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Nancy Graves, David Hockney and others.

Gianfranco Gorgoni, Kenneth Tyler positioning a galvanized metal mold on top of a paper mould with screenprinted tissue, while Robert Rauschenberg prepares to pour pulp into mould for Roan, from the ‘Pages and fuses’ series, Richard de Bas Paper Mill, Ambert, France, August 1973. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Gift of Kenneth Tyler 2002

Kenneth Tyer, Roy Lichtenstein squats near his 1976 sculpture Cup and saucer I at his Southhampton studio, with the paintings Woman with lollipop and Nude on beach in the background, Southhampton, New York, 1977. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Gift of Kenneth Tyler 2002