Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers


A touring exhibition of works by Robert MacPherson explores language, related systems that seek to categorise knowledge, and how changes to both can affect the gradual disappearance of specialist knowledge as generations pass.  The immense ambition and scope of this project represents 20 years of thought and deliberation by the artist and reflects Australia’s diversity, history and complexity.

The QAGOMA touring exhibition tour will feature works that continue a lifelong project MacPherson calls the ‘Frog Poem’ series, an investigation that has previously focussed on juxtaposing everyday objects with the Latin names of frogs that have somehow suggested, in some way, the frog’s own characteristics.

Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers is a touring exhibition developed by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

Image: MACPHERSON, ROBERT / Australia b.1937 / 1000 FROG POEMS: 1000 BOSS DROVERS (“YELLOW LEAF FALLING”) FOR H.S. (detail) 1996-2014 / Graphite, ink and stain on paper / 2400 sheets: 30 x 42.5cm (each). Purchased 2014 with funds from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation, Paul and Susan Taylor, and Donald and Christine McDonald. Courtesy the Artist and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA