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A snapshot of 1973

In this year at Warwick:

  • The Modern Records Centre was founded.
  • The first issue of The Boar (the student newspaper still running today) was released on Tuesday 2nd October, priced at 4p.
  • The cover of the 1973-1974 prospectus featured "The courtyard of the Arts Building" (see image).

This painting is one of the founding works of the University of Warwick Art Collection. It was made by Jeremy Moon who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1973, aged just 39. He was one of a number of British artists who was influenced by American “colour field” painters. This is an early example of an acrylic painting made in Britain. This new, quick-drying medium allowed artists to explore the relationships between areas of colour and the structure of the flat canvas surface.

And in the world:

  • Queen Elizabeth opened the Sydney Opera House.

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1973

Jeremy Moon | Cape Red | 1965 | Acrylic on canvas | 1524 x 1524 mm