Robert Rooney
Australia 1937 – 2017
War Saving Streets (1970)

During the Second World War households of entire streets in suburban Melbourne were encouraged to contribute to a national war savings campaign. The streets with high contributions were marked with plaques stating ‘This is a War Savings Street’. Cover image is from photograph by Peter Jeffs. Inside front cover lists 31 streets with map coordinates. On accompanying loose sheet instamatic photos by the artist are reproduced in a grid. Photo-offset lithographic. Folder 26.6 x 19.0cm. Edition unknown, possibly only 100 exist. Unsigned.

Buckley, J, Rogers, M, Rubbo, K & Sheridan, N (eds) 1978, Artists’ Books/Bookworks, Institute of Modern Art, Ewing and George Paton Galleries, Experimental Art Foundation. pp. 110-11
Finch, M 2010, Endless Present: Robert Rooney and Conceptual Art, National Gallery of Victoria. pp. 6-7 (illustrated), p. 30.
Campbell, K & Moline, K comp. 1987, IN PRINT. Vol.1. Artists’ Books, The Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, The University of Sydney. no. 24.
Catalano, G 1983, The Bandaged Image: A study of Australian artists’ books, Hale & Iremonger. pp. 29-32, p. 45.
Grahame, N (ed.) 2015, Une historie du livre d’artists australien, numero uno publications, grahame galleries + editions. p. 43 (illustrated p.42).
Tonkin, S 2015, ‘A defining decade: Australian artists’ books in the 1970s’, in D Cowley, R Heather & A Welch (eds), Creating and Collecting: Artists’ Books in Australia, La Trobe Journal No. 95, State Library of Victoria. p. 47.

Collection: Centre for the Artist Book, grahame galleries + editions