"What is art, and what is an artist? Can a machine make art? Where are the boundaries between science, technology and art? These are questions that drive Simon Ingram. Based out of Auckland, Ingram has been looking for ways to connect painting with conversation and contemporary technology since the early 2000s. At the moment, he has an exhibition at the capital’s City Gallery, The Algorithmic Impulse, part of which features his painting-performance project Monadic Device, a machine which turns human brainwaves into art." Read the full article here.
"In his Mt Victoria studio, Karl Maughan is slowly building a garden on a canvas. It’s the early stages of what will eventually be a high-impact artwork hanging on a collector’s wall: thick, dark paint strokes are interrupted by fluffy balls of pink and blue resembling hydrangeas, while the outline of a future path weaves up the middle.
This is where one of New Zealand’s most successful artists spends his days. A painting Maughan created in the mid-90s, inspired by Miles Warren’s garden on Banks Peninsula, hangs on one wall. A vintage train track he pulled out of a skip sits on a table, near Karl Maughan, a heavy, lush, coffee table book about his work which was released on Thursday (10th December)."
Read the full article here. To purchase a copy of Karl Maughan published by Gow Langsford and Auckland University Press, contact us.
Gallery artists John Walsh, Reuben Paterson, Darryn George and Chris Heaphy (pictured) are all included in Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, the largest exhibition ever stage at Auckland Art Gallery. It showcases the dynamic, ever-changing expression that is Māori art spanning 70 years with over 100 artists included. The exhibition runs until 9 May 2021. For more information, see here.
Reuben Paterson's Black Matter opens this Saturday at The Dowse Art Museum in Wellington. The exhibition runs until 21 March 2021.
Join Reuben Paterson (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi) in conversation with curator and The Dowse director Karl Chitham (Ngā Puhi, Te Uriroroi) on the opening weekend at 11am on Saturday 14 November. For further information see here.
Dick Frizzell along with Sir Bob Harvey (former Waitakere mayor) have contributed a cash prize of around $5,000 for next years recipient of the annual Surrey Hotel-Newsroom writers residency award. Frizzell emailed Steve Braunias about the award saying: "This may sound grand...possibly even delusional....but this book of mine [newly released, Me, According to the History of Art] looks like it might do quite well, and I was thinking I'd like to do something constructive with the royalties. And then I thought of you and your crazy Surrey Hotel writers residency award."
Entries for the 2021 Award will open around May next year. Find out more here.
Paul Dibble's brand new publication Paul Dibble X: A Decade of Sculpture 2010-2020 is now available and celebrates the last ten years of the artists career. Published by Bateman Books and written by his wife Fran Dibble who works closely alongside Paul, the book has already made The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending 23 October (see here), and an article was also featured in the Manawatu Standard (read the full article and interview here).
Contact us to purchase a copy; hardcover $100, paperback $69.99.
John Daly-Peoples has reviewed our latest exhibitions on NZ Arts Review. On David McCracken's Exalt in Transmission he writes: "The size and precision of these works is impressive especially when considering that these are not manufactured for industrial scale purposes. The artist’s design expertise and engineering skills are exceptional and alongside those practical aspects he brings insight and understanding into the way in which objects interact with their environment.
On Darryn George's A River Flowing Out of Eden, Daly-Peoples writes: "Under the title of “A River Flowing out of Eden” he has created a flamboyant set of works which owe much to folk art with its use of bold colours, and elementary structures and designs. They also have links to Primitivism and Naïve artists like Henri Rousseau and Séraphine Louis."
Read the full review here.
For the first online iteration of Sydney Contemporary presents 2020, Gow Langsford Gallery is pleased to present works by Dale Frank and Virginia Leonard. The online presentation runs from 1 - 31 October - register to view here.
Contact us for a list of available works, or for further information.
A big congratulations to gallery artists Darryn George and Virginia Leonard, who were both winners at The 29th Annual Wallace Art Awards.
Darryn George was The Wallace Arts Trust Second Award Winner for his work Mara #26, 2020, oil pastel and acrylic on canvas, 1570 x 2180 x 55mm and Virginia Leonard was the First Runner-up Award Winner for her work Cripple, 2020, clay, lustre and resin, 945 x 540 x 530mm.
The exhibition can be viewed at the Pah Homestead until 15 November. Visit their website for further details.
"This artist’s ‘crazed’ brush-smear orchestration has a lot of appeal. It is not mindless energy, but carefully controlled; an impressive show from an obviously talented emerging painter. However, having almost a dozen vertical rectangles almost all the same size does look a bit conveyor-beltish and predictable, as if sticking to a formula. Consequently the much larger Final Fantasy has real impact with its sense of an underlying horizontal panoramic vista, and low altitude ethereal eddies cavorting over a valley-type landscape."
Read the full review here.
DE-celebrate at Te Tuhi runs from 5 September - 29 November 2020 and features work by gallery artist John Pule. The exhibitions attempts to capture the changes in artists thinking during the time of a global pandemic. "DE-celerate is articulated through artists’ works and live activations. Drastically limited by the travel restrictions preventing many artists’ visits, the activations take place instead through the invitation for audiences to take home or barter for certain objects. This process of exchange is one response to an increased appetite for human interaction after self-isolation."
Find more information here.
Te Tuhi Contemporary Art Trust
13 Reeves Road
Auckland, New Zealand
Open daily 9am - 5pm
Max Gimblett has produced his most significant book collaboration with American poet, cultural essayist and MacArthur Fellow Lewis Hyde. Published in September 2020 by the leading U.S. poetry and literary publisher Copper Canyon Press, the Hyde/Gimblett collaboration The Disappearing Ox creates a modern American version of the twelfth-century Chinese “Oxherding Series".
Read the full article about this latest publication on NZEdge here.
2 in 1: Judy Millar and Alberto Garcia-Alvarez at our Kitchener St Gallery and at Tim Melville Gallery has been reviewed by John Hurrell for EyeContact.
"I find I like these shows not because of works being foils for the other artist’s paintings (though there is a lot of that) but for what they say about others in their creators’ own chronological continua—with hints of content that eventually will be expanded. Or because in their own right the items are utterly absorbing—beyond explanation (as often art can be)."
Read the full review here.
In line with the Government's response to COVID-19, Auckland is now operating under Alert Level 3. The Galleries will be closed to the public from midday Wednesday 12 August until midnight Friday 14 August at this stage.
The Gallery team is working remotely and we are closely following governmental advice and hope to reopen as soon as possible when we move back down to Level 2.
Stay safe and look out for each other.
Max Gimblett's Ocean Wheel curated by Peter Vangioni is now on at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū until 15 November.
"From brightly coloured abstract paintings to his pure black ink drawings, Ocean Wheel showcases an artist’s devotion to working on paper as a key part of his output. Featuring drawings, paintings, artist’s books and prints spanning Gimblett’s career from the 1960s to 2010, including examples from his iconic quatrefoil and enso series, Ocean Wheel acknowledges this major gift to Ōtautahi Christchurch."
Find more details here.
"This is a refreshing show loaded with paradox and sly wit. ‘Casual’ speed is mixed with carefully considered preparation. The process looks rapid, but clearly overall is not the case at all."
Read the full review here.
Our recent announcement of representation of ceramic artist Virginia Leonard has been featured on Art Collector. Gary Langsford spoke with them about this commenting, “Virginia’s ceramics embody the best of all this is creatively possible with the medium,” [...] “They push the boundaries and are as much sculpture as vessel.”
Read the full article here.
André Hemer and Katharina Grosse are included in WestFarbe curated by Christoph Dahlhausen currently on at Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch until 19 July 2020. The exhibition celebrates the German word 'Farbe' which means both the phenomena of colour and for the material of paint itself.
“This exhibition explores such artistic investigations, bringing together approaches where the material and process-oriented aspects of working are emphasised, with others where the tonality and the appearance of painting are foregrounded. The exhibition places into dialogue various practices that concern themselves with aspects of ‘Farbe’ in a fundamental, non-narrative manner.”
For further information, see here.
Gow Langsford Gallery is delighted to announce our participation in Art Basel’s first iteration of Online Viewing Rooms, a new digital platform designed to connect galleries and collectors from around the world.
Viewing Rooms launches on March 20 and remains live until March 25, with VIP preview days March 18 to March 20.
Our Online Viewing Room will feature works by contemporary New Zealand painter Judy Millar alongside a group exhibition by Oceanic artists including Colin McCahon, Dale Frank, John Pule and Lisa Roet; together with European sculptors Tony Cragg, Henry Moore and Ugo Rondinone.
Reuben Paterson’s new animation Te Maiea (2020) observes the whakapapa of Hine Maheri, the personification of sparkling fine grained sandstone, through the union and incarnations of our cliffs, rocks, stones and springs produced from Tāne Mahuta, the god of the forest and his (particular) union with Hine-tū-pari-maunga, the personification of mountains and cliffs.
To fully experience this artwork, the viewer is invited to listen to their own music while viewing this animation. Magic correlations between sight and sound might occur and transport you into the depth of Paterson’s vision.
Further details can be found here.
Gallery artist André Hemer has spent the month of January as the artist-in-residence at The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). Operated by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program, the residency runs year-round and invites artists and writers to make works on-site for 4-6 weeks. While in residence, Hemer has been collecting videos, images, and 3D scans using the environment within the Museum campus — these will be developed into new paintings, sculptures, and video works to be shown during 2020. A selection of these newly created works will be exhibited at our Auckland Art Fair Booth at the end of April.
Director Gary Langsford spoke with Newshub about how investing in art could profitable in the long run.
"For people starting out in buying art, Langsford suggested visiting public and dealer galleries and talking to the dealers to get a sense of what's happening in the market.
"Get yourself on a mailing list, know what exhibitions and openings are coming up and see what sells - some artists sell out even before they open the show," Langsford said.
To identify emerging artists before buying, people are encouraged to watch the artist's career. If their artwork is picked up by a bigger gallery, showcased at museums or at overseas exhibitions, these are positive signs."
Read the full article here.
Gow Langsford Gallery is closed from midday Tuesday 24th December until Monday 6th January 2020 when we will be open by appointment only.
Our Kitchener St Gallery will be open with normal business hours from Monday 13th January, and Lorne Street will continue to be open by appointment. until early February.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
Paul and Fran Dibble have joined the Te Aho Tāmaka scheme that celebrates some of the Manawatū region's greatest achievers who have had success nationally and internationally. Set up by the Central Economic Development Agency, the scheme helps to provide opportunities to inspire and mentor future leaders across a variety of fields. Read the full article here.
Join Sara Hughes at the Auckland Art Gallery to celebrate the opening day of Hughes' new interactive Todd Centre Creative Learning Centre project All My Favourite Shapes on Saturday 30 November from 11-12. This new project uses magnetic coloured shapes allowing visitors to play with colour, composition, shape and pattern. Entry is free, for more details see here.
Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Kitchener Street, Auckland
Initially conceived for an exhibition at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2019
Supported by Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust
An avid surfer herself, Katharina Grosse has collaborated with Parley for the Oceans, an organisation to help raise awareness of the extreme amount of pollutants plaguing our oceans. 20 unique surfboards were created to support their Global Clean Up Network. See more information here.
Colin McCahon: There is Only One Direction, Volume One, 1919-1959, a 360-page hardback is the first of a comprehensive two-volume study of the art of Colin McCahon by Peter Simpson, a leading authority and author of several previous books on the artist, including Answering Hark (2001) and The Titirangi Years 1953-1959 (2007). Containing extensive new research, the book covers McCahon's life and career up to his return from his watershed visit to the USA in 1958. More than 220 works are reproduced, some for the first time, plus many photographs, facsimiles and reproductions. Martin Edmond, author of Dark Night: Walking with McCahon, says: 'It is a remarkable achievement'.
Please join us as we host the launch event for the publication in association with Auckland University Press on Thursday 10 October from 5-7pm. Peter Simpson will speak alongside John Gow, Luit Bieringa and Sam Elworthy.
Gow Langsford Gallery | Kitchener Street
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Sts
Thursday 10 October, 5-7pm
RSVP to email@example.com by Monday 7 October 2019.
Hamish Coney writes for Newsroom as he takes a journey across New Zealand through the many exhibitions featuring works by Colin McCahon as we celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday. "Just around the corner on Lorne Street at the same time was a wonderful exhibition at Gow Langsford Gallery entitled Across the Earth: 100 years of Colin McCahon which featured a tight grouping of the artist’s loose canvases from the 1970s. It was the sight of 1975’s Urewera Triptych which inspired this road trip."
Read the full article here.
New Zealand born, Vienna based artist André Hemer has joined the Hollis Taggart Contemporary stable based in Chelsea, New York. His works will be included at Untitled art fair in Miami in December with Hollis Taggart, with a solo exhibition planned for 2020. For further details, read the full announcement here.
521 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
Simon Ingram will turn music into art presenting a collaboration with Orchestra Wellington composer Alex Taylor to create a work live on stage using his painting machine in response to the music played by the Orchestra.
"It's this extraordinary work ... he's taken the inherent sounds of the robot and incorporated them electro-acoustically into the fabric of the score," conductor Mark Taddei said. Read the full article here.
'Pictures at an Exhibition' is on at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington on Friday 2 August. Tickets can be purchased here.
First presented at ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland in 2017, Ka paroro o haumumu: Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions at Dunedin Public Art Gallery is an expansion on this project following her residency in Otepoti Dunedin as part of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery New Zealand Visiting Artist Programme. The exhibition, on until 29 September, presents Monteith’s new video works, alongside a real-time process of inventorying collections of midden material loaned from Southland and Otago museums, performed by collaborators Vicki Lenihan (Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Kāi Tahu), Koreana Wesley-Evans (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha) and Baylee Smith (Ngāti Maniapoto). Read Alex's interview with the Otago Daily Times here, and for further information on this exhibition, see here.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
30 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016
Open daily from 10am-5pm
Now open at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston until 23 February 2020 is Mural: Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse. The exhibition features Jackson Pollock's largest painting ever, Mural (1943) alongside a newly commissioned work by Grosse. "The unprecedented pairing of Pollock and Grosse’s work demonstrates how the artists have each transformed painting through their innovative techniques and approaches to colour on a massive scale." Find more information here.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Open 7 days
Reuben Paterson is included in the Christchurch Art Gallery's new exhibition Wheriko - Brilliant! on until 16 February 2020. In te reo Maori 'wheriko' translates to sparkle, flash or glisten and this exhibition brings together light-based works from the Gallery's collection to explore the many ways that the role of light can play in art making and experiencing art. See more here.
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu
Open 7 days 10am-5pm, Wednesday 10am-9pm
Katharina Grosse is included in Artists I Steal From, an exhibition co-curated by Alvaro Barrington and Julia Peyton-Jones at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London. The exhibition, which runs until 9 August, is about looking at art through the eyes of an artist and acknowledging that artists have always borrowed from each other in some way. It features 49 artists, including Grosse's digital printed work onto silk, a bright trompe l'oeil, alongside the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Ellsworth Kelly, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol. Read more here.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London
27 Dover Street
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10-6pm
Join us on Sunday 30 June from 11am - 1pm to celebrate the completion of Gregor Kregar’s sculpture Double Twist, commissioned by Todd Property for the entrance of the seaside development, Long Bay Village.
Illuminated at night, Double Twist is comprised of two geometric archways. Each arch is made up of thousands of triangles of stainless steel, which have been delicately welded together to form multi-faceted, reflective surfaces.
Artist Gregor Kregar comments “The sculptures represent a focal point and create a sense of entrance to the heart of the Long Bay development.”
The artist will be present and refreshments will be served. Please join us to celebrate this momentous work.
Long Bay Village Plaza
Glenvar Ridge Road, Long Bay, Auckland
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 25 June 2019.
Emil McAvoy speaks with Jono Rotman about his recently published book Mongrelism, and his Matériel exhibition held at our Lorne Street gallery in 2017, as well as his practice and life living in San Francisco.
"My work is compelled by the potential for the physical photograph on a wall to transmit spirit. The making of a photograph is an act of transference. When using a large-format camera to make my images, I feel the subject is absorbed into the film." - Jono Rotman.
Read the full interview here.
Judy Millar and Katharina Grosse are both included in Frozen Gesture at Kunst Museum Winterthur alongside prominent artists, Gerhard Richter, David Reed, and contemporaries such as Franz Ackermann and Pia Fries. The exhibition presents the sheer range of gestures in contemporary painting "to create a fascinating display of works of exceptional painterly quality and inconceivable sensory appeal." Read more on their website here.
Kunst Museum Winterthur
Open Tuesday 10-8pm
Wednesday - Sunday 10-5pm
Sara Hughes is included in a new exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on until 29 September. In Motion: The Moving Parts of Contemporary Art features work from their collection as well as newly commissioned pieces by Hughes, Tiffany Singh, Rebecca Baumann, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding.
Hughes' commissioned work All My Favourite Shapes is influenced by her two sons aged 5 and 7, along with memories of playing Chinese checkers and draughts on miniature magnetic boards as a child. Talking with the Otago Daily Times, Hughes says ''There is this fantastical element of the work that takes the form of a giant magnetic board with a range of magnet shapes that can be moved on to, over and off its surface.'' Read the full article here.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
30 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016
Open daily from 10am-5pm
The 50th anniversary of the Larnach Castle balls in Dunedin has been marked with a newly commissioned sculpture by artist Paul Dibble. "We wanted a work with a connection to the university because the first ball was organised by students and I don't know how many student balls and events we have had here over the years," castle director Norcombe Barker said.
Read the full article here.
Both galleries will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Our Kitchener St Gallery will open on Easter Saturday with regular business hours from 10am to 4pm whilst our Lorne St Gallery will remain closed. We hope you have a safe and happy Easter!
A large bronze and corten steel piwakawaka, titled Gateway, has been installed on the corner of Main and Andrey Young Streets in Palmerston North for the public to enjoy. The sculpture has been installed with the hopes to complement the ongoing work of the Palmerston North Public Sculpture Trust. Read the full article here.
Seven of our artists, Reuben Paterson, Darryn George, Dick Frizzell, Michael Hight, Max Gimblett, John Walsh and Karl Maughan have created original artworks inspired by re-imagined hymns for 'Offering', a 12 track album by Hollie Smith and Teeks and the Auckland Gospel Choir.
The album is available to purchase on 26 April (CD and digital) and the original artworks, as well as limited edition prints, will be sold at an exhibition in Auckland in May, with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army.
Find out more here.
Three early works by John Walsh have been installed at the Britomart Project Space window at 26-28 Customs Street East, Auckland. The works installed from left to right are; Still Here (2013), Its Not Art, its Just a Scene (2014), and Whakapapatanga (2017). Contact us for further details and prices.
Highly acclaimed exhibition Oceania held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London that featured 170 works from the Pacific region has travelled to the Quai Branly Museum (Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac) in Paris on until 7 July 2019. The exhibition features John Pule's epic 5 panelled work Kehe tau hauaga foou (To all new arrivals). For further information about the exhibition, see here.
Dick Frizzell has been chosen as the next artist-in-residence at Alexandra's Henderson House for the next two to three months. This invite-only residency provides artists with a space to use at their will. Dick will be working on a series of South Island based paintings as well as illustrations for a new book; Me, According to the History of Art. Henderson House Trust chairman and artist Grahame Sydney said: "there is probably no more widely known name in New Zealand art than Dick Frizzell ... He is a relentless, obsessive worker, a brilliant hand and an immensely enjoyable personality". Other artists and writers who have spent time here include Gregory O'Brien, Peter Peryer, Warwick Freeman, and Vincent O'Sullivan. Read more here.
Judy Millar's largest survey exhibition The Future and The Past Perfect opened earlier this month at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland. This exhibition offers the opportunity to experience an overview of her oeuvre from the past 40 years. Early works on paper from the 1980s are exhibited alongside more recent works from the past couple of years. Read more here.
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Three landscapes by Dick Frizzell have been newly installed at the Britomart Project Space window at 26-28 Customs Street East, Auckland. The works installed from left to right are; Three Trees, (2013), Totaras (2018), and Mangawhai Winter (2018). Contact the gallery for further details.
Perpetual Guardian Sculpture on the Gulf opens tomorrow on Waiheke Island. This year, David McCracken will be presenting a fabricated stainless steel missile-shaped rocket Toward a Better World that will be anchored in the sea, similar to his 2007 Drop in the Ocean.
In an interview with Dionne Christian at NZ Herald, McCracken states: "Sculpture on the Gulf is one of the few places that you can put a work in the sea," he says. "That involves a lot of challenges because although it's a short-term work, it needs to endure marine conditions and the sheer relentlessness of the waves, but you can turn that into a positive because it's an energising force and, today, there's a lot of technology to draw upon from the maritime industry. You've got to be willing to take a risk, make everything robust and hope like hell that it all works out." Read the full article here.
Sculpture on the Gulf runs until 24 March 2019, opening 8am-5pm, Monday-Sunday. More details on how to book tickets here.
German collectors Alison and Peter Klein recently visited New Zealand and acquired a selection of works from New Zealand and Pacific artists, in particular, Darryn George and John Pule. These newly acquired works are now on display in Aus Der Südsee, translating to 'From the South Seas' on until 10 June 2019. The exhibition also consists of carvings, and tapas from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga presented as a celebration of Pacific culture. Read more here.
KUNSTWERK Sammlung Klein
SCAPE Public Art is fundraising to help make David McCracken's Diminish and Ascend sculpture a permanent fixture in Christchurch. They need $20,000 to help make the right improvements for it to become permanent and they are already 27% of the way. Any amount helps - to donate or find out more, see here.
Photographer Laurence Aberhart has works included After The War an exhibition at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. The exhibition covers all wars from the First World War to the present day and explores the ongoing impact on Australia. The exhibition opened in October 2018 and runs until October 2019.
Read more here.
The Australian War Memorial
Campbell ACT 2612
Open daily 10am-5pm
Australian artist Lisa Roet has been named as one of 44 chosen, who will be creating a unique table design for Art of Dining: Best of the Best held at the National Gallery of Victoria this May. The line up includes Australia’s leading artists, interior designers, couturiers, florists, stylists and retailers, where they are tasked with creating avant-garde table settings and experiences. The tables will be open to the public to view on Thursday 2 May and Friday 3 May. For further information, see here.
Sara Hughes' biggest project to date has begun being installed on the exterior of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in Auckland this past week. There are 98 glass fins in total that will wrap the western and eastern exterior of the building. The panels feature 60 different colours, taking inspiration from Hughes' upbringing in rural Northland. “The artwork reflects the experience of walking through the New Zealand bush and looking up through a canopy of trees to see the unique light and colour of the forest,’’ says Hughes. Read more here and here.
Max Gimblett: Original Mind documents the life and process of New Zealand born, New York based artist Max Gimblett and his devoted studio assistants. Directed by Rhys Mitchell in 2016, it was shown as part of the 2017 DocEdge Festival in New Zealand. It now available to watch on Vimeo for free here.
After three weeks since Gregor Kregar's Thinker (2018) was stolen from outside the gallery on Christmas Eve, it was returned safely on Tuesday 15 January. The sculpture was left outside the Salvation Army Church in Glen Eden with a note that read 'Please return to Gow Langsford Art Gallery Auckland'. Kregar and the Gallery staff are thrilled that the work has been returned with very little damage. Read the full article with comments from director's John Gow and Anna Jackson on the NZ Herald.
In the small hours of Christmas Day, a bronze sculpture was stolen from outside the Gallery. “Thinker” by renowned artist Gregor Kregar is a bronze 2m tall gnome that retails for $55,000. The work was only installed the week before Christmas.
The brazen thieves, in high visibility vests, spent a whole hour removing the work from its footing on the plinth situated on the corner of Wellesley and Kitchener Streets, before loading him into a vehicle parked outside the Gallery’s Kitchener St entrance. For twenty years Gow Langsford has exhibited works on this plinth for the public to see, this is the first time there has been an incident.
George Rickey's Three Squares Gyratory, Variation 2 has been named by The Press, Christchurch as one of the ten 'must see' exhibitions in Christchurch this January. Three Squares Gyratory, Variation 2 has been installed in Market Square, The Arts Centre for the SCAPE Public Art 2018/2019 season and will be on view until the end of summer.
Read the full article here or contact the gallery for further details about this work.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for your continued support of Gow Langsford over the past year. The Galleries are closed for the Summer break from 4pm Saturday 22nd December and both galleries will reopen on Monday 14th January with regular business hours. Our Kitchener St gallery will reopen with Summer hours (10am - 4pm) and the Lorne St gallery will be open by appointment from Monday 7th January 2019.
The Gow Langsford Gallery Sculpture Garden at The Vivian Gallery will remain open over the summer period from 11am-5pm, Thursday to Monday. For further information see here.
We look forward to seeing you in 2019 with an exciting exhibition schedule for the first half of the year, featuring solo exhibitions from Chris Heaphy, Bernar Venet, Simon Ingram and John Walsh. More information to be announced in the New Year.
"Like a conceptual flamethrower, Hemer's richly associative (and overtly decorative) works incinerate any notion of media purity, violently spurning intrinsic material properties, in a sense mocking art history with its lists of genius media specialists. Their rhetoric is mischievous and exciting, aggressively zeroing in on any limiting border in order to breach it."
Read the full article here.
On Armistice Day, Paul Dibble's latest commission work was unveiled in Featherston to honour the fading memory of the World War I Featherston Military Training Camp. The Featherston Military Training Camp was New Zealand's largest camp, in three years overseeing the training of more than 60,000 of the 100,000 New Zealanders who served overseas in Egypt, Palestine, and the Western Front. The memorial features colossal slanting bronze pillars at a height of 3.5m tall which took nearly 18 months to complete and cost around $600,000. The concept represents the soldier's marching from the camp through Featherston and over the Remutaka Ranges.
Artist Sara Hughes' recent mural Magma supported by Auckland's Uptown Business Association has received a Certificate of Merit Award by the International Downtown Association at the 64th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in San Antonio, Texas. “The IDA Awards recognise the best of the best in urban place management so for Uptown to receive this award is fantastic news both for our artist Sara Hughes and for the mural itself which, as well as deterring graffiti and vandalism, has become an attraction for public use as a backdrop in wedding photos, fashion photo shoots, ‘selfies’ and even as the cover photo on a popular magazine." Read more here.
At 27, John Walsh painted the epic 20m long mural Portrait of Ūawa Tolaga Bay which at the time was deemed too radical to ever be exhibited. Now 40 years later, it has finally been installed at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington. The exhibition also features a large number of other portraits painted by Walsh in this retrospective, open until 10 February 2019.
Photographer Jono Rotman has been featured in Issue #7876: The Portrait Issue of the British Journal of Photography for his Mongrel Mob images. "Though he is looking at the subculture as an outsider, Rotman eschews a traditional documentarian approach to his subject matter. In doing so, the project’s scope extends beyond the mob itself to touch upon issues related to New Zealand’s charged colonial past and self-professed biculturalism". See more here.
Dick Frizzell has put his stamp on the NZ music scene by designing the new Tui Trophy for the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards to be held on 15 November. Recorded Music NZ stated: "[the] new, bespoke award was created as a piece of art in its own respect to reward the creativity of artists in the music industry".
Musée D'Art Contemporain de Lyon is currently exhibiting a large retrospective of Bernar Venet's works spanning over 60 years with more than 170 works on display. This includes his early performance works, drawings, paintings, photographs, films and sculptures, of which he has become most known for. This exhibition is open until 6 January 2019.
Musée D'Art Contemporain de Lyon
Cité Internationale, 81 Quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon, France
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11-6pm, Saturday - Sunday 10-7pm
A selection of works by Darryn George can now be viewed in the Britomart Project Space window at 26-28 Customs Street East, Auckland. George will be exhibiting new works at our Lorne St Gallery from 31 October - 24 November.
Contact the gallery for further information on his work.
The Royal Academy of Arts in London latest exhibition Oceania brings together over 200 works from private and public collections from the Pacific. The timing of the exhibition also marks 250 years since Captain Cook's first voyage to the Pacific. John Pule's Kehe tau hauaga foou (To all new arrivals) concludes the overall exhibition. It is one of Pule’s largest works to dates with an impressive five panels that draw on global issues set within a Pacific viewpoint. A poet as well as a painter, this work tells a story of Pacific history past, yet the work is strongly cemented in the present.
The Oceania exhibition has been receiving extremely high praise and is attracting a lot of media attention. Read the review on The Economist 1843 here, a review in the Financial Times here, its five-star review on The Standard here, and it was called 'an astonishing blast of a show' by The Telegraph here.
29 September - 10 December 2018
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1J 0BD
Open daily 10am - 6pm
Fridays 10am - 10pm
Tony Cragg's solid bronze sculpture Mixed Feelings (2012) has now been installed in Christchurch for the 20th Anniversary of SCAPE Public Art. This 5.5m tall sculpture is located at the Christ's College Quadrangle in the central city where it will stay until January 2019.
Listen to Tony's interview here with Radio New Zealand host Kathryn Ryan as he talks about this sculpture and his remarkable career.
For further details on this work, or about the artists, please contact us.
Gregor Kregar's latest installation features an immersive Anthropocene Shelter made of recycled timber, tinfoil and neon, and stainless steel dinosaurs atop of folded aluminium rocks as part of Te Papa's Curious Creatures and Marvellous Monsters exhibition. The exhibition is on until 4 November 2018 as part of the new Toi Art spaces. Read the full review and interview with Gregor on NZ Herald here, and view further details about the exhibition here.
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Bernar Venet has been featured in a three-part article on Forbes.com discussing his upcoming major exhibitions in Lyon on until 6 January 2019 and in Nice opening 13 October - 13 January 2019. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 (Q&A) here, and Part 3 (Q&A continued) here.
For further details about Venet's works, visit his artist page.
A recent panel discussion held in Basel titled ‘Artist Talk | Artists’ Influencers’ features Katharina Grosse in discussion with Serpentine Galleries’ artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist, and whom Katharina names as one of her influences, installation-based artist Sarah Sze. Read the highlights of the discussion here, or watch the full panel here.
Judy Millar's exhibition Studies in Place has been reviewed by John Hurrell for EyeContact. "This is an interesting show about Judy Millar’s visual research: it examines compositional and chromatic possibilities within small sketches intended to be enlarged later and different techniques applied." Read the full article here.
Ocula has posted a report on the recent Sydney Contemporary held last week at Carriageworks. Gow Langsford presented a wide variety of works from New Zealand and international artists and were one of only four galleries from New Zealand present at the fair.
"Among its big-hitters (including two of Tony Cragg's twisted, column-like forms, and Ugo Rondinone's painted stone-and-steel sculpture black white orange mountain, 2016), Gow Langsford Gallery presented a fair highlight—Colin McCahon's large, un-stretched painting A Handkerchief for St Veronica (1973). McCahon's painting is said to depict the Tasman sea (an inscription on the canvas reads 'Kaipara Flat – Looking West'), and displays much of the New Zealand artist's signature style, namely his interrogation of the New Zealand landscape and elements of spirituality through a modernist lens infused with the use of painted text. The work was previously shown at this year's Art Basel in Hong Kong, raising the question of why an institution or savvy collector has yet to pick it up. That being said, it is unclear whether or not Sydney is the place to spark such interest, as there didn't appear to be many of the country's curators on the ground, something noted by several gallerists, but contradicted in the fair's press statement."
Read the full report here.
Tony Cragg is included in a large group exhibition at The Parkview Museum Singapore on until 19 January 2018. Intriguing Uncertainties: A Contemporary Art Exhibition is curated by Dr. Lorand Hegyi that focuses on 'singular socio-cultural constellations as well as specific and situational meanings, based on anthropological considerations [...] Through the visual narrative of obscurity, uncertainty and improbability, the artists of this exhibition bring the viewers on a journey through the multifaceted nature of human existential experiences and an extremely complex, destabilizing but also intriguing and fascinating poetic universe." Read more about the exhibition here.
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Selected works from Jono Rotman's controversial Mongrel Mob portrait series are now on display in the Swiss town of Vevey as part of their Art Festival. Featuring 61 bodies of work from 19 countries, each of the works explores the theme of Extravaganza - Out of the Ordinary and are on display until 30 September 2018. The Guardian has named Rotman's presentation as one of the six not to be missed - read more here.
Judy Millar will present her first ever solo exhibition in London at FOLD Gallery opening this Thursday 13 September until Saturday 20 October. The View from Nowhere will feature six new works where 'form becomes the graph of activity'. 'The appearance of “things” emerges from the web of painted lines and fields of colour. Things hard to name but fleetingly apparent establish a semi-believable pictorial space.' Read the full exhibition text here.
The Guardian included this exhibition on their list of 'Five of the best... exhibitions'. Read the full article here.
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Last week global brand H&M opened its Auckland flagship store as part of the new Commercial Bay redevelopment on the corner of Queen and Customs Street. Reuben Paterson collaborated with Emil Woodruffe from Spyglass to create a flora and fauna animation projected onto the facade of the 3-storey building to celebrate its opening.
André Hemer has been interviewed by Steven Cox for Hunted Projects. He discusses his daily routine, how his works are affected by various digital technologies and what goes into producing his works. Later in November this year, Gow Langsford will host a solo exhibition of new works by Hemer.
Read the full interview here.
Jan De Vliegher has a new solo exhibition of works on view at Galerie Zwart Huis in Belgium. Garden features works inspired by the Kew Gardens in London and in Monet's gardens in Giverny. The exhibition is on until 9 September 2018.
For further information, see here.
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Works by Australian artist Lisa Roet have recently been installed in the Britomart Project Space at 26-28 Customs Street East, Auckland. These works feature Roet's main protagonist, the ape, depicted in a variety of forms through sculpture and photography.
Please contact us for further details on the works or the artist.
SCAPE Public Art in Christchurch will be celebrating their 20th anniversary and the presentation of works for the 2018 Season is going to be bigger and better than ever. A 5.5m tall sculpture by Tony Cragg has been announced as the first work, marking the first time a work of this scale by Cragg will be presented publically in New Zealand. The bronze sculpture will be installed at the Christ's College Quadrangle in the city centre for the duration of the SCAPE season (6 October - 17 November) and will remain there over Summer until January 2019.
Gow Langsford Gallery along with the SCAPE Public Art Trust and the Philipp Family Foundation has facilitated getting this magnificent work to Christchurch. Director Gary Langsford comments: “It is wonderful to have the opportunity to work with SCAPE in its 20th year. They’ve been pioneering and ambitious in bringing world-class public art to Christchurch [...] Our organisations have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship, and the 20th anniversary of SCAPE provided the perfect opportunity to bring a monumental work by Tony Cragg to New Zealand".
The Season will officially open on Saturday 6 October. Further artists are set to be announced over the coming months.
Out of a total of 463 entries, Gallery artists Martin Ball and Hugo Koha Lindsay have been announced as finalists for the 2018 Parkin Drawing Award. Both have been finalists in the past, with Lindsay being awarded a Merit Award last year. The works will be exhibited in Wellington at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts from 17 July - 19 August 2018. The winner will be announced at the opening on Monday 16 July.
Read more here, or contact us for further details.
Reuben Paterson and John Pule are included in a new exhibition at Tauranga Art Gallery Children of Mallarmé: Fashion, Art & Collaboration on until 16 September 2018. Curated by Peter Shand and Karl Chitham, this exhibition surveys visual artists who have collaborated with fashion designers in New Zealand and Australia over the past 30 years. John Pule's works are exhibited beside designer Doris de Pont's garments and Reuben Paterson's glittering collaboration with WORLD shows how art and fashion work cohesively. Read more here.
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For the final days of the Auckland Art Fair at The Cloud, Auckland Waterfront, Gow Langsford presents a solo exhibition of new works by John Pule.
As a writer, poet, printmaker and painter, John Pule weaves into his works a narrative rich in culture, specifically inspired by his birthplace, Niue and the greater Pacific region. The twelve works presented at this year’s Fair are small-scale paintings that depict quiet moments filled with hope, serenity and love amongst surrealist landscapes in hues of blues and greens.
The Fair is open 10am-5pm this Saturday and Sunday. Contact us for further details.
Emerging artist, Hugo Koha Lindsay joined Gow Langsford's stable of artists in 2017. His most recent exhibition, But will it float, furthered his exploration and ongoing interest in the urban environment and the emotional and behavioural effects these landscapes have on us. Continuing on from this exhibition, seven new paintings will be exhibited at the Auckland Art Fair. Loosely described as monoprints, each work is produced using techniques that engage with the architectural space of the artist's studio.
Contact us for further details on these works, or visit Booth D3 today to learn more.
New works by Dale Frank will be presented over the next two days (Wednesday 23rd - Thursday 24th) at the Auckland Art Fair 2018 at The Cloud, Auckland Waterfront.
Dale Frank’s name is synonymous with contemporary art in Australasia. With paintings selected specifically for the Auckland Art Fair, this body of new work demonstrates the versatile, playful and innovative nature that Dale Frank's practise has come to be known for. Predominately labelled a painter, Frank’s work traverses into the realms of sculpture, as he continues to push his medium to the very limit. Unconventional materials such as multi-coloured wigs, compression foam, coloured varnish, Swarovski crystals and glitter are utilised to create complex pieces that are striking and utterly unique. Further works by Dale Frank can be viewed at the Britomart Project Space, 26-28 Customs St East over the duration of the Fair.
Further works can be viewed here.
Tony Cragg's exhibition at our Lorne St Gallery has been reviewed by John Hurrell for Eye Contact.
"Three of the four cast bronzes have a particular fluidity where the texture of the headlike form seems like liquid pouring over rocky or arboreal outcrops that are dramatically tilted at unusual angles. They look geological and eroded, and the facial profiles are not obvious. They take time to discover."
Read more on the Eye Contact site. The exhibition runs until 5th July 2018.
Gallery directors John Gow and Gary Langsford have been at the helm of Gow Langsford since it opened 31 years ago, and have been extremely dedicated to the arts in New Zealand. This was recognised as they were both awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit as part of the New Year Honour List (see the full list here) for their services to the arts. On 2nd May, they were both formally awarded this distinguished title at an intimate Investiture ceremony held by the New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy at Government House, Auckland.
The recently refurbished Te Papa Tongarewa exhibition space Toi Art is now open and features a new long-term exhibition Kaleidoscope: Abstract Aotearoa, Anō he kōpere: Te reo tohu including works by our gallery artist, Reuben Paterson. This exhibition explores how abstract art has been reimagined by artists in the Pacific through use of colour, shape and pattern. Paterson's work Te Putahitanga o Rehua, 2005 features a single channel digital video projected onto a glittering surface.
This work is part of Te Papa's long-term collection and exhibition.
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Gallery artist Lisa Roet has just finished installing her second large-scale installation work atop of the Opposite House Hotel, Beijing, China as the focal point for the month-long festival to discuss global issues around sustainability and Beijing Earth Hour. Skywalker features the newly discovered Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon found predominately in China. The inflatable sculpture has a 20m arm span and is constructed from solar sensitive materials with sound and lighting components included.
Gow Langsford Gallery is gearing up for Art Basel Hong Kong 2018, opening officially tomorrow night. We are presenting works from one of New Zealand's most prolific artists, Colin McCahon, which will mark the first major exhibition of his works in Asia. Find us at Booth 3D42. Read more about 'What's Trending at Art Basel Hong Kong' on The New York Times here.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5pm to 9pm
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 1pm to 9pm
Friday, March 30, 2018, 1pm to 8pm
Saturday, March 31, 2018, 11am to 6pm
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Two works from Dale Frank held in the Chartwell Collection are currently exhibited as part of the Auckland Art Gallery's new exhibition Other People Think: Auckland's Contemporary International Collection. Over the past 10 years, the Auckland Art Gallery's collection has grown extensively and is now one of the most prominent international collection of contemporary art in New Zealand. There are currently five works by Dale Frank held in the collection and the two on exhibition are; #-http://www.free-nude-male-celebs.com/johnnydepp/johnnydepp003.html, 2001, acrylic and varnish on canvas, 2000 x 2000mm, and Lately he had been spending much time in quiet dull thought. So many of his artist friends were happy. And he just could not understand why. He was not happy. Their art was not better than his, their press not better. Maybe, he realised, that it was just him, he was a loser, a chiller, a shit. But how could he turn that into art he thought, and get rich from it., 2006, acrylic and varnish on canvas, 2000 x 2000mm.
The exhibition will run until 10th June 2018.
A new site-specific exhibition by Katharina Grosse has just opened at the National Gallery in Prague titled Wunderbild. Metres of draped fabric with Grosse's signature spray paint application covers the walls of the Big Hall in the Trade Fair Palace which "radically redefines painting as a performative and architectural medium" (National Gallery of Prague).
The exhibition is open until 6 January 2019. For further information and images, see here.
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A new article on Contemporary HUM by Jodie Dalgleish explores Judy Millar's recent body of work and discusses her practice.
"Then, I see that each painting’s spatial action comes not only from its curving ‘brushstrokes’ but also from the possibilities of colour. Framed ‘colour focal fields,’ as I call them with Millar’s approval, become characteristic of the work and precipitate formal interactions that are constantly backgrounded and foregrounded in layers of painterly detail." - Jodie Dalgleish
Read the full article here.
While Gow Langsford Gallery was closed over the Christmas break, Katharina Grosse was busy over in Sydney completing her latest commissioned work at Carriageworks. The Horse Trotted Another Couple Of Metres, Then It Stopped, 2018, is constructed from 8250 square metres of fabric, that is draped, hung, scrunched and folded and painted upon by Grosse. The installation is open until 8 April 2018. Grosse was interviewed by The Daily Telegraph which can be read here.
Copyright: © 2018 Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn; Commissioned by Carriageworks, Sydney, Australien; Courtesy Gagosian.
Both Galleries will be closed from midday Friday 22 December and will reopen on Monday 8 January 2018. Our current exhibitions, Looking Back: A New Zealand Perspective at Lorne St and Summer Exhibition at Kitchener St will continue through to 27 January. We wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.
Simon Ingram’s Radio Painting Station: Looking for the Waterhole features in Open Codes: Living in Digital Worlds, curated by Peter Weibel at ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. The work collects and materialises invisible cosmic energy as a series of painted compositions. It is an enlarged adaptation of Radio Painting Station installed at JAR in Auckland (2015) curated by Wystan Curnow, and an earlier work commissioned for Dark Sky (2012) curated by Tina Barton. The work at ZKM features a 4.5-metre long horn-type radio antenna projecting out of the building, which concentrates, filters, amplifies and digitizes cosmic energy for a mechatronic system to codify as a series of 1.6m square painted compositions inside the building.
Ingram notes: ‘I wanted to reposition the theme of expressing higher powers or unseen forces by using technical methods to paint invisible cosmic radio energy. Part of this was to rephrase the production of abstract images as a contemporary one by developing Vilém Flusser’s notion of the ‘technical image’. This is the non-narrative composition arising in response to increased abstraction, big data and technical change in human culture. In Flusser’s telling, technical images are made from devices that can see what we can’t see, experience what we can’t experience, able to bring together invisible quanta, such as photons and electrons and bits/bytes of information as images.’
The artist acknowledges the support of Kamahi Electronics, the Chartwell Trust, and Elam at The University of Auckland. The exhibition will run until 5 August 2018. For further information, see here.
In 2016, André Hemer was awarded the prestigious Paramount Award at the Wallace Art Awards with the prize being a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. Opening on 1st December, Gow Langsford will present a new body of works which have all been completed over the course of this residency. Open for only a short time until 3 December, this open studio will be held at The 360 Space, 104 Charlton St, New York 10014. On Saturday 2nd December, Hemer will be holding a talk in conversation with Helen Klisser During about these new works from 4 pm. Contact the gallery for further information.
Dick Frizzell has joined four other New Zealand artists for the latest Art Ache event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dick Frizzell's first exhibition using the tiki at Gow Langsford Gallery. Each artist has created a print that presents their interpretation of the tiki and what it means to them. Signed prints are available online and at a one night only event which will be held at Golden Dawn, Ponsonby on 23 November 2017, from 5 pm. All of the artists will be present on the night, with all sales of Frizzell's A4 print going to Paw Justice.
Gallery artist Antonio Murado is one of 30 artists included in OCCUPY MANA: Friends in Solidarity (Year 1) at Mana Contemporary, New Jersey. Open until 16 December 2017, this exhibition curated by Phong Bui and Rail Curatorial Projects is a response to the current political agendas implemented by the Trump government as an act of unification and solidarity. For further details, visit their website here.
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The 2017 SCAPE Public Art Season has begun and Gallery artist Gregor Kregar has a big presence in this year's line up. The most significant work is The Glass Pavilion made from handmade glass bricks, recycled wood and repurposed neon, building upon previous site-specific sculptures of a similar nature. Four works from his 2015 Lost World series can be found outside of the Christchurch Casino, as well as a more recent work Terminator T-Rex, 2017 situated near the Arts Centre. These works and more can be viewed until 18 November, and more information can be found on their website here.
The Crossing in central Christchurch has recently been reopened after its closure due to the devastating earthquake in February 2011. A massive development costing $140 million of the commercial complex has been complete with businesses and shoppers now making their way back into the City Centre.
Property developer Philip Carter was at the helm of this undertaking, adding a personal touch to the development with a Paul Dibble sculpture as one of its main features. Carter's home was severely damaged, collapsing down a 100m cliff, along with Dibble's The Sleepwalker from 2008. Carter managed to stop thieves from cutting the sculpture up and has rescued and repaired it, where it now is proudly cantilevered over Kettlewell Lane. Carter says its a symbol of the City coming through a disaster and being much strong for it. For further information about this, see here.
This Drove my Mother up the Wall, a new site-specific interior installation by Katharina Grosse is open at South London Gallery until 3 December 2017. The main exhibition space becomes Grosse's canvas, where she used large foam stencils placed strategically on the floor and parts of the surrounding walls to control and filter her spraying technique. The overall effect is dramatic and all-encompassing. For further information, see here.
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Bernar Venet has launched Poetic? Poétique ? Anthologie 1967-2017, the first poetry book by Venet that captures his entire range of poetry. "Written in French, English or with mathematical signs, the poems of Bernar Venet—lists, texts in prose and diagrams – serve to display information in a poetic fashion. In his literary creations, Bernar Venet brings a visual and musical dimension to the knowledge he portrays on paper."
The book can be purchased from Jean Boite Editions here.
Alex Monteith has a new exhibition open at ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland. Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions has been an ongoing project for Monteith for over six years revisiting a collection of material from Te Mimi o Tū Te Rakiwhānoa (Fiordland coastal and marine area) held at Southland Museum and Art Gallery Niho o Te Taniwha. Monteith has been working with local iwi to facilitate the research and reappraisal of this collection. The exhibition consists of the collection, and a video installation by Monteith Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions, In Light of Time (2017), alongside photographs by Mark Adams' from 2014. The exhibition runs until 27 October 2017. For further details about this exhibition, see here.
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Aberhart Starts Here, a new exhibition featuring works by one of New Zealand's most prolific living photographers, Laurence Aberhart opens at Christchurch Art Gallery on 15 September 2017. Early and unseen photographs of Christchurch will be exhibited until 6 February 2018.
"Between 1975 and 1983, when the internationally-renowned New Zealand artist lived in and around Christchurch, he began to photograph the everyday world around him. Christchurch is where Aberhart developed his eye for the things that later brought his work to international prominence: his interest in the vanishing past, vernacular histories, and typological series, all emerged over this period."
For more information on this exhibition, visit their website here.
Gow Langsford Gallery is participating in the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair from 7 - 10 September 2017. The gallery's booth (B02) features an international line up of artists including five significant works by Tony Cragg, and works by Dale Frank, Lee Ufan, Brett Whiteley, Rosalie Gascoigne, and Katharina Grosse. Works by prominent New Zealand artists, such as Colin McCahon, Judy Millar, Paul Dibble, Max Gimblett, and André Hemer will also be exhibited during the course of the Art Fair. Sydney Contemporary is held at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, with the opening hours as below.
Opening Hours & Dates
Wednesday 6 September: By invitation only
Thursday 7 September: 5 - 9pm
General Opening Hours
Thursday 7 September: 12 - 5pm
Friday 8 September: 11 - 6pm
Saturday 9 September: 10 - 6pm
Sunday 10 September: 10 - 5pm
A new exhibition, Out of the ordinary, at Art Gallery of New South Wales featuring a work by Sara Hughes has just opened. The exhibition featuring prominent New Zealand and Australian contemporary artists comprises of works drawn from the Gallery's ARTAND Emerging Artist Collection all of which engage with everyday materials in unsuspecting and transformative ways. The exhibition is open until August 2018. For further information, visit their website.
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It has just been announced that Judy Millar will be undertaking a new public installation project for Heron Park, Waterview, Auckland. The Albert-Eden Local Board, Heron Park Advisory Group and the Waterview community have been working on getting a public art installation to the area for almost 10 years. With funding by Auckland Council's regional public art capital budget, this major public installation will become a reality. Millar will begin work on the design this month and the expected completion date is late 2018.
For further information, visit the Auckland Council website here.
A new public exhibition by Sara Hughes has opened at Tauranga Art Gallery until 27 October 2017. Willow is an interactive installation as part of their major atrium project for 2017. Hughes discusses the exhibition below:
My new installation for the Tauranga Art Gallery titled 'Willow' extends on my deep interest in the ways that art can interact and engage with site and add to people’s experience of place. During visits to Tauranga in the lead up to this exhibition, I have come across a range of factors that have informed my ideas and thinking. Discovering an old stained glass window (from Tauranga’s first Library built in 1931) housed within the current Library (opposite the Gallery) sparked my curiosity to learn more about Willow Street; its history and its architecture. This research informs the project giving it layers of meaning that can be approached in a range of ways by the audience.
Key aspects of the work are the geometries of the built space we live within. I have referenced specific shapes and forms found on Willow Street to engage in a wider dialogue about urban space. Silhouette’s from window frames and positive and negative architectural shapes will be echoed throughout the atrium; overlapping in transparent layers of vinyl on the gallery windows, on the walls of the atrium and within the wooden blocks in the centre of the lobby that invite viewers to create their own architectural structures. I have been working with the Menz shed to create these blocks, sourced from local wood - personal, physical and conceptual connections are an important aspect of this work.
My two sons aged 3 and 5 are a strong influence on my current practice and I enjoy watching them create and demolish elaborate block constructions. This visual and spatial learning is an important developmental phase for children and continues to intrigue adults. My work picks up on this intrinsic human desire and need to build – inviting people of all ages into the lobby to engage with my project and ideas.
For further information, visit their website here.
Hugo Koha Lindsay was awarded one of 10 Merit Awards in the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize for his graphite and acrylic work, Forensic cue 1. There were an impressive 500 works submitted, which was short listed down to just 84 finalists. An exhibition of the finalist works is now open until 3 September at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington. All of the exhibited works are for sale.
For more information on the award and this year's winners, visit their website.
Freshly installed in the Britomart Project Space located at 26-28 Customs Street East are three of Max Gimblett's latest screenprint series, South Pacific Paradise. This new series was completed earlier this year and features his signature sweeps of colours in the tondo format. The three prints exhibited are; Simple Way, Resevoir, and Untitled.
Contact the gallery for information on further prints that are available in this series, or view them here.
Over a year in the making, Judy Millar's Rock Drop has been unveiled to the public. The South Atrium, with its complex architectural arrangement providing the junction between the old and the new, has been transformed by this large installation work in true Millar fashion. Rock Drop was made possible with the support of Auckland Sculpture Trust, Auckland Contemporary Arts Trust and Auckland Art Gallery Foundation 2016 annual appeal and it will be exhibited until 2019.
For further information, visit the Auckland Art Gallery website here.
Gow Langsford artists Hugo Koha Lindsay and Martin Ball have just been announced as finalists in the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize, New Zealand's premier award for drawing. Ball's work Ali-Clay, 2016 showcases his skill with graphite and his ability to produce these hyper-realist portraits with such detail. Lindsay's work Forensic Cue 1, 2017 utilises a mixed medium approach with a bold use of graphite and acrylic.
For more information on the Parkin Prize, visit their website here.
Gallery artists Judy Millar (2002 winner), Sara Hughes (2005 winner), Richard Lewer (2008 winner), and Andre Hemer (2016 winner) are all included in the 25 Years of Paramount Winners exhibition at the TSB Wallace Arts Centre from 4 July - 3 September 2017. The Paramount Award is the most prestigious of the annual Wallace Art Awards and grants the winner a residency overseas. Recent winner, Andre Hemer, has just started his six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York.
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Gallery artist Reuben Paterson alongside Lonnie Hutchinson present a new installation of works at Te Uru Gallery titled Relative Reciprocity to celebrate Matariki. This exhibition presents their works as conversations and explorations of similarities in aesthetics, politics and their spiritual use of light and darkness.
For more information about this exhibition, visit the Te Uru website here.
Open from 24 June - 20 August 2017.
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Katharina Grosse has unleashed her bright and bold sweeping spray paint in a new site specific public installation in Denmark as part of the group show by ARoS titled THE GARDEN - End of Times; Beginning of Times from 3 June - 30 July 2017.
Asphalt Air and Hair, 2017, is included in the third part of the larger triennial; The Garden - The Future, which explores the artists responses to environmental changes. The installations are part of the larger Aarhus as European Capital of Culture 2017.
For more information, visit the ARoS website here.
"There is also interest in inconsistency or saturation of colour, the way that in a stroke the hue becomes anaemic, losing over distance its chromatic power so that a continuous line becomes watery. Then there are the lines that result from wet strokes being applied on wet backgrounds; the supporting colour underneath creating a streaky marbling effect within the robot-drawn linear vector. These lines are normally more rigid and less frenetic than the wobblier hand-drawn flourishes."
Read the full review here.
A brand new installation by Sara Hughes will be unveiled this Saturday from 5pm at the Tauranga Art Gallery. Willow is Hughes' major atrium project for the Tauranga Art Gallery, drawing on references to the local architecture and histories within the area. The name is derived from the street that separates and connects Tauranga Art Gallery to the council buildings that sit opposite, with the work encouraging participants to engage, interact, and reflect on the nature of our built environment. The installation will run until 27 October 2017, and for more information see here.
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Simon Ingram in collaboration with Austrian artist Anna-Maria Bogner currently has an exhibition titled Lines on at Basement Wien, Vienna from 9 - 25 June. Lines sees Bogner's work fuse with Ingram's 'painting machine' which converts sketches and drawings done by Ingram on his phone through the machine and onto canvas. For further images and video of this installation, see here.
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Physical and virtual taonga are unified in the exhibition Pūkana whakarunga! Pūkana whakararo! curated by Suzanne Tamaki. Referencing the heralding of Matariki, the exhibition brings heaven and earth into closer conversation. Contemporary artworks by leading and emerging Māori artists are paired with virtual taonga from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, accessed via visitors’ mobile devices.
And as part of the events, there will be a High Tea and kōrero with Suzanne Tamaki and Reuben Paterson on Wednesday 21 June from 5:30 pm. Koha entry for Te Whare Rokiroki / Women’s Refuge. Visit the Facebook event for more information.
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61/69 Abel Smith Street
Te Aro, Wellington 6012
Open: Weekdays 10 - 8pm, Weekends 10 - 4pm, closed on public holidays
New Zealand photographer and represented artist Jono Rotman has been awarded the prestigious Image Vevey Book Award for 2017/2018 for his Mongrel Mob photographic series. Rotman has dedicated over 10 years exploring this subject matter which will now cumulate in the creation of a book project aided by the Amis d'Images. The award of a EUR 9,000 grant to assist in this publication was a unanimous decision by the jury. The jury consisting of artist Christian Marclay, Simon Baker (Curator of photography and international art, Tate London), Lars Boering (Managing Director, World Press Photo Amsterdam), Darius Himes (Head of Photographs, Christie’s New York), and Luce Lebart (Director of the Canadian Photography Institute) commented:
"In his work Rotman demonstrates an unusual and highly sophisticated sensitivity to the ethical and practical concerns associated with a documentary project of this scope. The result is both visually compelling and textually rich. Comprised of portraits, archival material, and a comprehensive series of interviews to be designed as a kind of handbook for the self-defined “Mongrel Mob”, a balance of form and content will ultimately define the finished book."
Rotman was selected as the sole winner from 194 applications submitted from 34 countries. For further information on this award, visit the Images Vevey website here.
Gow Langsford Gallery has returned to Christchurch with a second pop-up exhibition at The Tannery, Woolston. The large warehouse space is again transformed with works by three of our prominent artists; Karl Maughan (b. 1964), Paul Dibble (b. 1943), and Antonio Murado (b. 1964).
The exhibition will run until Sunday 25th June.
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200 Cumnor Terrace
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Closed Mondays.
"South Pacific Paradise" is the title of a new series of screenprints by Max Gimblett now available at the gallery. With this series of prints, Gimblett has chosen to work with the "tondo" format rather than his usual quatrefoil.
Max notes that these works are reflective of the sun and the moon, and of the philosophy of time having no beginning nor end. Bound within each tondo are Max's signature gestural and sweeping brushstrokes of colour, with each hue chosen to reflect those of the colours of the South Pacific.
Contact us for a list of the available works, or for further information.
Gow Langsford Gallery welcomes Hugo Koha Lindsay into its stable of artists. Lindsay’s abstract surfaces take reference from their surroundings and from the process of painting. Creases are captured in the process of the canvas being stretched, rubbings are made and marks mirrored from his studio walls and floor. Lindsay’s work often reflects the structure of the ubiquitous digital screen, where space is constructed in layers that acknowledge tabs or windows. His practice considers the greater complexities of today’s relationship between the digital and the physical, which continues to shift with the progression of digital culture.
Lindsay has been the recipient of numerous recent awards including the Molly Morpeth Canaday Painting and Drawing Award, 2016; the Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award, 2015; the Parkin Drawing Prize Merit Award, 2015; the Walker and Hall, Zinni Douglas Merit Award, 2014; and the Francis Erwin Hunt Scholarship, 2011.
Contact us for further information.
A selection of Dick Frizzell's I'm here for the Monkey series is now installed at the Britomart Project Space located at 26-28 Customs Street East, Britomart.
This series was completed last year for the Auckland Art Fair 2016 and boosted an impressive display of 100 individual, unique works on canvas each sized at 200 x 200mm. This project, and namesake of the series, is based on his Phantom works that began in the 1970s which developed from the interests of the artist’s self-proclaimed ‘misspent comic-book youth'.
For further information on these works, please contact us.
The inaugural Te Tuhi Secret Art Sale opens this weekend with gallery artists Sara Hughes, Graham Fletcher, and Gregor Kregar all contributing original artworks that will be available to purchase, but there is a catch. The artworks are exhibited anonymously and once the sale is complete, the artist will be revealed. Each postcard sized work is priced at $80 with all the works donated by well-recognised artists, architects, and designers. The proceeds will go towards the Te Tuhi Commissioning Fund, and for a new collector, this is a great way to get your hands on some original works. For more information, see here.
Open from 11 - 4pm, Satuday 6 May and Sunday 7 May
Preview: 10 - 11am, Saturday 6 May
George Fraser Gallery, 25A Princes Street, Auckland
Max Gimblett: Original Mind is set to have its international premiere in May/June. The documentary, directed by Rhys Mitchell, features the artistic practice of Max Gimblett with an intimate look at his studio in New York where Max and his assistants share how his magnificent works are created. With a philosophy of 'all mind-no-mind', this documentary promises to reveal the techniques used and how Max expresses his Buddist beliefs through his art.
The film will be premiered at The Roxy in Wellington on Friday 19th May and Sunday 21st May (tickets available here), and in Auckland at Q Theatre on Friday 2nd June and Sunday 4th June (tickets available here).
For more information, visit the DocEdge website here.
A new collaborative exhibition between gallery artist Andre Hemer and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery curator Andrew Clifford opens this Saturday 29 April from 4pm. Watching Windows is a group exhibition featuring international artists with an overarching theme exploring the interplay between the digital and physical world portrayed through various medium.
Andre Hemer and artists will be holding an artist talk at 3pm before the official opening. For more on this exhibition, visit the website here.
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
420 Titirangi Road
Monday - Sunday
10am to 4.30pm
The Hawke's Bay Museums Trust has acquired Jono Rotman's Ōmarunui photographic series which references the battle that took place there on October 12, 1866. On this series and the events that occurred, Jono states; "Beyond my ancestral proximity, I feel the events in Ōmarunui are a microcosm of the wider tectonics of that period in the nation’s history and hold relevance to this day".
2 of the 6 works in this series were gifted by Gow Langsford and Jono Rotman to the Trust, alongside the 4 other purchased works. They will be on display at MTG Hawke's Bay later this year.
For more on this acquisitions, see here, or contact the gallery for further information.
Auckland Arts Festival White Night is back for 2017 this weekend (Saturday 18 March) from 6-10pm. The Lorne St and Kitchener St Galleries will be open until 10pm with Paul Dibble's The Geometrics, and a solo showcase of Damien Hirst works at Kitchener St.
During the evening, we will have a one-off book sale at our Kitchener Street Gallery. Artist monographs, exhibition catalogues, and publications will be on sale for a limited time. Visit us to buy some great books at special prices. For more information on White Night, see here.
A selection of Richard Lewer's sandpaper works are now on display at the Britomart Project Space located at 26-28 Customs Street East, Britomart, Auckland. Proclaiming things such as "Don't waste my time" and "My girlfriend is hard work", Lewer's works are confronting, yet relatable and draw on social, cultural, and political concerns. For more information, please contact us.
GRID / COLOUR / PLANE opened at the Malcolm Smith Gallery at Uxbridge Arts & Culture Centre over the weekend which includes Sara Hughes and Hugo Koha Lindsay, curated by Julian McKinnon. The group exhibition brings together seven non-figurative Auckland painters and is on exhibition until 22nd April 2017.
Malcolm Smith Gallery
Monday - Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Thursday open until 8:00PM
35 Uxbridge Road
Reuben Paterson is one of eight New Zealand artists presented in The River Lie, now open at The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson. The prominent theme of the exhibition is to expose landscapes in various forms and mediums, with works that 'complicate the landscape'. Four works of Paterson's are included showcasing his artistic skill in manipulating glitter on canvas, and working sculpturally.
The River Lie runs until Sunday 28 May 2017, with more information available on their website here. To read the interview with The Suter Art Gallery curator Sarah McClintock featured in the Nelson Mail and on Stuff.co.nz, see here.
Darryn George's new solo exhibition Prayers and Progress opened last week at Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch. The show combines two series of works that have drawn their inspiration from the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010-11.
‘There was a period just after the Christchurch earthquake, in February 2011, when I started painting word paintings with the word ‘Atua’, Atua is the Maori translation for God. Repeated over and over, the word appears like a prayer for help. Sometimes the words are small like whispered prayers, sometimes they are big like prayers voiced in panic! As the series grew I started to extend the vocabulary to use the words Rata (Doctor), Kaitiaki (Keeper) and Takuta (Physician).’
Darryn George, August 2012
Prayers and Progress is on until 23 March 2017, and Darryn will be giving an artist's talk on Thursday 2 March from 12.30pm.
Gallery artist, Hye Rim Lee, is included in the large group exhibition of 25-30 glass installations at Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida. The mixed media exhibition incorporates performance, video, interactive media, design, and video games to showcase the numerous methods in which glass can be utilised and to showcase the material in other means than its traditional use. The works included all deal with important global issues, such as race, identity, and climate change.
The exhibition runs until 2 July 2017. For further information, see the Boca Raton website here.
This weekend Sara Hughes will unveil her latest large-scale public mural painted on the Watercare Khyber Pass reservoir situated on the corner of Symonds St and Mount Eden Road, commissioned by the Uptown Business Association. Using 240 litres of paint, the mural takes inspiration from the volcanic landscape that makes up Auckland, using vibrant red, yellow, pink and orange shades. The mural will be on this wall for five to ten years.
To read the Stuff interview with Sara about this project, see here, or contact us for further information.
Gallery artist Katharina Grosse’s solo exhibition Gagosian Gallery opens this week in New York and will run until 11 March. Last year the renowned gallery announced she would be joining their stable of represented artists, with this show marking Katharina's first solo gallery exhibition in New York and a significant milestone in her career which continues to attract global attention. The exhibition will feature selected large canvas works from the past 12 months, alongside sculptural works. For more information, see here.
Contemporary HUM launches today as the first centralised platform dedicated to documenting and generating critical discussion on New Zealand visual arts and creative disciplines presented abroad.
Jodie Dalgleish discusses Andre Hemer's recent work in Paris and Vienna as an opening feature.
Find out more and read Jodie Dalgleish's essay here.
The Francis Hodgkins Fellowship is a prestigious award given out each year, with the first one awarded in 1966 to Michael Illingworth. Artists such as Ralph Hotere, Grahame Sydney, and Julia Morison, have all been recipients. In 2003, our own gallery artist, Sara Hughes was given this award. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Hocken Collection have collated works from the 49 fellows, including Sara, in an extensive exhibition showcasing the diversity of those artists who have received and benefited from the Fellowship. Works created during their time in Dunedin are shown, along with more recent works.
The exhibition runs until 26th February 2017, across both the Hocken Library and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, open 10am-5pm daily. For more information, see here.
Blunt™ has teamed up with Dick Frizzell to create the limited edition ‘Weather Bomb’ umbrella. Frizzell comments "I got together with my mate Tamati Coffey, who knew all the weather sayings under the sun and drew up the 'weather bomb'". The result is an umbrella painted with sayings, song lyrics and famous weather reports - in Frizzell's signature sign-style print.
For every 'Weather Bomb' umbrella sold, Blunt™ will donate $40 to Oxfam NZ, to put towards their climate change initiatives.
Visit Blunt Umbrellas online to order, or read more about the project here.
A major commission by Paul Dibble was unveiled at the University of Otago last Friday.
Titled Pathways, and consisting of 5 bronze figures set among a cross modeled on the national emblem of Scotland, the St Andrew’s cross, the sculpture was given to the University by the Stuart Residence Halls Council to celebrate its 75th anniversary.
Positioned in a busy pedestrian area, the work will form a major cultural landmark at the university. Read more about the work in the Otago Daily Times here.
Andre Hemer is having an extremely successful year and can add another award to his already growing accolades. Hemer has been awarded the 2016 New Generation Award from the Arts Foundation and wins a cash prize of $25,000.
About the award: "New Generation artists are the hot shots, the ones to watch, and the ones who have an X-factor that sets them apart from their peers. They have assured potential. Their work is exciting. They are independent, individual and show outstanding promise. They also display a depth of thinking and consistency that gives their work strength."
For more details about the winners and the other awards given, see here.
NZ Herald arts writer T.J. McNamara reviewed both of our current exhibitions from Lee Ufan and Dick Frizzell.
On Frizzell, he writes: "Frizzell's clever eye and searching brush fixes on the New Zealand scene as all good painters here should."
On Korean minimalist artist and philosopher, Lee Ufan, he states: "Three of the paintings, all called Dialogue, carry isolated gestural forms in watercolour. They are not in any sense representational but rather forms for meditation."
Read the full review here. Both exhibitions close on November 19th.
"Richard Lewer’s art makes us laugh even as we recognise the painful moments of weakness and failure he’s looking at. Lisa Slade reports."
Richard Lewer is profiled in the Summer edition of Art News, exploring recent exhibitions and Lewer's inventive approach to materials. Slade touches on Lewer's treatment of war, sporting failure and mental illness, his ability to work with peoples' darkest times, through which he looks to encourage a deeper understanding of ourselves.
Read the full article here.
Gow Langsford Gallery has popped up in Christchurch to showcase an exciting new exhibition.
For three weeks this month, the exhibition will feature works by New Zealand and international artists, including Gregor Kregar, Dick Frizzell, Sara Hughes, Reuben Paterson, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Gordon Walters and Colin McCahon. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and see the project unfold.
Visit us at the newly renovated space at The Tannery, or read more about the exhibition here.
Gow Langsford Gallery Pop Up
200 Cumnor Tce
Friday 4th - Sunday 20th November
Open daily 10 - 5pm
Dick Frizzell will lend his artistic hand to create a limited edition silkscreen print to help fundraise money for the Hundertwasser Arts Centre & Wairau Maori Art Gallery in Whangarei. The Hundertwasser Foundation in Vienna has given Frizzell the copyright permission to produce the print, with the working title of ‘Homage a Hundertwasser’.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist and architect, who has ties to New Zealand after he purchased land in the Bay of Islands in the 1970s, where he lived until his death in 2000. He designed and built the Bottle House, as well as the 'Hundertwasser Toilets' in Kawakawa which is a hot spot for tourists, and one of the most photographed toilet blocks in New Zealand. In 1993, the Mayor of Whangarei invited him to design an art centre for the city and now 20 years on, this design will hopefully be implemented with the help of donations and backing from local council and national museums and galleries.
The Art Centre will have a gallery space to exhibit over 50 original works by Hundertwasser on loan from Vienna and will also include the Wairau Maori Art Gallery, to showcase and celebrate contemporary Maori art. They hope to raise upwards of $13 million and commence building in 2017.
For more information on this project and ways in which you can donate or volunteer, visit their website here.
Gallery artist, Hye Rim Lee has a number of exciting international group exhibitions that open over the Spring/Summer period. See below for the exhibition dates and locations.
Dialogue with the Senses
The 4th Korea-Indonesia Media Installation Art
21st October - 3rd November 2016
Galeria Fatahillah (Jakarta History Museum), Jakarta
Gallery Simon, Seoul, Korea
10th November 2016 - 11th January 2017
Myth and Science / Unseen Science
International Animamix Biennale for Comics and Animation
Art:1 New Museum Jakarta
9th December 2016 – 9th April 2017
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
31st January - 30th July 2017
Curated by Kathy Goncharov, (Curator for Fred Wilson, American Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale)
Sponsored by the Museum and Fondazione Berengo, Venice
Richard Lewer has been announced as one of the first of nine artists (out of 50) who will be included in The National: New Australian Art, a collaborative exhibition organised by The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Lewer will contribute hand-drawn animation and a performance examining Aboriginal deaths in custody at The Carriageworks, Sydney. All works in this exhibition share key themes of anxiety of identity and social engagement.
The dates for The National: New Australian Art are:
Art Gallery of New South Wales: 30th March to 30th July 2017
Carriageworks: 30th March to 18th June 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art: 30th March to 18th June 2017
For more information, see here.
Graham Fletcher's newest solo exhibition Dear Stranger has been reviewed by NZ Herald art's writer T.J. McNamara saying Fletcher's works are "... done with clear, decisive drawing and lively perspective.".
To read the full review, see here. Dear Stranger finishes on 20th October.
To coincide with the Year of The Monkey, Beijing Design Week 2016 and China's Golden Week, Australian artist Lisa Roet presents a selection of her sculptural works at The Opposite House Hotel in Taikoo Li Sanlitun shopping hub in the Chaoyang District.
Along with her famous chimp busts in marble, bronze and gold, Roet also has a selection of custom designed 'Skin Jewellery' inspired by primates and their skin texture and features. The largest of the exhibition is the 10 metre tall inflatable 'Golden Monkey' that sits aloft the side of the building.
The exhibition runs from 22nd September - 31st October 2016. More information can be found here.
Famed English sculptor Tony Cragg presents a new selection of works at Lisson Gallery, London. The exhibition runs from October 1st - November 5th 2016, and includes some fascinating new sculptures using Cragg's distinctive fluidity and mesmerising forms.
Gallery artist Jono Rotman presents a new solo exhibition titled Ōmarunui at Hawke's Bay's Parlour Projects gallery. Opening on Wednesday 5th October, Ōmarunui features six large scale photographs exploring the historical events that took place at Ōmarunui in October of 1866, marking the 150th anniversary of this battle.
The opening reception is on Wednesday 5th October from 5 - 6pm, and the exhibition closes on November 5th. For more on the exhibition see here, and for more on Rotman and his previous work, feel free to contact us, or visit his artist page.
The 2016 SCAPE Public Art Season has been announced with gallery artist David McCracken included in this year's line-up. This year some works will be exhibited in the new location in the Christ's College Quadrangle, Christchurch (accessible from Rolleston Ave) as part of the curated exhibition element Presence. Presence is a selection of engaging and diverse works that will be the final stop in the SCAPE Public Art Walkways, where free daily guided tours will start from the Arts Centre taking visitors on a tour of the public works.
McCracken's Portrait of Mass Ascending reflects his ongoing practice in transforming pedestrian, everyday materials into engaging sculptural forms. Along with this work, many of his recent 'bomb' forms from his recent exhibition, Plain View, will also pop up around Christchurch City.
The SCAPE season will run for a six-week period beginning on 1 October until 12 November 2016, which includes the school holidays and the ever popular New Zealand Cup & Show Week.
Gallery director John Gow had a number of notable successes at last night’s Art + Object auction of the Tim and Sherrah Francis Collection that includes around 220 works collected over their lifetime. Works by Michael Illingworth, Shane Cotton, Rita Angus, and the 66 piece naive collection were all acquired by John on behalf of respected clients and private collectors, with many of the artist's achieving new record prices at auction. The biggest sale of the night, Colin McCahon’s Canoe Tainui was also purchased by John on behalf of a private collector at the record price of $1.35 million; with the added buyer’s premium and auction fees, this will rise to $1,621,68.50.
The 4.8m long Canoe Tainui was purchased by Tim and Sherrah in 1969 (the year of its completion) for the mere price of $550. The text adorning the work is taken directly from the preface of Matire Kereama’s 1968 book, The Tail of the Fish: Maori Memories of the Far North, where each name traces the generations of the Tainui tribe.
Represent artist André Hemer was awarded the Paramount Award at Monday night's 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards for his work, Big Node #10, 2015. The Paramount Award is the top prize, where Hemer will depart on a six month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, USA. Sir James Wallace commented that "the great, challenging, and enigmatic work demonstrated why Hemer is regarded as one of the top new artists on the international art scene".
Reuben Paterson has recently completed a new public work in coordination with the Auckland Council to brighten up the Ronwood Ave carpark in Manukau City, Auckland. Day/Night has been an ongoing project for four years with artist, Lonnie Hutchinson who completed and installed the 'night' part of the project, Night: Aroha atu, Aroha mai / I love you, last year.
Paterson's Me Rongo: Walk in Rainbows shrouds the exterior of the carpark with 148 brightly coloured prisms, made in collaboration with prism maker Walter Foott, to cast rainbows throughout the functional, but not aesthetically pleasing architecture of the carpark. In a short video (view it here), Paterson explains that he wanted to "activate the carpark, make it kinetic, and make it beautiful".
Artist Dick Frizzell and business partner Christian Kasper, along with TV personality Erin Simpson, have created the immense cookbook Cooking 4 Change, featuring 101 favourite recipes from well-known New Zealanders. All profits from the sale of the cookbook (RRP $49.95) go to four deserving charities, including Auckland City Mission, Starship Foundation, Leukemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand and Paw Justice, with the Cooking 4 Change Charitable Trust being created to aid and support organisations like the aforementioned in the future.
The cookbook contains illustration and design by Dick, and a whole host of recipes to get families eating the right food, that is not only nutritious, but delicious.
For more information on Cooking 4 Change and the initiative, visit their website. A short video was also included on Seven Sharp last week about the event they held at the Auckland City Mission to celebrate the launch of the cookbook, watch the video here.
"They are more cheerful than the big caterpillar tracks, but have the same qualities of ingenious invention and imaginative use of modern materials."
"The lack of descriptive titles shows flowers that loom dimly under the surface are almost completely subsumed to the purpose of making an independent work of art intricate and luminous and complete in itself. The success rate in this show is high."
Read the full review here. Both exhibitions finish this Saturday 28th August.
We are pleased to share that gallery artists Andre Hemer and Hye Rim Lee have been announced as finalists for the 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016. There were 371 applicants, with it being narrowed down to 88 entries. The second phase of judging will proceed with all works being delivered to the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre prior to the ceremony and exhibition.
The opening will be held on Monday 5th September, by invitation only. Following this, works will be exhibited to the public and a selection of works will show in the Award Winners & Travelling Finalists exhibition. For further information, visit their website.
On Thursday 1st September 2016, the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation will unveil the concept model for the recent acquisition of a major site-specific artwork commission from gallery artist, Judy Millar. The night will be filled with bespoke cocktails by Michael Dearth from Baduzzi and food by Grahame Dawson, with Millar art directing the event.
There are limited tickets, which are available for $50 per person by emailing email@example.com where you will be given instructions on how to purchase tickets. Please RSVP by 19th August.
More details on the commission here.
Gallery artist Chris Heaphy has just unveiled his latest work as part of a collaboration with Heart of the City Auckland. The dragon has been installed at 65-71 Federal Street, Auckland, and features Heaphy's signature motifs of historical and cross-cultural references and iconic imagery.
John Hurrell reviews James Cousins' new exhibition Resident.
"...this very process of denying the power of any one isolated single image - a sabotaging, wounding, morphological mash-up - makes exhilarating painting."
Read the full article here. Resident is open to view at Lorne St until 27 August 2016.
Three of Michael Hight's recent works are on display at the Britomart Project Space, located at 26-28 Customs Street East. These works are from his most recent exhibition, Return to the Miniature Garden, with a focus on anecdote and memory associated with land and object. For more on Michael and his works, see here or contact us.
Richard Lewer, the recent recipient of the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Award, is included in a new exhibition, Close to Home, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The exhibition runs from 30 July to 11 December 2016 and includes Lewer, and five other Australian artists in the second Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial with a focus on narrative, memory and experience. To see Lewer give an insight into these works, watch this short video here.
Richard Lewer has been awarded the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize for 2016 with his work The Theatre of Sports. Lewer takes away $100,000, and an exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne from 19th July - 6th November 2016. Over 240 artists from all over Australia submitted entries for this prize, with a focus on how sport and sporting culture can be represented through art, with no restrictions on medium or approach.
Twelve separate canvases form Lewer's winning work, examining what the role of sport has in relation to mental illness; drawing on extremes of behavior and the failures of well known sporting figures.
David McCracken returns to this year's NZ Sculpture OnShore, from the 10th - 20th November at Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, Auckland. McCracken is no stranger to these events and we are sure he will produce a work that is truly awe-inspiring.
NZ Sculpture OnShore have partnered with NZ Women's Refuge to raise money and awareness for this worthy cause and they have raised over $1.5 million for Women's Refuge so far. Details and ticketing information can be found on their website here. For more information on David, and his scope of works, please contact us.
Highly regarded Gallery artist, Max Gimblett will be attending a public event this Sunday the 24th of July at Presbyterian St David's Church on Khyber Pass Road from 3pm. The free event is a celebration of his recent fundraising campaign to raise money for the restoration of this church that Max attended as a young boy.
7,000 of his quatrefoil works, in seven unique designs, were reproduced on brass to represent each Kiwi soldier that fought in WWI for the Art of Remembrance installation. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa held an exhibition that ran from March to May this year, where a selection of the quatrefoils were installed. On Anzac Day last year they were unveiled on the facade of St. David's, and were available for purchase by the public. These small quatrefoils are now situated in homes all over the world.
The event on Sunday will include an interview with Max by Maggie Barry, the Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, with the chance to meet him. Following this, they will announce the total money raised from the sale of these works. For more information on this project, visit the website here.
31st of July is the final date to view The Universe: Max Gimblett on at Tauranga Art Gallery. The exhibition includes a large selection of his works on paper from the Unviersity of Waikato's collection, supplemented with a selection of his paintings from Gow Langsford Gallery. Max visited Tauranga this week and gave a talk about his background, personal journey and works to many Gimblett enthusiasts. For more information on Max, see here.
Katharina Grosse wows again with her latest installation as part of MoMA's PS1 Rockaway! ongoing public art festival. The old abandoned military base from 1917 at Fort Tilden Beach, New York has been given new life with Katharina's vivid colours and iconic brush strokes. It took about a week for Grosse to complete the painting process.
For further information, see the PBS article here.
Three of our talented artists have been selected to create sculptures for the 2017 headland Sculpture on the Gulf at Waiheke Island. David McCracken and Gregor Kregar return, and Alex Monteith (in collaboration with Michelle Lee) will make her SOTG debut.
There were almost 250 proposals submitted, which were narrowed down by a group of experts to 34 selected artists based in New Zealand. It is always a highlight on the summer calendar, and draws large crowds. Next year it will run from 3rd February to 26 February. For further information, visit their website.
Represented artist Sara Hughes is well known for her large scale, vibrant public installations. In conjunction with Britomart, Hughes has completed this new installation located on the large glass box on the corner of Britomart Place and Scene Lane (near the entrance of the car park).
For more information on Sara and her works, see here.
T.J. McNamara's thoughts on Alex Monteith's spectacular Shadow V showing at Lorne St until 2nd July 2016.
"The effect of this symmetry is that as the waves surge forward, the centre drives up the sand like some strange ravening shape-shifting beast thunderously crashing in as an ungovernable, murderous force with wild spume blowing the top of it." Read the full article here.
Over the weekend Matakite by John Walsh opened at Pataka Art and Museum. The exhibition draws together the most outstanding large scale landscape paintings Walsh has produced over the last two decades - a must see!
Pataka Art and Museum
19 June - 18 September 2016
Read more on the exhibition here.
Gallery artists Reuben Paterson and Graham Fletcher feature in the exhibition Art of The Pacific, on now at the National Gallery of Victoria. Featuring works that span a broad cross-section of time and space, the exhibition encourages thought about the continuous history of the Pacific and its dynamic transformation in the face of enormous social change.
Art of the Pacific includes the work of a number of prominent contemporary Pacific Islander and New Zealand artists, notably Fiona Pardington, Reuben Patterson, Brett Graham, Peter Robinson, Greg Semu, Chris Charteris, Graham Fletcher, Daniel Boyd, Francis Upritchard, Yvonne Todd, Taloi Havini and Angela Tiatia whose work appears alongside that of artists working in Vanuatu, Oro Province, The Highlands, West Papua, Samoa, Tonga and the Torres Strait.
NGV International, Level 3
16 March - 14th August 2016
Open 10am - 5pm Daily
Read more about the exhibition on the NGV website here.
WELLINGTON, NZ – World of WearableArt® has announced the creative team for the 28th WOW® Awards Show, New Zealand’s largest performing arts event founded by Dame Suzie Moncrieff.
Returning Show Directors Aucklanders Mike Mizrahi and Marie Adams will spearhead a team which includes Musical Director Don McGlashan as well as a number of New Zealand’s most significant artists and designers, technical experts and theatre practitioners, including gallery artist Reuben Paterson, who will bring to the event a burst of colour and glitz.
Please read more about the event here.
Katharina Grosse is bringing her spray paint to Fort Tilden’s decaying aquatics building in Queens as a part of “Rockaway!,” MoMA PS1’s programming that began in 2013 with Bloomberg Philanthropies. A fantastic outdoor project that will take place over the upcoming months, read more at The New York Times, or read more about MoMA PS1 here.
The Auckland Art Fair has begun! Visit us at The Cloud, Booth 14 until this Sunday the 29th of May.
Featuring works by Dick Frizzell, Judy Millar, Tony Cragg, Dale Frank, Richard Lewer, Paul Dibble, James Cousins, Reuben Paterson, Max Gimblett and Gordon Walters
For more information, please visit the Auckland Art Fair website here.
On Tuesday the 7th of June Seraph press will hold a book launch at Gow Langsford Gallery for Paula Green's new poetry collection New York Pocket Book.
The event will feature a live reading by a number of poets, featuring Angela Andrews, Janet Charman, Murray Edmond, Sophia Johnson, Gregory Kan, Michele Leggott, Vana Manasiadis, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Courtney Sina Meredith, Steven Toussaint, Sophie Van Waardenberg and Albert Wendt. It will be set against the backdrop of Michael Hight's exhibition Return to the Miniature Garden.
"Cash and cauliflowers collided at last night's avant garde launch of a new annual appeal for the Auckland Art Gallery."
Judy Millar art directed the first fundraising event last night for the re-launch of the philanthropic Auckland Art Gallery Foundation, a foundation set up to support the the purchase of significant works of art and exhibitions for the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki.
Read more on the event here.
Gow Langsford Gallery is seeking a versatile and enthusiastic individual to fill a full-time position of Gallery Assistant / Front of House. The position of Gallery Assistant is a multi-faceted job which requires a broad knowledge of local and international art, a high level of organisation, excellent communication skills, initiative and energy.
The successful applicant will have a relevant tertiary qualification; experience in the arts sector and preferably a background in arts administration. A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe packages is required. The role includes Front of House and reception duties, critical writing and sales. A proven record of sales and advanced Adobe knowledge are an advantage.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to continue their career in arts administration. Please email your CV with covering letter to Anna Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 29 May, 2016.
More details on The Big Idea here.
Art Money has extended its reach to New Zealand, just in time for the Auckland Art Fair! We are happy to announce our partnership with the scheme.
A strategy for interest free loans on art, Art Money offers the opportunity to carry home your artwork with a mere 10% deposit.
Find out more on their website here.
Tony Cragg and Hye Rim Lee are to feature alongside an impressive collection of artists in the exhibition Glassfever: Contemporary Art in Glass, opening across four locations in the Netherlands on the 30th of April, running until the 25th of September, 2016.
"Glass is a versatile and complex material. It can reflect light and allow it to pass through simultaneously, it can be clear and opaque, fluid and solid. For many years, glass was only use in applied art. In glassware, jewellery and decorative objects. In autonomous modern art, glass was never considered to be a fully-fledged material like bronze, marble or steel. Not until the 1960s was glass used as a material in modern art without preconception or artistic reserve. Adriano Berengo was a pioneer in this development. For over twenty-five years, Studio Beregno has been modernizing the tradition of Murano glass art by working with renowned names and up-and-coming talent in international contemporary visual arts. The results of Berengo's passionate pioneering work are now on display as part of the GlassFever exhibition at four locations in Dordrecht."
See further information on the exhibition here.
Hye Rim Lee has recently been a part of the exhibition “The Need For My Care”, at Waterfall Mansion and Gallery in New York. Inspired by Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” and in honour of International Woman’s Day, The exhibition gives laud to the strengths, mystery, beauty, and care that make women around the world truly phenomenal. With over 40 acclaimed international artists, The Need For My Care opens up a dialogue about the triumphs and journey of women while reflecting on the mystery and nuances of their spirit. It celebrates the iconoclasts that break down boundaries and empower society through their lives and art. These prolific artists speak about memories of their mothers, mysteries of a woman’s scent, or the power of women who changed history.
Featuring: Lili Almog, Orna Ben-Ami, Maurice Benayoun, Jose Carlos Casado, Jinwon Chang, Caroline Cheng, Mina Cheon, Shi Chong, Melanie Ciccone, Tal Danino, Carole Feuerman, Osang Gwon, Youngsoo Han, Claudia Hart, Oyama Enrico Isamu, Yuki Iwanami, Kim Joon, Eduardo Kac, Yayoi Kusama Andrew Kim, Ilhwa Kim, Kimi Kim, Hayoon Jay Lee, Hyerim Lee, Jee Young Lee, Jihyun Lee, Sung-Kuen Lee, Jessica Lichtenstein, Ujoo+Limheeyoung, Lev Manovich, Takagi Masakatsu, Kirsty Mitchell, Seungmo Park, Soo Sunny Park, Shane Pennington, Sarah Saito, Ellen Sandor, Daehyuk Sim, Jennifer Swanson, Ai Wei Wei, Koh Sang Woo, Thomas Wunsch, Minha Yang, Lu Yang, Yangachi, Hugo Yoshikawa
In Māori cosmology, the separation of the sky and earth brings forth Te Ao Mārama, the world of light, and signals the coming of knowledge. Paterson has used glitter to represent Māori concepts in his work since leaving art school in 1997, and with his new commission The End, invites visitors into an elevator space that emulates a dark sky powdered with stars.
The End was commissioned by the Christchurch Art Gallery and is installed in the main passenger lift at the back of the foyer which goes from the ground floor to the first floor galleries. It’s at the core of the building for visitors. This is one of many projects designed to welcome gallery's visitors back in to the building, and celebrate the milestone of the gallery’s reopening as part of the city’s recovery. The elevator project will provide a 7-8 second immersive art experience for visitors as they ride between floors.
The End, 2016
Cotton Fabric with Metallic Particles
1500 x 1400 x 2135 mm
Commissioned by Te Puna o Waiwhetu Christchurch Art Gallery
On view from the 30 March 2016 - 30 March, 2017
Gregor Kregar's latest exhibition Lost World is now on show in the foyer of the Hastings City Art Gallery until the 1st of May.
Kregar’s interest in dinosaurs was sparked by observing his four year old’s fascination for these creatures. Intrigued by reading him dinosaur books every evening and finding plastic replica all over the house, the artist was spurred to create his own setting in which to bring these prehistoric animals to life.
Hastings City Art Gallery
27 February to 1 May
201 Eastbourne Street East
Op + Pop, opening this Saturday the 6th of February at the Christchurch Art Gallery, takes a look at the continued influence of two major international twentieth-century art movements—Op Art and Pop Art—on New Zealand art. Op, born in Britain in the early 1960s, and Pop, which started in the United States in the late 1950s, opened up dynamic new possibilities for making art.
Gallery artist Reuben Paterson has produced a glitter-screen the scale of a billboard, onto which he will project the animation Te Putahitanga o Rehua.
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu
Op + Pop
6 February - 19 June 2016
Surface Movments is a collaborative place-based project, led by local artist Alex Monteith, that will culminate in a free surf lesson at Te Piha; Piha Beach, Tamaki Makaurau in February 2016.
Leading New Zealand artist and former surf champion Alex Monteith has a long interest in our economic and ecological relationship to specific localities. Using the format of a free surf lesson, Monteith offers an experience of being in Piha that connects participants to local political and cultural contexts. Promoting barrier-free access to the lesson is important, and the event is open to people of all ages (over the age of 6) and all abilities. Collaboration with a number of partiesis also vital to facilitating the surf lesson. Monteith will collaborate with Piha communities connected with the ocean; particularly the surf schools of Piha, surfers with a history at Piha, local historians , including Pita Turei, Piha Surf Life Saving Club, and locals at large to create a lesson that foregrounds the various economical, ecological and cultural meanings that Piha Beach holds for mulitple groups simultaneously.
Accompanying the live, participatory performance event is an exhibition at Te Uru. Over the course of February, custom-made rash vests will be installed in a gallery space, their function latent until they are used in the surf lesson, before being re-installed again in the gallery space. Video footage from the event will later be added to the exhibition.
Surface Movements at Piha Beach and Te Uru extends projects that Alex has undertaken at Lyall Bay, Wellington, and Shark Alley, Mt Maunganui Tauranga, but is the first in her own community.
Details of the event and exhibition will be added to a Te Uru Facebook page and website page as details unfold.
Surface Movements: a live surf lesson as performance event
14 February 2016, Piha Beach
Surface Movements: an accompanying exhibition
30 January – 13 March 2016, Te Uru
Congratulations to Dick Frizzell who is one of ten to be nominated for the New Zealander of the Year award, an accolade which honours people who have achieved extraordinary things in a Kiwi way.
A final shortlist will be announced this month, with the winner announced on February 17. Read more on the nominees for the shortlist here.
It is our pleasure to announce the completion of a new site-specific installation by Sara Hughes, Phoenix Cluster, for the lobby of the Old South British Building on Shortland St in the city, in association with ArttForm. The lobby is open to the public, so be sure to stop in and have a look over the next 6 months, the duration of the installation.
James Cousins is currently the subject of a mini-survey at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. Made between 2009-2015, the exhibited works combine what might otherwise be perceived as contradictory painting concerns: the figurative and the abstract: the illusory and the material. The exhibition is open until the 21st of February. Please visit Te Uru's website for more information, or read a review of the exhibition by John Hurrell on Eye Contact here.
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
28 November 2015 — 21 February 2016
Coinciding with the colourful German Carnival season, German painter Katharina Grosse has transformed the Cologne Transport center Chlodwigplatz into an immersive wall painting. Paint applied by spray gun, now covers the majority of the concrete walls. The paint converts the functional underground station into an illusionary pictorial space. Regular service will begin from December 13, 2015.
Now in its 19th year, Sculpture by the Sea has hit the beach once again. The coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach in Sydney has been transformed into a 2 km long temporary sculpture park. Alongside over 100 works by acclaimed local and international artists is the work of our represented artist David McCracken. Sculpture by the sea is a free public event that will be up until November 8th.
For more information on Sculpture by the Sea, please visit their website:
Paul Dibble’s monumental sculpture “The New Zealand War Memorial” is now featured on a new app called StatueFindr which can be purchased through iTunes. StatueFinder documents Westminster’s rich artistic history from King Charles I to the latest commemorative sculptures and contemporary art, StatueFindr provides exceptional photographs and biographies on the statues and sculptures and detailed information about the people who created them.
Congratulations to Richard Lewer on winning the 2015 Albany Art Prize!
This prestigious award is in its 8th year, offering $25,000 and a 4 week studio residency to artists living and working in Australia.
Richard Lewer on the chosen work:
Last year the Western Australian government implemented a shark culling program off the swimming beaches of Perth and the South West coastline following the deaths of 7 people. Being a surfer, I was spooked by the fatal attacks but like many locals, was also concerned about the efficacy of the government’s fear-driven policy and the brutality of the baited drum lines used to capture the sharks.
My work explores extremes and conflict; the shark culling program attracted local, national and international attention, and public demonstrations were held around the country; as a social realist I joined the 6000-strong protest at Cottesloe Beach to document the fervent debate in my local community.
This work will be exhibited alongside the finalists in Albany, 4 September - 11 October.
Congratulations to Martin Ball, who has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Parkin Drawing award.
The award, valued at $20,000, is New Zealand's premier award for drawing.
The Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition will be held at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts Academy Galleries from 11th August to 13th September, with the winner announced on the 7th of September.
If you’re driving along the highway nearing Melbourne you may have noticed a familiar sight. Gregor Kregar has recently installed a nine meter tall metallic gnome at the Cranbourne Rd exit of Peninsula link. Reflective Lullaby is commissioned and owned by McClelland Sculpture Park. Over the next twenty five years McClelland Sculpture Park will commission artists to create large sculptures resulting in 14 major pieces displayed over the twenty five year duration.
To listen to Gregor Kregar talk with McClelland’s Director John Cunningham discuss the work, follow this link: http://www.abc.net.au/…/programs/booksandarts/gnomes/6621942
Simon Ingram is currently exhibiting in Sofia’s largest international art festival ‘The Water Tower Art Festival’. The festival is an artist run initiative that has been operating every year in June since 2006.
“The festival now has developed as a platform of exchange of national and international artists working in all disciplines within contemporary visual art. It gives the opportunity to share ideas and to question the socio-political situation with its socially engaged works made especially for the venues and showcase of contemporary artworks with the notion of overcoming the paradigm of our age, dominated by economic structures that obstruct our very prime right to exist.
Part of the festival this year will take place in the city of Pernik, (very close to Sofia), which in the 1980’s boasted more than 80 working factories with heavy industry – now, nearly all shut down, abandoned and in ruins, especially after the earthquake 3 years ago. In the face of this visible product of post-communist catastrophe, the notion of being politically correct is no longer satisfactory and we take a stand with the unquestionable power of art. The hunches we follow this year are mere ideas to be where needed, as artists and fully aware of the function art has in society nowadays.
We are calling for revival, trying to bring back hope and sense in hopeless places and senseless time.”
If you are in town during the month of May be sure to stop by the Britomart Project Space window to have a look at painter James Cousin's explorations of process and procedure. Nine works, side by side, intertwine abstraction with figuration in a new installation not to be missed.
Faced with a life or death choice, what would you do? Until we find ourselves in such a situation we can't be sure what lengths we’d go to in order to stay alive.
Join us at St Paul Street Gallery tomorrow night to view Richard Lewer's latest exhibition The Custom of the Sea. Featuring a major collaborative wall drawing, which involved 50+ volunteers over the course of one week, this exhibition is not one to miss.
Make the most of the opportunity to view both The Custom of the Sea and It's more than a game in close vicinity next week (It's more than a game closes on the 24th of April).
RICHARD LEWER The Custom of the Sea
ST PAUL St Gallery Two
17 April – 22 May 2015
Opening 5.30pm 16 April
Next Spring the former summer residence of the aristocratic d’Ursel family will be the setting for an unusual exhibition. SWEET 18 will show you the 18th century through the eyes of fifty contemporary designers, artists and fashion designers: from Erwin Olaf and Wim Delvoye to Walter van Beirendonck, Cindy Sherman and Philippe Starck.
Two of Jan De Vlieghers paintings will form part of the exhibition, which opens on the first of May 2015 and runs until the 5th of July at Kasteel D’Ursel. See more information on the exhibition here.
Gallery artist Tony Cragg has been announced as the next exhibitor in the Madison Square Art program. The exhibition Walks of Life will feature a trio of new bronze works by Cragg, each in his trademark organic style sited on separate sections of lawn within the park. Walks of Life is open to the public from 18 September - 8 February, 2015. We currently have a limited number of Cragg sculptures available through the gallery, please contact us for image and work details.
The Auckland Festival of Photography celebrates its 10th Anniversary this month and is hosting free photographic events throughout Auckland. The Festival runs from 30th May – 21st June. Our exhibition MONUMENT: featuring Anthony Goicolea (15 May – 8 June) is part of the Festival’s Signature Programme and will be included in Festival Tuesday Circuit, Tuesday 4th June, 6- 9pm.
Niue recently hosted an exhibition of works by John Pule as part of the 3rd Arts and Cultural Festival. It is the first time an exhibition of this scale has been mounted in Pule’s homeland. In support of the event, Gallery Director John Gow flew to Niue to officiate the opening preview alongside Niuean Premier, The Hon. Toke Talagi.
Simon Ingram’s exhibition Smoking Bolts opens next month at Artspace in Sydney. The show features a cluster of machines that will take up occupation in the Artspace Gallery. Successively marking out different compositions and notations they paint live in the space through an operational system run remotely by the artist in Auckland. The title refers to a clandestine operation in which ‘a special entry team breaks into an enemy installation and steals a high-security device, like a code machine, leaving nothing but the smoking bolts.’ The exhibition runs 2 May - 16 June 2013. See their website for full details.
Headland Sculpture on the Gulf is a sculpture trail on Waiheke Island. It’s free to the public and runs until 17 February. See their website for more details